HMS Conflict (1873)

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Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: HMS Conflict
Builder: John Cuthbert, Millers Point, New South Wales
Launched: 11 February 1883
In service: August 1873[1]
  • Sold in 1882
  • Wrecked later that year
General characteristics [1]
Type: Beagle-class schooner
Tons burthen: 120 bm
Length: 77 ft 0 in (23.5 m)
Beam: 18 ft 6 in (5.6 m)
Depth of hold: 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
Sail plan: Schooner
Complement: 27
Armament: 1 x 12-pounder gun

HMS Conflict was a schooner of the Royal Navy, built by John Cuthbert, Millers Point, New South Wales and launched on 11 February 1873.[2]

Royal Navy service[edit]

She commenced service on the Australia Station at Sydney in August 1873 for anti-blackbirding operations in the South Pacific.[2] She was part of a punitive mission in 1879 in the New Hebrides. She was paid off in 1882[2] and sold to Captain Thomas Brown.[3]

Mercantile service[edit]

Conflict left Suva for Levuka on 9 October and was wrecked on a reef midway between the two.[4] There were no casualties and the ship was left stranded upright on the reef, signalling that she needed no assistance. By 12 October Captain Brown had returned to Levuka and reported that Conflict was a total loss.[3][Note 1]


  1. ^ She had been insured for £1000 with the Union Company.[3]


  1. ^ a b Winfield (2004) p.301
  2. ^ a b c Bastock, p.59.
  3. ^ a b c "Shipping Intelligence". Auckland Star, Volume XVI, Issue 3816. 1 November 1882. p. 2. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  4. ^ "Intercolonial Telegrams, The Argus (Melbourne, Victoria), Tuesday 24 October 1882, p.8.". Retrieved 17 October 2010.