HMS Topaze (1858)

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HMS Topaze British Columbia 1860s.jpg
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Topaze
Launched: 12 May 1858, Devonport
Commissioned: 11 June 1859
Decommissioned: 28 June 1878
Fate: Sold on 14 February 1884 and broken up at Charlton
General characteristics
Class & type: Liffey class frigate
Displacement: 3,915 tons
Tons burthen: 2,659 bm
Length: 235 ft
Propulsion: 600 hp steam engine
Complement: 515
Armament: 24 guns:
3 x 8 in
1 x 68 pdr
20 x 32 pdr
For other ships of the same name, see HMS Topaze.

HMS Topaze was a 24-gun Liffey class wooden screw frigate of the Royal Navy. She was launched on 12 May 1858, at Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth. Her crew assisted in the building of the Race Rocks Lighthouse in British Columbia, Canada, and laid a bronze tablet in 1863 at the Juan Fernández Islands commemorating the stay of marooned sailor Alexander Selkirk.[1] On the same voyage, the band from HMS Topaze played for the dedication of Congregation Emanu-El, now the oldest surviving synagogue building in Canada.[2]

The voyage to Easter Island in 1868 saw the crew remove the Moai Moai Hava and Hoa Hakananai'a and ship them to Britain, where Hoa Hakananai'a can now be seen in the British Museum.

Topaze was sold on 14 February 1884 and broken up at Charlton.


  1. ^ Kraske (2005), p.100
  2. ^ The Synagogue of Congregation Emanu-El [1]


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