HMS Arrogant (1848)
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Ordered:||11 February 1845|
|Laid down:||September 1845|
|Launched:||5 April 1848|
|Out of service:||1862|
|Fate:||Sold March 1867|
|Tons burthen:||1872 tons bm|
|Length:||200 ft 0 in (61.0 m) (gundeck)
172 ft 9 in (52.7 m) (keel)
|Beam:||45 ft 8.75 in (13.9 m)|
|Depth of hold:||15 ft 1 in (4.60 m)|
|Armament:||46 guns comprising
Main deck: 12 x 8in (65cwt) shell + 16 x 32pdr (56cwt)
Upper deck: 2 x 68pdr (95cwt) + 16 x 32pdr (42cwt)
In 1854 the Arrogant was part of the fleet deployed to the Baltic Sea on the outbreak of the Crimean War, and served in that theatre until 1855. On 15 April 1854 the Arrogant was one of a number of Royal Navy ships that captured the Russian brig Patrioten. Two of the ship's company, Lieutenant John Bythesea and stoker William Johnstone won Victoria Crosses after they went ashore in one of the ship's boats on 9 August 1854, and intercepted Russian soldiers carrying mailbags. They then forced the soldiers back to the ship along with the mailbags.
Later in the Crimean War, four vessels of the Royal Navy - Arrogant, Cossack, Magicienne, and Ruby - silenced the Russian batteries at a fort on Gogland on 21 July 1855, while the Anglo-French fleet went on to attack Sveaborg before returning home.
The Arrogant was taken out of active service and fitted for Coast Guard duties in 1857. She was decommissioned in 1862 and was sold to be broken up in March 1867.
- Lyon, David & Winfield, Rif: The Sail and Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815-1889 Chatham Publishing, 2004. ISBN 1-86176-032-9.
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