HMS Iris (1840)
|Ordered:||20 February 1837|
|Laid down:||September 1838|
|Launched:||14 July 1840|
|Decommissioned:||16 October 1869|
|Fate:||Sold as a cable vessel|
|Class & type:||Spartan-class sixth-rate frigate (later "corvette")|
|Displacement:||911 33⁄94 (bm)|
|Length:||131 ft (40 m) (overall)
106 ft 1 in (32.33 m) (keel)
|Beam:||40 ft 6 1⁄4 in (12.351 m)|
|Depth of hold:||10 ft 9 in (3.28 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
|Armament:||Upperdeck: 18 x 24-pounder guns
QD: 6 x 32-pounder guns
Between 1840 and 15 August 1843, she served with the West Africa Squadron and then was assigned to the East Indies Station. She was the flagship of the Australian Squadron between 1859 and 1860 under the command of Captain William Loring. She participated in the attack on Puketakauere pā during the First Taranaki War and left the Australia Station in 1861.
She was decommissioned on 16 October 1869 and was sold and operated as a cable vessel.
- Winfield, Rif & Lyon, David (2004). The Sail and Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815–1889. London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-032-6. OCLC 52620555. p. 115
- Bastock, p.27.
- Bastock, John (1988), Ships on the Australia Station, Child & Associates Publishing Pty Ltd; Frenchs Forest, Australia. ISBN 0-86777-348-0
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