HMS Cossack (1854)

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HMS Cossack
Imperial Russian Navy EnsignRussia
Name: Witjas (Russian: Витязь)
Fate: Seized while under construction in 1854
Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: HMS Cossack
Builder: W. & H. Pitcher, Northfleet
Launched: 15 May 1854
Decommissioned: 1875
Fate: Sold to Castle for breaking in May 1875
General characteristics
Class and type: Cossack-class corvette
Displacement: 1,951 long tons (1,982 t)
Length: 195 ft (59 m)
Beam: 39 ft (12 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
  • 2-cyl horizontal single-expansion steam engine[1]
  • Single screw
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 20 guns

HMS Cossack was a wooden 20-gun corvette, built at Northfleet and launched on 15 May 1854. She was originally laid down for the Imperial Russian Navy as the corvette Witjas, however was confiscated during the Crimean War in 1854.

She was commissioned and sailed for the Baltic Sea. During the Crimean War, four vessels of the Royal Navy - Arrogant, Cossack, Magicienne, and Ruby - silenced the Russian batteries at a fort on Gogland on 21 July 1855. Cossack also participated in the blockade of the Courland coast, in July 1855 helped in the capture of Kotka's Island and in August was part of the bombardment of Sveaborg.[2]

Her next posting was on Cape of Good Hope Station, she transported Sir George Grey to his posting as Governor of New Zealand in 1861. She was later sent to China Station before joining the Australia Station in September 1871. She left the Australia Station in 1873 and sailed for England.[2]

She was sold to Castle for breaking up at Charlton in May 1875.[3]


  1. ^ 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.  p.208
  2. ^ a b Bastock, p.55.
  3. ^ "HMS Cossack". Retrieved 2010-08-05. 


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