H.M.S. Valorous (1851)

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H.M.S. Valorous (1851)
Builder: Pembroke Royal Dockyard
Ordered: 25 April, 1847[1]
Laid down: March, 1849[2]
Launched: 30 April, 1851[3]
Completed: 7 July, 1853[4]
Sold: 27 February, 1891[5]
Fate: Broken up[6]

H.M.S. Valorous was a wooden second-class paddle frigate of the Magicienne class whose principal interest is in being, in fact if not in designation, perhaps the first Royal Navy depôt ship for a flotilla of torpedo craft.

Service

In June 1884, Valorous served as the mother ship for seven first-class torpedo boats during what seem to have been the first major torpedo flotilla exercises conducted by the Royal Navy.[7][8][9][10] The officers and rating of each torpedo boat and additional personnel connected with their maintenance and operation were borne in Valorous and listed as being "lent to the 'Valorous' for temporary service with Torpedo Boats".[11] She carried out the same duties again in the summer of 1886.[12]

Valorous was sold to E. Marshall for breaking up on 27 February, 1891, the last of the British paddle wheel driven frigates to go to the scrapyard.[13][14]

Captains

Dates of appointment given.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 155.
  2. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 155.
  3. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 155.
  4. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 155.
  5. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 155.
  6. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 155.
  7. Ropp. Development of a Modern Navy. pp. 136-137.
  8. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Monday, 2 June, 1884. Issue 31149, col A, p. 7.
  9. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Thursday, 26 June, 1884. Issue 31170, col C, p. 10.
  10. "The Channel Squadron". The Times. Friday, 25 July, 1884. Issue 31195, col F, p. 4.
  11. The Navy List. (July, 1884). p. 249.
  12. The Navy List. (July, 1886). p. 245.
  13. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 43.
  14. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 155.
  15. The Navy List. (October, 1886). p. 245.

Bibliography

  • Chesneau, Robert; Kolesnik, Eugene (editors) (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).
  • Lyon, David; Winfield, Rif (2004). The Sail & Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy, 1815-1889. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1861760329. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).