HMS Active (1869)

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Career Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Active
Builder: Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company
Laid down: 1867
Launched: 13 March 1869[1]
Commissioned: March 1871
Fate: Sold for breaking, 10 July 1906
General characteristics
Class and type: Volage-class iron screw corvette
Displacement: 3,078 long tons (3,127 t)
Length: 270 ft (82 m)
Beam: 42 ft (13 m)[1]
Draught: 21.5 ft (6.6 m)
Installed power: 4130 indicated horsepower[1]
Propulsion: Two-cylinder horizontal single-expansion steam engine
Five boilers
Single 19 ft (5.8 m) screw[1]
Speed: 15 kn (28 km/h)
Range: 2,000 nmi (3,700 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h)[1]
Complement: 340
Armament: • 6 × 7-inch/112-pounder muzzle-loading rifled guns
• 4 × 6.3-inch/64-pounder muzzle-loading rifled guns[1]

HMS Active was a Royal Navy Volage-class corvette, launched in 1869.


She entered service in 1873, as the Commodore's ship on the Cape of Good Hope and West Africa Station. Her crew served ashore in both the Third Anglo-Ashanti War and Zulu Wars.

She was rearmed and refitted in 1879, and was selected in 1885 to be the commodore's ship in the Training Squadron. HMS Active is reputed to have been the last square-rigged naval ship to leave Portsmouth Harbour under sail. She was paid off in 1898 and went into reserve, and was sold out of the service in 1906.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Winfield, Rif; Lyon, David (2003). The Sail and Steam Navy List, 1815-1889. Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1861760326.