HMS Liverpool (1860)

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HMS Liverpool at anchor
Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: HMS Liverpool
Namesake: Liverpool
Builder: Devonport Dockyard
Laid down: 14 November 1859
Launched: 30 October 1860
Completed: April 1863
Fate: Sold for breaking up 26 June 1875
General characteristics
Displacement: 3,915 long tons (3,978 t)
Tons burthen: 2656
Length: 285 ft (86.9 m) o.a.
Beam: 50 ft 1.5 in (15.3 m)
Installed power: 1,935 ihp (1,443 kW)
Propulsion: 1 shaft, 1 Steam engine
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
  • 26 × 8-inch (203 mm) muzzle-loading smoothbore guns
  • 8 × 64-pounder muzzle-loading smoothbore guns
  • 4 × 7-inch (178 mm) guns

HMS Liverpool was a fourth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy. She was ordered on 31 March 1855, but building did not commence until 14 November 1859 and she was launched at Devonport Dockyard on 30 October 1860, in the same year that the famous iron-hulled Warrior was launched.

During her first commission, she served in the North America and West Indies Stations and later the Channel Squadron, until she was placed in "Steam Reserve" at Devonport in August 1867.

She was re-commissioned, like previous ships of the same name on 8 May 1869 as flagship of a detached squadron known as the Special Flying Squadron. The squadron's mission was an early form of "flag waving" to display British naval power and prowess across the world. This squadron, known as the "flying squadron" consisted of HM ships Barrosa, Endymion, Liffey, Liverpool, Phoebe and Scylla. The squadron left Portsmouth on 18 July 1869 and circumnavigated the globe before returning home in November 1870, having sailed 53,000 miles. Liverpool was paid off into reserve in December of the year she returned. She was subsequently declared obsolete in 1872 and was sold for breaking up on 26 June 1875.



  • "Various British Screw Frigates". Warship International. Toledo, OH: Naval Records Club. V (4): 323. 1968.

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