Crocus class brig-sloop

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Class overview
Name:Crocus-class brig-sloop
Operators: Royal Navy
In service:1808 - 1825
General characteristics
Type: brig-sloop
Tons burthen: 251.4 bm
Length: 92.0 ft (28.0 m)
Beam: 25.5 ft (7.8 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Complement: 86

14 guns: 2 x 6pdr bow cannon

12 x 24-pounder carronades

The Crocus class were the only 14-gun class of brig-sloops built for the Royal Navy. The class was designed by the Surveyors of the Navy (Sir William Rule and Sir John Henslow) jointly, and approved on 28 March 1807. Unlike the vast majority of other British brig-sloops built for the Royal Navy in this wartime period, which were built by contractors, construction of the Crocus class was confined to the Admiralty's own dockyards. One vessel was ordered from each of the Royal Dockyards (except Sheerness) on 30 March; four more were ordered in 1808 and a final unit in 1810


In the following table, the Crocus-class brig-sloops are listed in the order in which they were instructed to be built (i.e. order dates).

Name Launched
Podargus 26 May 1808
Crocus 10 June 1808
Merope 25 June 1808
Apelles 10 August 1808
Portia 30 August 1810
Prospero 9 November 1809
Muros 23 October 1809
Zephyr 29 April 1809
Banterer 2 June 1810
Wolf 16 September 1814

Reference Sources

  • British Warships in the Age of Sail, Rif Winfield, Seaforth Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-1-84415-717-4