HMS Pelorus (1857)
|Launched:||5 February 1857|
|Fate:||Broken up, 1869|
|Class and type:||Pearl-class corvette|
|Displacement:||2,290 long tons (2,327 t)|
|Tons burthen:||1464 bm|
|Length:||225 ft 3 in (68.66 m) oa
200 ft (61 m) (gundeck)
|Beam:||40 ft 4 in (12.29 m)|
|Draught:||17 ft 3 in (5.26 m) (forward)
20 ft 6 in (6.25 m) (aft)
|Depth of hold:||23 ft 11 in (7.29 m)|
|Installed power:||400 nominal horsepower
1,408 ihp (1,050 kW)
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
|Speed:||10.9 knots (20.2 km/h) (under steam)|
HMS Pelorus was a 2,330 ton displacement, 21 gun corvette launched on 5 February 1857 from the Devonport dockyard. It was captained at first by Frederick Beauchamp Paget Seymour, then by Henry Boys, and later William Henry Haswell.
In June 1860, as flagship of the Australian Squadron under Captain Frederick Seymour, she participated in the attack on Puketakauere pā during the First Taranaki War. Later that year, the crew landed at Kairau to support British troops under attack from Maori and in January 1861 a gun crew from the ship helped defend the British redoubt at Huirangi against the Maori. She left the Australia Station in July 1862 for Plymouth.
She was decommissioned in 1868 and was broken up for scrap in 1869.
- 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.
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