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The table below (a subset of my main dataset containing all Mid-Vicrorian RN ships) lists the principal unarmoured wooden screw warships of the Royal Navy.

Follow the links in the Name column for more details of the ship (origins of these names), and a potted summary of her career, and extracts from (generally the "Naval and Military Intelligence" column of) the Times newspaper.

Launch: for ships converted to the screw after launching as a sailing ship dates between (....) are the year of undocking after conversion (or completion if the date of undocking is unknown); the date of launching as a sailing (or, in the case of Phoenix, as a paddle) ship is given in the Note column.
Type: in 1862 and again in 1876 groups of sloops were reclassified as corvettes (but both designations are to found for these vessels in contemporary literature for a considerable period thereafter).
Class: early in the period ships of the same (nominal) class sometimes showed quite considerable differences; authorities do not always agree on the allocation of early ships to classes, or on the name ship of the class.
Guns: initial number of guns; authorities quite often differ on this; this armament was frequently changed (generally to a smaller number of larger guns).
Last: year of paying off after last full commission for sea or coastguard service (i.e. not as stationary harbour flagship, training ship etc.); '-' = never in full commission.
Fate: year of (sale for) breaking up or of loss.
Note: "Converted on the stocks" implies a change to design for the screw at any time between laying of the keel and launching.

Name Launch Type (class) Guns Last Fate Note
Aboukir (1858) Two-decker (Albion class) 91 1862 1877 launched in 1848
Africa 1862 Sloop (Rosario class) 11 - 1863  
Agamemnon 1852 Two-decker (Agamemnon class) 91 1862 1870  
Ajax (1848) Blockship (Blenheim class) 60 1864 1864 launched in 1809
Albion (1861) Two-decker (Albion class) 91 - 1884 launched in 1842
Alert 1856 Sloop (Cruizer class) 17 1882 1896  
Algiers 1854 Two-decker 91 1862 1870 converted on the stocks
Amazon 1865 Sloop (Amazon class) 4 1866 1866  
Amethyst 1873 Corvette (Amethyst class) 14 1885 1887  
Amphion 1846 Frigate 34 1862 1863 converted on the stocks
Anson 1860 Two-decker (Revenge class) 91 - 1904  
Archer 1849 Sloop (1862: Corvette) (Archer class) 12 1866 1866  
Arethusa 1861 Frigate 51 1869 1934 launched in 1849
Ariadne 1859 Frigate (Ariadne class) 26 1873 1922  
Ariel 1854 Sloop (Swallow class) 9 1864 1865  
Arrogant 1848 Frigate 46 1862 1867  
Atlas 1860 Two-decker (Revenge class) 91 - 1904  
Aurora 1861 Frigate (Forte class) 51 1877 1881  
Bacchante 1859 Frigate (Liffey class) 51 1864 1869  
Barrosa 1860 Corvette (Jason class) 21 1873 1877  
Blanche 1867 Sloop (1876: Corvette) (Eclipse class) 6 1881 1886  
Blenheim (1847) Blockship (Blenheim class) 60 1865 1865 launched in 1813
Bombay (1861) Two-decker 91 1864 1864 launched in 1828
Brisk 1851 Sloop (1862: Corvette) 14 1869 1870  
Bristol 1861 Frigate (Bristol class) 51 1871 1883  
Briton 1869 Corvette (Briton class) 10 1887 1887  
Brunswick 1855 Two-decker 80 1860 1867 converted on the stocks
Cadmus 1856 Corvette (Pearl class) 21 1874 1879  
Caesar 1853 Two-decker 91 1862 1870 converted on the stocks
Camelion 1860 Sloop (1862: Corvette) (Camelion class) 17 1875 1883  
Centurion (1855) Two-decker (Majestic class) 80 1861 1870 launched in 1844
Challenger 1858 Corvette (Pearl class) 22 1876 1921  
Chanticleer 1861 Sloop (1862: Corvette) (Camelion class) 17 1872 1875  
Charybdis 1859 Corvette (Pearl class) 21 1880 1884  
Chesapeake 1855 Frigate (Forte class) 51 1861 1867  
Clio 1858 Corvette (Pearl class) 22 1874 1919  
Collingwood 1861 Two-decker (Majestic class) 80 - 1867 launched in 1841
Colossus 1854 Two-decker (Majestic class) 80 1864 1867 launched in 1848
Columbine 1862 Sloop (Rosario class) 11 1874 1875  
Conflict 1846 Sloop (Conflict class) 8 1859 1863  
Conqueror 1855 Two-decker (Conqueror class) 101 1861 1861  
Constance 1862 Frigate 51 1868 1875 launched in 1846
Cordelia 1856 Sloop (Racer class) 11 1868 1870  
Cornwallis 1855 Blockship (Cornwallis class) 60 1864 1957 launched in 1813
Cossack 1854 Corvette (Cossack class) 20 1873 1875  
Cressy 1853 Two-decker 80 1861 1867 converted on the stocks
Cruizer 1852 Sloop (Cruizer class) 17 1883 1912  
Curacoa 1854 Frigate (Tribune class) 31 1867 1869  
Curlew 1854 Sloop (Swallow class) 9 1865 1865  
Danae 1867 Sloop (1876: Corvette) (Eclipse class) 6 1881 1906  
Daphne 1866 Sloop (Amazon class) 4 1879 1882  
Dauntless 1847 Frigate 24 1869 1885  
Defiance 1861 Two-decker 81 - 1931  
Desperate 1849 Sloop (Conflict class) 8 1863 1865  
Diadem 1856 Frigate (Diadem class) 32 1862 1875 converted on the stocks
Diamond 1874 Corvette (Amethyst class) 14 1889 1889  
Dido 1869 Sloop (1876: Corvette) (Eclipse class) 6 1886 1922  
Donegal 1858 Two-decker (Conqueror class) 101 1870 1925  
Doris 1857 Frigate (Diadem class) 32 1876 1885  
Druid 1869 Corvette (Briton class) 10 1882 1886  
Duke of Wellington 1852 Three-decker (Duke of Wellington class) 131 1857 1909 launched as Windsor Castle
Dryad 1866 Sloop (Amazon class) 4 1884 1885  
Duncan 1859 Two-decker (Duncan class) 101 1870 1910  
Eclipse 1867 Sloop (1876: Corvette) (Eclipse class) 6 1883 1921  
Edgar 1858 Two-decker (Agamemnon class) 91 1865 1904  
Edinburgh (1852) Blockship (Blenheim class) 60 1864 1866 launched in 1811
Emerald 1856 Frigate (Emerald class) 51 1863 1869 converted on the stocks
Encounter 1846 Sloop (1862: Corvette) 14 1864 1866 converted on the stocks
Encounter 1873 Corvette (Amethyst class) 14 1883 1888  
Endymion 1865 Frigate 361 1885 1885  
Esk 1854 Corvette (Highflyer class) 20 1867 1870  
Eurotas 1856 Mortar frigate (Eurotas class) 2 1856 1865 launched in 1829
Euryalus 1853 Frigate (Forte class) 51 1865 1867  
Exmouth 1854 Two-decker (Albion class) 91 1862 1905 converted on the stocks
Falcon 1854 Sloop (Cruizer class) 17 1868 1869  
Fawn 1856 Sloop (Cruizer class) 17 1883 1884  
Forte 1858 Frigate (Forte class) 51 1872 1905  
Forth (1856) Mortar frigate 2 1856 1883 launched in 1833
Fox 1856 Transport 0 1879 1882 launched in 1829
Frederick William 1860 Two-decker 86 1868 1953 converted on the stocks
Galatea 1859 Frigate (Ariadne class) 26 1871 1883  
Gannet 1857 Sloop (Racer class) 11 1868 1877  
Gibraltar 1860 Two-decker (Duncan class) 101 1867 1899  
Glasgow 1861 Frigate (Bristol class) 51 1875 1884  
Goliath 1857 Two-decker (Majestic class) 80 - 1875 launched in 1842
Greyhound 1859 Sloop (1862: Corvette) (Greyhound class) 17 1869 1906  
Hannibal 1854 Two-decker (Princess Royal class) 91 1861 1904 converted on the stocks
Harrier 1854 Sloop (Cruizer class) 17 1865 1866  
Hastings 1855 Blockship (Cornwallis class) 60 1866 1885 launched in 1819
Hawke (1855) Blockship (Cornwallis class) 60 1865 1865 launched in 1820
Hero 1858 Two-decker 91 1862 1871  
Highflyer 1851 Corvette (1852: Frigate) (Highflyer class) 21 1868 1871  
Hogue (1849) Blockship (Blenheim class) 60 1864 1865 launched in 1811
Hood 1859 Two-decker (Hood class) 91 - 1888 converted on the stocks
Horatio 1849 Frigate blockship (Eurotas class) 24 1856 1865 launched in 1807
Hornet 1854 Sloop (Cruizer class) 17 1864 1868  
Howe 1860 Three-decker (Victoria class) 121 - 1921  
Icarus 1858 Sloop (Racer class) 11 1871 1875  
Immortalité 1859 Frigate (Emerald class) 51 1877 1883 converted on the stocks
Imp√©rieuse 1852 Frigate (Forte class) 51 1863 1867  
Irresistible 1859 Two-decker (Majestic class) 80 1868 1894  
James Watt 1853 Two-decker (Agamemnon class) 91 1862 1875  
Jason 1859 Corvette (Jason class) 21 1870 1877  
Juno 1867 Corvette (Juno class) 6 1879 1887  
Leander 1861 Frigate 51 1866 1867 launched in 1848
Liffey 1856 Frigate (Liffey class) 51 1870 1903  
Lion (1859) Two-decker (Majestic class) 80 1869 1905 launched in 1847
Liverpool 1860 Frigate (Liffey class) 51 1870 1875  
London 1858 Two-decker (Rodney class) 91 1863 1884 launched in 1840
Lyra 1857 Sloop (Swallow class) 9 1868 1876  
Majestic 1853 Two-decker (Majestic class) 80 1864 1867 converted on the stocks
Malacca 1853 Sloop (1862: Corvette) 17 1869 1869 converted on the stocks
Marlborough 1855 Three-decker (Duke of Wellington class) 131 1864 1924 converted on the stocks
Mars 1855 Two-decker (Majestic class) 80 1863 1929 launched in 1848
Meeanee 1857 Two-decker (Majestic class) 80 1866 1906 launched in 1848
Melpomene 1857 Frigate (Emerald class) 51 1863 1875 converted on the stocks
Mersey 1858 Frigate (Mersey class) 40 1862 1875  
Miranda 1851 Sloop (1862: Corvette) 14 1865 1869 converted on the stocks
Modeste 1873 Corvette (Amethyst class) 14 1881 1888  
Mutine 1859 Sloop (1862: Corvette) (Greyhound class) 17 1869 1870  
Narcissus 1859 Frigate 51 1878 1883  
Nelson 1860 Two-decker 89 - 1928 launched in 1814
Neptune 1859 Two-decker (Caledonia class) 89 1862 1875 launched in 1832
Newcastle 1860 Frigate (Bristol class) 51 1880 1929  
Niger 1846 Sloop (1862: Corvette) 8 1869 1869  
Nile 1854 Two-decker (Rodney class) 91 1864 1956 launched in 1839
Niobe 1866 Sloop (Amazon class) 4 1874 1874  
Nymphe 1866 Sloop (Amazon class) 4 1879 1884  
Octavia 1861 Frigate 51 1869 1876 launched in 1849
Orestes 1860 Corvette (Jason class) 21 1865 1866  
Orion 1854 Two-decker (Hood class) 91 1861 1867 converted on the stocks
Orlando 1858 Frigate (Orlando class) 40 1866 1871  
Orpheus 1860 Corvette (Jason class) 21 1863 1863  
Pantaloon 1860 Sloop (Racer class) 11 1867 1867  
Pearl 1855 Corvette (Pearl class) 21 1877 1884  
Pelican 1860 Sloop (1862: Corvette) (Camelion class) 17 1866 1869  
Pelorus 1857 Corvette (Pearl class) 21 1868 1869  
Pembroke 1855 Blockship (Cornwallis class) 60 1869 1905 launched in 1812
Perseus 1861 Sloop (1862: Corvette) (Camelion class) 17 1869 1931  
Peterel 1860 Sloop (Rosario class) 11 1876 1901  
Phaeton 1859 Frigate 50 1865 1875 launched in 1848
Phoebe 1860 Frigate 51 1870 1875 launched in 1854
Phoenix 1845 Sloop 10 1855 1864 launched in 1832
Plumper 1848 Sloop 8 1861 1865  
Prince of Wales 1860 Three-decker 121 - 1916 converted on the stocks
Prince Regent (1861) Two-decker 89 - 1873 launched in 1823
Princess Royal 1853 Two-decker (Princess Royal class) 91 1867 1872 converted on the stocks
Pylades 1854 Corvette 21 1873 1875  
Queen 1859 Two-decker 86 1863 1871 launched in 1839
Racer 1857 Sloop (Racer class) 11 1868 1876  
Racoon 1857 Corvette (Pearl class) 21 1873 1877  
Rapid 1860 Sloop (Rosario class) 11 1881 1881  
Rattler 1843 Sloop 9 1856 1856  
Rattler 1862 Sloop (1862: Corvette) (Camelion class) 17 1868 1868  
Rattlesnake 1861 Corvette (Jason class) 21 1874 1882  
Reindeer 1866 Sloop (1862: Corvette) (Camelion class) 17 1875 1876  
Renown 1857 Two-decker (Revenge class) 91 1861 1892  
Revenge 1859 Two-decker (Revenge class) 91 1870 1923  
Reynard 1848 Sloop 8 1851 1851  
Rinaldo 1860 Sloop (1862: Corvette) (Camelion class) 17 1874 1884  
Rodney (1860) Two-decker (Rodney class) 91 1870 1884 launched in 1833
Rosario 1860 Sloop (Rosario class) 11 1875 1884  
Royal Albert 1854 Three-decker 121 1861 1884 converted on the stocks
Royal George 1853 Three-decker 120 1869 1875 launched in 1827
Royal Sovereign 1857 Three-decker (Duke of Wellington class) 131 - 1885 converted on the stocks
Royal William (1860) Two-decker (Caledonia class) 89 - 1899 launched in 1833
Royalist 1861 Sloop (Rosario class) 11 1871 1875  
Russell 1855 Blockship (Cornwallis class) 60 1864 1865 launched in 1822
Sans Pareil 1851 Two-decker 70 1863 1867 converted on the stocks
Sapphire 1874 Corvette (Amethyst class) 14 1889 1892  
Satellite 1855 Corvette (Pearl class) 21 1870 1879  
Scout 1856 Corvette (Pearl class) 21 1875 1877  
Scylla 1856 Corvette (Pearl class) 21 1873 1882  
Seahorse 1856 Mortar frigate (Eurotas class) 0 1856 1902 launched in 1830
Severn 1860 Frigate 51 1866 1876 launched in 1856
Shannon 1855 Frigate (Liffey class) 51 1865 1871  
Shearwater 1861 Sloop (Rosario class) 11 1875 1877  
Sirius 1868 Sloop (1876: Corvette) (Eclipse class) 6 1880 1885  
Spartan 1868 Sloop (1876: Corvette) (Eclipse class) 6 1880 1882  
St George 1859 Two-decker (Caledonia class) 89 1869 1883 launched in 1840
St Jean d'Acre 1853 Two-decker 101 1861 1875  
Sutlej 1860 Frigate 51 1867 1869 launched in 1855
Swallow 1854 Sloop (Swallow class) 9 1866 1866  
Tartar 1854 Corvette (Cossack class) 20 1865 1866  
Tenedos 1870 Sloop (1876: Corvette) (Eclipse class) 6 1886 1887  
Termagant 1847 Frigate 24 1863 1867  
Thalia 1869 Corvette (Juno class) 6 1888 1920  
Thetis 1871 Corvette (Briton class) 10 1883 1887  
Topaze 1858 Frigate (Liffey class) 51 1878 1884  
Trafalgar 1859 Two-decker (Caledonia class) 89 1869 1906 launched in 1841
Tribune 1853 Frigate (Tribune class) 31 1866 1866  
Undaunted 1861 Frigate (Bristol class) 51 1878 1882  
Vestal 1865 Sloop (Amazon class) 4 1880 1884  
Victor Emanuel 1855 Two-decker (Agamemnon class) 91 1874 1899  
Victoria 1859 Three-decker (Victoria class) 121 1867 1893  
Wasp 1850 Sloop (Archer class) 12 1868 1869  
Waterloo 1859 Two-decker (Caledonia class) 89 1866 1918 launched in 1833
Windsor Castle 1858 Three-decker 116 - 1908 converted on the stocks
Wolverine 1863 Corvette (Jason class) 21 1882 1923  
Zebra 1860 Sloop (1862: Corvette) (Camelion class) 17 1873 1873  

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