C-class corvette

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C-class corvette is a name sometimes used unofficially[1] to describe vessels of two closely related classes of corvettes of the Victorian Royal Navy.

  • The nine-ship Comus class launched between 1876 and 1879
  • The two-vessel Calypso class of 1883–84, a slightly larger and faster refinement of the Comus class.


  1. ^ Noel, G. H. "A Practical Measurement of the Comparative Fighting Efficiency of Ships of War", Transactions of the Institution of Naval Architects, Vol. XXVI, p. 10 (London:1885); 1889 Statement in the House of Commons by the First Lord of the Admiralty; 1893 Statement in House of Commons by U. Kay-Shuttleworth, MP; and Hunter, Mark C. "HMS Calypso: Locating the Newfoundland Royal Naval reserve drill ship, 1900-22", The Great Circle: Journal of the Australian Association for Maritime History, 28:1 (2006) pp. 38-39 (quoting 1900 letter from commodore of Newfoundland Division of RN on proposed use of "C-class" ships).