HMS Glasgow (1861)

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A 1903 painting of HMS Glasgow
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Glasgow
Launched: 28th March 1861
Decommissioned: 20 July 1875
Fate: Sold for breaking up December 1884
General characteristics
Displacement: 4020 tons
Length: 250 ft (76 m)
Speed: 13 kn (24 km/h)
Complement: 550 men
  • Thirty 8 inch muzzle-loading smoothbore guns
  • Twenty 32 pounder muzzle-loading smoothbore guns
  • One 68 pounder muzzle-loading smoothbore gun

HMS Glasgow was a wooden screw frigate, the fifth ship of the name to serve in the Royal Navy.

Glasgow was launched at Portsmouth Dockyard on 28 March 1861.[1] Despite ironclad ships being introduced in 1858 and effectively rendering wooden hulls obsolete the Glasgow was built of wood to use up some of the extensive stocks of ship building timber then stored in Britain.[2] Indeed the Glasgow would be one of the last Royal Navy Vessels to be made entirely from wood.[3] Her one and only foreign deployment was as flagship to the East Indies from 1871-5.[2] From 24 May 1871 until her decommissioning she was commanded by Captain Theodore Morton Jones.[1] During this time she was the flagship of Rear-Admiral James Horsford Cockburn and then of Arthur Cumming, following Cockburn's death.[1] Glasgow was paid off on 20 July 1875 and sold for breaking up in December 1884.[1] The Glasgow was used by Sultan Bargash of Zanzibar as the model for his royal yacht HHS Glasgow, Bargash having been impressed by the ship when it visited Zanzibar in 1873.[4]



  • Patience, Kevin (1995), Zanzibar and the Shortest War in History, Bahrain: Kevin Patience .

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