Atholl-class corvette

Success undergoing repairs after running aground on Carnac Reef
Class overview
NameAtholl-class corvettes
Operators Royal Navy
Completed14
Cancelled4
General characteristics
TypeSixth-rate corvette
Tons burthen499 91/94 bm (as designed)
Length
  • 113 ft 8 in (34.65 m) (gundeck)
  • 94 ft 8.75 in (28.8735 m) (keel)
Beam31 ft 6 in (9.60 m)
Sail planFull-rigged ship
Complement175
Armament
  • 28 guns:
  • Upper Deck: 20 × 32-pounder carronades
  • Quarterdeck: 6 × 18-pounder carronades
  • Forecasle: 2 × 9-pounder guns
Inboard profile plan of Atholl, 1820
Rattlesnake by Oswald Walters Brierly, 1853

The Atholl-class corvettes were a series of fourteen Royal Navy sailing sixth-rate post ships built to an 1817 design by the Surveyors of the Navy. A further four ships ordered to this design were cancelled.

Non-standard timber were used in the construction of some; for example, the first pair (Atholl and Niemen) were ordered built of larch and Baltic fir respectively, for comparative evaluation of these materials; the three ships the East India Company built,(Alligator, Termagant and Samarang), were built of teak. Nimrod was built of African timber.

Cape Atholl in Greenland was named after this corvette class.

Ships in class

  • HMS Atholl
    • Builder: Woolwich Dockyard
    • Ordered: 27 October 1816
    • Laid down: November 1818
    • Launched: 23 November 1820
    • Completed: 9 February 1821
    • Fate: Broken up at Plymouth in 1863.
  • HMS Niemen
    • Builder: Woolwich Dockyard
    • Ordered: 27 October 1816
    • Laid down: July 1819
    • Launched: 23 November 1820
    • Completed: February 1821
    • Fate: Broken up at Portsmouth in 1828.
  • HMS Ranger
    • Builder: Portsmouth Dockyard
    • Ordered: 30 April 1818
    • Laid down: January 1819
    • Launched: 7 December 1820
    • Completed: 12 June 1822
    • Fate: Sold in 1832.
  • HMS Rattlesnake
    • Builder: Chatham Dockyard
    • Ordered: 30 April 1818
    • Laid down: August 1819
    • Launched: 26 March 1822
    • Completed: 8 May 1824
    • Fate: Broken up at Chatham in 1860.
  • HMS North Star
    • Builder: Woolwich Dockyard
    • Ordered: 30 April 1818
    • Laid down: April 1820
    • Launched: 7 February 1824
    • Completed: 26 May 1826
    • Fate: Broken up at Chatham in 1860.
  • HMS Tweed
    • Builder: Portsmouth Dockyard
    • Ordered: 30 April 1818
    • Laid down: December 1820
    • Launched: 14 April 1823
    • Completed: 12 April 1824
    • Fate: Sold in 1852.
  • HMS Talbot
    • Builder: Pembroke Dockyard
    • Ordered: 30 April 1818
    • Laid down: March 1821
    • Launched: 9 October 1824
    • Completed: 21 December 1825 at Plymouth Dockyard
    • Fate: Depot ship 1855. Sold in 1896.
  • HMS Rainbow
    • Builder: Chatham Dockyard
    • Ordered: 30 April 1818
    • Laid down: April 1822
    • Launched: 20 November 1823
    • Completed: 6 November 1825
    • Fate: Sold in 1838.
  • HMS Alligator
  • HMS Termagant
    • Builder: East India Company, Cochin
    • Ordered: 5 June 1819
    • Laid down: March 1820
    • Launched: 15 November 1821
    • Completed: 16 July 1824 at Portsmouth Dockyard
    • Fate: Renamed Herald 15 May 1824. Survey ship 1845. Sold in 1862.
  • HMS Samarang
  • Andromeda (-) - re-ordered in 1826 as Nimrod (see below)
  • HMS Success
  • HMS Crocodile
    • Builder: Chatham Dockyard
    • Ordered: 5 June 1819
    • Laid down: December 1823
    • Launched: 28 October 1825
    • Completed: 27 August 1828
    • Fate: Broken up at Chatham in 1860.
  • Alarm (-) - re-ordered 1828 as Conway-class vessel
  • Daphne (-) - re-ordered 1826 as a sloop, but cancelled 1832
  • Porcupine (-) - re-ordered 1826 as a sloop, but cancelled 1832
  • HMS Nimrod
    • Builder: Deptford Dockyard
    • Ordered: 9 March 1826
    • Laid down: October 1821 (as Andromeda - see above)
    • Launched: 26 August 1828
    • Completed: 11 December 1828
    • Fate: Sold in 1907.

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