HMS Blanche (1867)
|Launched:||17 August 1867|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap, September 1886|
|General characteristics (as built)|
|Class and type:||Eclipse-class wooden screw sloop (later corvette)|
|Displacement:||1,760 long tons (1,790 t)|
|Tons burthen:||1,268 bm|
|Length:||212 ft (64.6 m) (p/p)|
|Beam:||36 ft (11.0 m)|
|Draught:||16 ft 6 in (5.0 m)|
|Depth:||21 ft 6 in (6.6 m)|
|Installed power:||2,158 ihp (1,609 kW)|
|Sail plan:||Barque rig|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
She was sent to the Australia Station in January 1868, arriving in April 1868. She undertook a punitive action against Solomon Island natives in September 1869. During 1870, she joined in the search for the schooner Daphne, which was unsuccessful. Under the command of Captain Cortland Simpson, she undertook a survey of Rabaul's Harbour in 1872. Blanche Bay is named after HMS Blanche. She finished service on the Australia Station in 1875. While sailing to England she was almost lost rounding Cape Horn in bad weather.
After being refitted and rearmed, she was sent to the North America and West Indies Station, where she remained until 1881.
A memorial to Paymaster James McAvoy and Lieutenant Thomas Thompson Auderton Smith was erected in St James' Church, Sydney by the captain and officers of Blanche in 1872.
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