HMS Galatea (1859)

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StateLibQld 1 254247 Three masted sailing ship H.M.S. Galatea, ca. 1868.jpg
HMS Galatea pictured c.1868.
Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: HMS Galatea
Ordered: 9 April 1856
Laid down: 2 February 1857
Launched: 14 September 1859
Completed: By February 1862
Fate: Broken up in June 1883
General characteristics
Class and type: Ariadne class 26-gun sixth-rate screw frigate
Displacement: 4,686 tons
Tons burthen: 3,227 bm
  • 280 ft (85.3 m) (overall)
  • 245 ft 8 in (74.9 m) (keel)
Beam: 50 ft (15.2 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 4 in (5.89 m)
  • Sails
  • 2-cyl. horizontal single expansion
  • Rectangular boilers
  • Single screw
  • 800 nhp
  • 3,061 ihp = 11.796kts
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Complement: 450
  • Middle deck: 24 x 10in (85cwt) MLSB shell guns (broadside)
  • Upper deck: 2 x 68pdr (65cwt) MLSB (pivot-mounted)
  • Later replaced by slide-mounted 110pdr Armstrong BLs

HMS Galatea was an Ariadne class 26-gun, sixth-rate, wooden screw frigate in the Royal Navy, launched in 1859 and broken up 1883. She was first assigned to the Channel Squadron and then from 1863 to 1865 to the North America and West Indies Station based in Bermuda and Halifax. While in Halifax, Galatea inspired a trio of dramatic paintings by ship portrait artist John O'Brien.[1] In 1866, after a refit, she went on a world cruise, under the command of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.

While in Sydney, Galatea was placed in the Fitzroy Dock at Cockatoo Island Dockyard in 1870.[2]



  • Gillett, Ross; Melliar-Phelps, Michael (1980). A Century of Ships in Sydney Harbour. Rigby Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-7270-1201-0.
  • Lyon, David & Winfield, Rif: The Sail and Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815-1889 Chatham Publishing, 2004. ISBN 1-86176-032-9.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ In memory of Alexander F. Carroll Royal Navy who died on board H.M.S. Galatea at Halifax, Nova Scotia June 17th 1865 aged 18 years. See North of Ireland Family History Society