HMS Druid (1825)

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History
United Kingdom
Name: Druid
Namesake: Druid
Ordered: 23 July 1817
Builder: Pembroke Dockyard
Laid down: August 1821
Launched: 1 July 1825
Completed: 21 December 1825
Commissioned: July 1825
Reclassified: As quarantine ship, 1846
Fate: Sold for scrap, 13 April 1863
General characteristics
Class and type: Seringapatam-class frigate
Tons burthen: 1168 42/94 bm
Length:
  • 159 ft 6 in (48.6 m) (gundeck)
  • 133 ft 5 in (40.7 m) (keel)
Beam: 41 ft 1 in (12.5 m)
Draught: 15 ft 4 in (4.7 m)
Depth: 12 ft 9 in (3.9 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 315
Armament:

HMS Druid was a 46-gun Seringapatam-class fifth-rate frigate built for the Royal Navy during the 1820s, the name ship of her sub-class.

Description[edit]

The Druid sub-class was an enlarged and improved version of the Serinapatam design, modified with a circular stern.[1] Druid had a length at the gundeck of 159 feet 6 inches (48.6 m) and 133 feet 5 inches (40.7 m) at the keel. She had a beam of 41 feet 1 inch (12.5 m), a draught of 15 feet 4 inches (4.7 m) and a depth of hold of 12 feet 9 inches (3.9 m). The ship's tonnage was 1168 4294 tons burthen.[2] Druid was armed with twenty-eight 18-pounder cannon on her gundeck, fourteen 32-pounder carronades on her quarterdeck and a pair of 9-pounder cannon and two more 32-pounder carronades in the forecastle. The ship had a crew of 315 officers and ratings.[3]

Construction and career[edit]

Druid, the fourth ship of her name to serve in the Royal Navy,[4] was ordered on 23 July 1817, laid down in August 1821 at Pembroke Dockyard, Wales, and launched on 1 July 1825.[3] She was commissioned that same month and completed at Plymouth Dockyard on 21 December 1825.[2] She saw active service in the 1840-42 "Opium War" against China.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Winfield, p. 712
  2. ^ a b Winfield, p. 713
  3. ^ a b Winfield & Lyon, p. 107
  4. ^ Colledge, p. 103

References[edit]

  • Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
  • Phillips, Lawrie; Lieutenant Commander (2014). Pembroke Dockyard and the Old Navy: A Bicentennial History. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: The History Press. ISBN 978-0-7509-5214-9.
  • Winfield, Rif (2014). British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1817-1863 (epub)|format= requires |url= (help). Barnsley, UK: Seaforth. ISBN 978-1-47383-743-0.
  • 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.