HMS Cruizer (1852)

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HMS Cruizer
HMS Cruiser at Malta in 1894 (as HMS Lark)
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Name: HMS Cruizer
Builder: Royal Dockyard, Deptford
Cost: £25,213[1]
Launched: 1852-06-19
Renamed: HMS Cruiser, 1857
HMS Lark, 1872
Fate: Sold at Malta in 1912
General characteristics
Class and type: Cruizer-class screw sloop
Displacement: 960 tons[1][Note 1]
Tons burthen: 747 51/94 bm[1]
Length: 160 ft (49 m) (gundeck)
140 ft 1.75 in (42.7165 m) (keel)
Beam: 31 ft 10 in (9.70 m)[1]
Depth of hold: 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m)[1]
Installed power: 60 Nominal horsepower
132 ihp (98 kW)[1]
  • Two-cylinder horizontal single-expansion geared steam engine[Note 2]
  • Single screw[1]
Sail plan: Barque-rigged
Speed: 6.6 kn (12.2 km/h)
Armament: (Removed 1872)
  • One 32-pdr (56cwt) pivot gun
  • Sixteen 32-pdr (32cwt) carriage guns
For other ships of the same name, see HMS Cruizer.

HMS Cruizer was a 17-gun wooden screw sloop, the name-ship of the Cruizer class of the Royal Navy, launched at the Royal Dockyard, Deptford in 1852. The spelling of her name was formally altered to HMS Cruiser in 1857. She became a sail training vessel in 1872 and was renamed HMS Lark. She was eventually sold for breaking in 1912.


Her first years of service were spent on the China station, during which a party of her crew took part in the Battle of Fatshan Creek in 1857. Her commander, Charles Fellowes, was the first man over the walls of Canton when the city was taken,[2] and the ship saw further action on the Yangtse river, including the attack on the Taku Forts on the Peiho river in 1858.

Cruizer in action against the Taiping, 20 November 1858

In 1860, under the command of John Bythesea she surveyed the Gulf of Pechili to prepare moorings for the Allied fleet to disembark troops for the advance on Peking.

Cruiser was laid up in England in 1867, before being recommissioned for the Mediterranean station.


In 1872, having had her guns and engine removed, she became a sail training ship and was renamed Lark, in which capacity she served until at least 1903. She was finally sold for breaking up at Malta in 1912.


  1. ^ The rest of the class displaced 1,045 tons
  2. ^ The rest of the class had non-geared engines developing 100 nominal horsepower


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