HMS Pearl (1855)

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HMS Pearl c.1856
Career (UK) =Royal Navy Ensign
Builder: Woolwich Dockyard
Launched: 13 September 1855
Fate: Sold to Castle August 1884 for break up
General characteristics
Displacement: 2187 tons
Length: 200 ft (61 m)
Beam: 40.5 ft (12.3 m)
Propulsion: 1390 hpi 400 hp
Armament: 20 x 8 in guns, 1 x 68 pdr

HMS Pearl was a Pearl-class 21-gun screw corvette of the Royal Navy launched in 1855, displacing 2187 tons.

175 of the ship's crew were formed into Pearl's Naval Brigade in September 1857 during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The small force, armed largely with rifles, took part in several actions. It was accompanied in many of these by a similar force formed from the crew of HMS Shannon.

The ship was captained by Edward Southwell Sotheby from its commission in 1855 to its return from India in 1859, then by John Borlase from 23 August 1859 to 18 June 1864 when the ship was paid off in Portsmouth. Pearl sailed around the East Indies and China and played a part in the Taiping Rebellion and the bombardment of Kagoshima during the Anglo-Satsuma War.

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