Bacchante-class corvette

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HMS Bacchante
HMS Bacchante
Class overview
  • Bacchante-class corvette
  • (later Bacchante-class cruiser)
Builders: Portsmouth and Chatham Dockyards
Operators:  Royal Navy
Built: 1875 - 1877
In commission: 1877 - 1905
Planned: 4
Completed: 3
Cancelled: 1
Lost: 0
General characteristics
Class and type:
  • Iron screw corvettes
  • (cruisers from 1877)
Displacement: 3913 - 4070 tons[1]
Length: 280 ft (85 m)
Beam: 45 ft (14 m)
Draught: 23 ft (7.0 m)[2]
  • Three-cylinder horizontal compound-expansion steam engine
  • 10 × cylindrical boilers
  • 1 × 21 ft (6.4 m) diameter screw[2]
Sail plan: Ship-rigged
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h)[2]
Complement: 375 (later 420)[2]

The Bacchante class was a group of three iron screw corvettes in service with the Royal Navy from the late 1870s.

Design and construction[edit]

The ships were designed by Nathaniel Barnaby in 1872, with the first two ordered from Portsmouth Royal Dockyard in 1872 and Euryalus from Chatham Royal Dockyard in 1873. These were the last ships to be built of iron for the Royal Navy, with teak planking. Although similar, the three ships differed in design and appearance, and thus did not technically form a single class. A fourth ship (Highflyer) was ordered in 1878 from Portsmouth Dockyard, but was cancelled in 1879. In 1887, like all the remaining corvettes, they were redesignated cruisers by the Royal Navy.


Name Ship builder Launched Fate
Boadicea Portsmouth Dockyard 16 October 1875[1] Sold 6 January 1905[2]
Bacchante Portsmouth Dockyard 19 October 1876[1] Sold 10 May 1897[2]
Euryalus Chatham Dockyard 31 January 1877[1] Sold 10 May 1897[2]
Highflyer Cancelled 1879

See also[edit]

Media related to Bacchante class corvette at Wikimedia Commons


  1. ^ a b c d "Bacchante-class at Battleships-Cruisers website". Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h 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.