HMS Virago (1842)

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Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Virago
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Laid down: 15 November 1841
Launched: 25 July 1842
Commissioned: May 1843
Decommissioned: 1876
Fate: scrapped at Chatham Dockyard in 1876
General characteristics
Type: Paddle sloop
Displacement: 1,669 long tons (1,696 t)
Length: 180 ft (55 m)
Beam: 36 ft (11 m)
Draught: 21 ft (6.4 m)
  • 2-cylinder direct-acting steam engine
  • Paddles
Sail plan: Brig-rigged
Armament: 6 guns

HMS Virago was a 1669-ton, Royal Navy 6 gun 1st class paddle sloop launched on 25 July 1842 from Chatham Dockyard.[1]

She was sent to the Mediterranean Station arriving in November 1843 serving until 1847. Upon returning to England, she was placed into reserve. In 1851 she was sent to the Pacific Station. Under the command of Commander Willam Stewart, she participated with the assistance of two Chilean ships: Indefatigable and Meteoro in the recapture of Punta Arenas in the Strait of Magellan, which had been subject to a mutiny.[2]

She took part in the siege of Petropavlovsk during the Crimean War in August–September 1854. She also undertook survey work along the Canadian Pacific coast. She returned to England in 1855 and was part of the Channel Squadron and then West Indies Station. She was then sent to the Australia Station arriving in May 1867. She undertook survey work of the Great Barrier Reef, the Queensland coast, Norfolk Island and the coast of New Zealand. While in New Zealand she helped repair HMS Clio, which had run aground in the Bligh Sound.

Returning to England on 28 June 1871 and upon arrival was laid up at Sheerness. She was scrapped at Chatham Dockyard.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Bastock, p.50.
  2. ^ Brown, Charles H., Insurrection at Magellan. Narrative of the Imprisonment and Escape of Capt. Chas. H. Brown, from the Chilian Convicts, published by Geo. C. Rand, Boston, Second Edition, 1854.
  3. ^ "HMS Virago". Retrieved 2010-08-04. 


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