HMS Trident (1845)
|Class and type:||Trident-class iron paddle sloop|
|Ordered:||13 May 1843|
|Builder:||Ditchburn & Mare, Leamouth|
|Launched:||16 December 1845|
|Commissioned:||8 August 1846|
|Fate:||Broken up by Castle at Charlton January 1866|
|Tons burthen:||850 bm|
|Length:||180 ft (55 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft 6 in (9.60 m)|
|Draught:||17 ft 3 in (5.26 m)|
Boulton, Watt & Co two-cylinder (70¾ in diameter, 5 ft stroke) oscillating engines|
Two x 10 in guns|
Two (later four) x 32pdr gunnades
She was a third class iron paddle sloop, and eventually the only ship built to her design, making her a unique class. The builder’s design was approved on 22 August 1843 and Trident was launched on 16 December 1845. Her hull cost £17,000, and her machinery another £17,502. Fitting out was estimated to have cost a further £6,864. Her design was commissioned on 2 August 1842 for a steam yacht to replace HMS Black Eagle, previously HMS Firebrand. Trident was initially rated as a Steam Vessel (SV3) and re-rated as a Second Class sloop on 31 May 1844. She was originally intended to be fitted with a Maudslay 200 nhp side lever engine.
HMS Trident was broken up by Castle at Charlton in January 1866.
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