HMS Iris (1840)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Iris.
Name: HMS Iris
Ordered: 20 February 1837[1]
Builder: Devonport Dockyard
Cost: £17,233
Laid down: September 1838[1]
Launched: 14 July 1840
Decommissioned: 16 October 1869
Fate: Sold as a cable vessel
General characteristics
Class and type: Spartan-class sixth-rate frigate (later "corvette")
Displacement: 911 3394 (bm)[1]
Length: 131 ft (40 m) (overall)
106 ft 1 in (32.33 m) (keel)[1]
Beam: 40 ft 6 14 in (12.351 m)[1]
Depth of hold: 10 ft 9 in (3.28 m)[1]
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 240
Armament: Upperdeck: 18 x 24-pounder guns

QD: 6 x 32-pounder guns

Fc: 2 x 32-pounder gunnades

HMS Iris was a 26-gun sixth-rate frigate launched on 14 July 1840 from Devonport Dockyard. She was the first flagship of the Australia Station between 1859 and 1861.[2]

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 during the First Taranaki War and left the Australia Station in 1861.[2]

She was decommissioned on 16 October 1869 and was sold and operated as a cable vessel.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f 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
  2. ^ a b c Bastock, p.27.


  • Bastock, John (1988), Ships on the Australia Station, Child & Associates Publishing Pty Ltd; Frenchs Forest, Australia. ISBN 0-86777-348-0