Eclipse class sloop

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HMS Sirius
HMS Sirius
Class overview
Name:Eclipse-class sloop (later corvette)
Builders:Devonport, Portsmouth, Chatham, Sheerness and Deptford Dockyards
Operators: Royal Navy
Built:1867 - 1870
In commission:1867 - 1921
General characteristics
Class and type: Wooden screw sloops
(corvettes from 1876)
Displacement: 1760 tons[1]
Length: 212 ft (65 m)
Beam: 36 ft (11 m)
Draught: 16.3 ft (5.0 m)[2]
Installed power: 2,500 ihp (1,900 kW)[3]
Propulsion: Danae, Eclipse, Dido, Blanche:
  • Two-cylinder horizontal single-expansion steam engine
Spartan, Sirius, Tenedos:
  • Two-cylinder horizontal compound steam engine[2]
Sail plan: Built with ship rig but changed to barque rig
Speed: 13.6 kn (25.2 km/h)[2]
Complement: 180
Armament: As built:
  • Two 7-inch (6½-ton) muzzle loading rifled guns
  • Four 64-pounder muzzle loading rifled guns[2]
As corvettes (1876):
  • Twelve 64-pounder muzzle loading rifled guns[2]
For the 1894 class of protected cruiser see:Eclipse-class cruiser

The Eclipse class was a class of seven 6-gun wooden screw sloops [1] built for the Royal Navy between 1867 and 1870. They were re-armed and re-classified as 12-gun corvettes in 1876.


A development of the Amazon class, they were designed by Edward Reed, the Royal Navy Director of Naval Construction. The hull was of wooden construction, but with iron cross-beams, and a ram bow was fitted.[2]


Propulsion was provided by a two-cylinder horizontal steam engine driving a single screw. Spartan, Sirius and Tenedos had compound steam engines, and the remainder of the class had single-expansion steam engines.

Sail Plan

All the ships of the class were built with a ship rig, but this was replaced with a barque rig.


The Eclipse class was designed with two 7-inch (6½-ton) muzzle loading rifled guns mounted in traversing slides and four 64-pounder muzzle loading rifled guns.[2] They were re-classified as corvettes in 1876, carrying a homogenous armament of twelve 64-pounder muzzle loading rifled guns.


Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Danae Portsmouth Dockyard 21 May 1867 Lent to the War Department as a hulk in 1886 and sold on 15 May 1906[2]
HMS Blanche Chatham Dockyard 17 August 1867 Sold to Castle for breaking in September 1886
HMS Eclipse Sheerness Dockyard 14 November 1867 Lent to the War Department as a hulk for storage of mines from 1888 to 1892. Sold in 1921[2]
HMS Sirius Portsmouth Dockyard 24 April 1868 Sold to Castle for breaking at Charlton in 1885[2]
HMS Spartan Deptford Dockyard 14 November 1868 Sold to Castle for breaking on 7 November 1882[2]
HMS Dido Portsmouth Dockyard 23 October 1869 Hulked in 1886. Renamed Actaeon II in 1906. Sold to J B Garnham for breaking on 17 July 1922[2]
HMS Tenedos Devonport Dockyard 13 May 1870 Sold to G Pethwick of Plymouth for breaking in November 1887[2]

See also