HMS Alacrity (1872)

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Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Alacrity
Builder: John Cuthbert, Millers Point, New South Wales
Launched: 1872
Acquired: 1873
Fate: Sold in 1882 to Colony of New South Wales.
General characteristics
Type: schooner
Complement: 27

HMS Alacrity was a schooner of the Royal Navy, built by John Cuthbert, Millers Point, New South Wales as the yacht Ethel and purchased by the Royal Navy in 1872.[1]

She commenced service on the Australia Station at Sydney in 1873 as a tender for HMS Clio, later used for anti-blackbirding operations in the South Pacific and also for hydrographic surveys.[1] She was paid off in 1882 and sold to the Colony of New South Wales and converted in a powder hulk guardship.[1]

Alacrity was in use as an accommodation hulk at Bantry Bay during the Second World War.


  1. ^ a b c Bastock, pp.58-59.


  • Bastock, John (1988), Ships on the Australia Station, Child & Associates Publishing Pty Ltd; Frenchs Forest, Australia. ISBN 0-86777-348-0