HMS Harrier (1854)
Cruizer, sister-ship to Harrier
|Ordered:||18 July 1851|
|Laid down:||November 1851|
|Launched:||13 May 1854|
|Commissioned:||3 November 1854|
|Fate:||Broken up at Portsmouth in 1866|
|Class and type:||Cruizer-class screw sloop|
|Displacement:||1,045 tons |
|Tons burthen:||747 51/94 bm|
|Beam:||31 ft 10 in (9.70 m)|
|Depth of hold:||17 ft 6 in (5.33 m)|
|Speed:||8.3 kn (15.4 km/h)|
HMS Harrier was a Royal Navy Cruizer-class screw sloop launched in 1854. She took part in the Crimean War, served on the Australia Station and took part in the New Zealand Wars. She was broken up in 1865
New Zealand Wars
She took part in the rescue operations when HMS Orpheus was wrecked in Manukau Harbour, New Zealand and was also grounded but was refloated. She undertook operations during the Invasion of Waikato and the Tauranga Campaign in New Zealand. Her captain, Commander Edward Hay, was killed on 30 April 1864 during the storming of Gate Pā, and his coxswain, Samuel Mitchell, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery.
Harrier paid off at Portsmouth on 31 March 1865 and was broken up the next year.
- Winfield (2004) pp.213-215
- Bastock, p.34.
- "HMS Harrier". Retrieved 17 March 2010.
- Winfield, R.; Lyon, D. (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.