HMS Hyacinth (1806)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Hyacinth
Ordered: 12 July 1805
Builder: John Preston, Great Yarmouth
Laid down: November 1805
Launched: 30 August 1806
Completed: 21 November 1806 at Chatham Dockyard
Commissioned: October 1806
Out of service: Broken up December 1820
General characteristics
Class and type: 18-gun Cormorant-class sloop
Tons burthen: 426 23/94 bm
Length: 108 ft 4 in (33.0 m) (overall)
90 ft 9.625 in (27.7 m) (keel)
Beam: 29 ft 7 in (9.0 m)
Depth of hold: 9 ft (2.74 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Sloop
Complement: 121
  • Upper deck: 16 x 32pdr carronades;
    Quarter deck: 6 x 18pdr carronades;
    Forecastle: 2 x 6pdrs and 2 x 18pdr carronades

HMS Hyacinth was an 18-gun ship-sloop of the Cormorant class in the Royal Navy, launched in 1806 at Great Yarmouth. In 1810 she was reclassed as a 20-gun Sixth Rate Post-ship (but without being re-armed). She was again re-rated as 24 guns in 1817.


In May 1812, Hyacinth and Termagant, Captains Thomas Ussher and Hamilton, and Basilisk, Lieutenant George French, supported Spanish guerrillas on the coast of Grenada, against the French. On 24 May with Hyacinth and Termagant, Basilisk took a French privateer with a brass cannon. Hycinth destroyed the castle at Nersa on 25 May. The British squadron then supported a guerrilla offensive against Almunecar, destroying a privateer of two guns and 40 men under the castle, which they bombarded, breaching the walls. The French then retreated to Grenada.[1]


Hyacinth was broken up in 1820.


  1. James (1837), Vol. 6, pp.63-4.
  • James, William (1837). The Naval History of Great Britain, from the Declaration of War by France in 1793, to the Accession of George IV.. 6. R. Bentley. 
  • Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1861762461.