HMS Harrier (1854)

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Career Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Harrier
Builder: Pembroke Dockyard
Launched: 13 May 1854
Decommissioned: 1866
Fate: Sold in 1884
General characteristics
Type: Sloop
Displacement: 751 BM
Length: 106 ft (32 m)
Beam: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Draught: 11 ft (3.4 m)
Propulsion: Screw
Armament: 17 guns

HMS Harrier was a 751 ton displacement, 17 gun Cruizer class sloop launched on 13 May 1854 from the Pembroke Dockyard.[1]

From 1854 to 1856 Harrier took part in the Russian War as part of the naval force in the Baltic Sea. She served on the South Atlantic Station before refitting in Portsmouth in 1860.[2] She recommissioned on 29 October 1860 for the Australia Station. She undertook a punitive action against Fijian natives in 1863.

She took part in the rescue operations when HMS Orpheus was wrecked in Manukau Harbour, New Zealand and was also grounded but was refloated. Undertook operations during Invasion of Waikato and also the Tauranga Campaign in New Zealand, where her captain, Commander Edward Hay, was killed on 30 April 1864 during the storming of Gate Pa,[2] and his Coxswain, Samuel Mitchell, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery. Harrier paid off at Portsmouth on 31 March 1865 and was broken up the next year.[3]


  1. Bastock, p.34.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "HMS Harrier". Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  3. Winfield, Rif; Lyon, David (2003). The Sail and Steam Navy List, 1815-1889. Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1861760326.