Plover-class gunvessel

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HMS Woodlark (1871) IWM Q 40622.jpg
Woodlark in 1880
Class overview
Name: Plover class
Operators:  Royal Navy
Preceded by: Cormorant class
Succeeded by: Beacon class
Built: 1867–1871
Completed: 12
Scrapped: 12
General characteristics (as built)
Type: Wooden screw gunvessel
Displacement: 805 long tons (818 t)
Tons burthen: 663 bm
Length: 170 ft (51.8 m) (p/p)
Beam: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Draught: 10 ft 6 in (3.2 m)
Depth: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Installed power: 857–985 ihp (639–735 kW)
Propulsion: 2 shafts
2 × 2-cylinder horizontal steam engines
4 × boilers
Sail plan: Barque rig
Speed: 10–11 knots (19–20 km/h; 12–13 mph)
Complement: 90
Armament: 1 × 7-inch rifled muzzle-loading gun
2 × 40-pounder rifled breechloading guns

The Plover-class gunvessels were a class of wooden gunboats built for the Royal Navy in the late 1860s. They mostly served overseas and were retired early as they were regarded as hopelessly obsolete by the late 1880s.

Ships[edit]

Ship Builder[1] Laid down[2] Launched[2] Completed[2] Fate[2]
Plover Deptford Dockyard NA 20 February 1867 NA Sold for breaking, August 1885
Ringdove Portsmouth Dockyard NA 4 September 1867 NA Sold for breaking, 17 May 1882
Philomel Deptford Dockyard NA 29 October 1867 NA Sold at Bombay, 14 April 1886
Lapwing Devonport Dockyard 21 January 1867 8 November 1867 27 June 1868 Sold for breaking, 15 April 1885
Magpie Portsmouth Dockyard NA 12 February 1868 NA Survey vessel in 1878. Sold, September 1885
Bullfinch Sheerness Dockyard NA 13 February 1868 NA Sold for breaking, June 1885
Seagull Devonport Dockyard 15 April 1867 6 March 1868 19 April 1871 Sold for breaking, November 1887
Curlew Deptford Dockyard NA 20 August 1868 NA Sold for breaking, 7 November 1882
Swallow Portsmouth Dockyard NA 16 November 1868 NA Sold, 18 October 1882
Bittern Pembroke Dockyard NA 20 September 1869 NA Sold for breaking, November 1887
Vulture Sheerness Dockyard NA 6 November 1869 NA Sold for breaking, September 1885
Woodlark Chatham Dockyard NA 9 March 1871 NA Sold at Bombay, 9 March 1887

Notes[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Chesneau & Kolesnik, p. 109
  2. ^ a b c d Lyon & Winfield, p. 293

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