HMS Cruizer (1852)
HMS Cruiser at Malta in 1894 (as HMS Lark)
|Builder:||Royal Dockyard, Deptford|
HMS Cruiser, 1857|
HMS Lark, 1872
|Fate:||Sold at Malta in 1912|
|Class and type:||Cruizer-class screw sloop|
|Length:||160 ft (49 m)|
|Beam:||17.5 ft (5.3 m)|
|Propulsion:||Two-cylinder horizontal single-expansion geared steam engine|
|Armament:||17 x 32-pdr guns (later removed)|
Her first years of service were spent on the China station, during which a party of her crew took part in the Battle of Fatsham Creek in 1857. Her commander, Charles Fellowes, was the first man over the walls of Canton when the city was taken, and the ship saw further action on the Yangtse river, including the attack on the Taku Forts on the Peiho river in 1859.
HMS Cruiser was laid up in England in 1867, before being recommissioned for the Mediterranean station.
In 1872, having had her guns and engine removed, she became a sail training ship and was renamed HMS Lark, in which capacity she served until at least 1903. She was finally sold for breaking up at Malta in 1912.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: the complete record of all fighting ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham. ISBN 9781861762818. OCLC 67375475.