HMS Charybdis (1859)

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HMS Charybdis at Esquimalt, Canada
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Charybdis
Ordered: 3 April 1854
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Laid down: 29 March 1856
Launched: 1 June 1859
Completed: By 19 November 1860
Decommissioned: 1880
Fate: Sold at Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1884
General characteristics
Class and type: Pearl-class corvette
Type: Corvette
Tons burthen: 1506 bm
Length: 200 ft (61 m)
Beam: 40 ft (12 m)
Draught: 17 ft 4 in (5.28 m) (forward)
19 ft 10 in (6.05 m) (aft)
Depth of hold: 20 ft (6.1 m)
Propulsion: Sails
2-cyl. horizontal single expansion (trunk in Penn-engined ships)
Single screw
400 nhp.
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h) (under steam)
  • 20 x 8in (42cwt) MLSB on broadside trucks
  • 1 x 10in/68pdr (95cwt) MLSB pivot-mounted at bow.

HMS Charybdis was a 21-gun Royal Navy Pearl-class corvette launched on 1 July 1859 at Chatham Dockyard.[1]

She served on the East Indies Station and the China Station between 1860 and 1861. She sailed to Vancouver in early 1862 joining the Pacific Station. She served at the Pacific Station until 1867, when she was assigned to the Australia Station arriving in March 1867.[1] She left the Australia Station on November 1868 and returned to the Pacific Station in early 1869.

As part of the Royal Navy's 1869 Flying Squadron, she visited a number of ports in South America, Australia and Japan before returning to Vancouver.[2] In 1870 she sailed to Plymouth for refit. In 1873 she was assigned to the China Station and conducted anti-piracy patrols in the Straits of Malacca.[1] During the Southern Malayan state disputes in 1874, she in conjunction with HMS Hart kept the peace.

In October 1880, she was lent to the Canadian government as a training ship, until returned by Canada in 1882. She was sold at Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1884 for breaking up.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bastock, pp.48-49.
  2. Mid-Victorian RN vessels


  • Bastock, John (1988), Ships on the Australia Station, Child & Associates Publishing Pty Ltd; Frenchs Forest, Australia. ISBN 0867773480

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