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HMS Harrier (1854)
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|Launched||13 May 1854|
|Builders measure||747 tons|
|Fate||1866||Last in commission||1865|
|Class||Class (as screw)||Cruizer|
|Ships book||ADM 135/219|
|13 May 1854||Launched at Pembroke Dockyard.|
|16 August 1854|
- 4 October 1855
|Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Commander Henry Alexander Story, the Baltic during the Russian War, then North America and West Indies|
|4 October 1855|
- 16 September 1858
|Commanded by Commander Samuel Hoskins Derriman, Baltic during the Russian War, then south-east coast of America|
|16 September 1858|
- 7 September 1859
|Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Commander Malcolm MacGregor, south-east coast of America|
|29 October 1860|
- 24 June 1862
|Commanded by Commander Malcolm MacGregor, Australia|
|24 June 1862|
- 9 November 1863
|Commanded by Commander Francis William Sullivan, Australia (during the New Zealand War)|
|9 November 1863|
- 30 April 1864
|Commanded by Commander Edward Hay, Australia (until Hay was killed)|
|15 July 1864|
- 31 March 1865
|Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Commander William Henry Fenwick, Australia|
|December 1866||Breaking up at Portsmouth completed.|
|Extracts from the Times newspaper|
|Tu 11 September 1860||The following vessels comprise the four classes of the steam reserve at Portsmouth, the list corrected to this date :-|
First Class.- Duke of Wellington, 131 guns, 700 horsepower; Princess Royal, 91 guns, 400 horse-power; Shannon, 51 guns, 600 horse-power ; Immortalité, 51 guns, 600 horse-power; Volcano, 6 guns, 140 horse-power; Philomel, 6 guns, 80 horse-power; and gunboats Brazen, Beaver, Snapper, Traveller, Grinder, and Blazer, of two guns each, and 60 horse-power.
Second Class.- Royal Sovereign, 131 guns, 800 horse-power; Victoria, 121 guns, 1,000 horse-power; Prince of Wales, 131 guns, 800 horse-power ; Duncan, 101 guns, 800 horse-power; Nelson, 91 guns, 500 horse-power; the Sutlej, 51 guns, 500 horse-power ; the Harrier, 17 guns, 100 horse-power; the Rinaldo, 17 guns, 200 horse-power; the Medea, 6 guns, 350 horse-power; the Stromboli, 6 guns, 280 horse-power; the Coquette, 6 guns, 200 horse-power; and the gunboats Cracker, Fancy, Swinger, Pincher, and Badger, of 60 horse-power each, and 2 guns.
Third Class.- The Tribune, 31 guns, 300 horse-power; the Rosamond, 6 guns, 280-horse power; the Vigilant, 4 guns, 200 horse-power; the Vulture, 6 guns, 470 horse-power; the Cygnet, 5 guns, 80 horse-power; and the gunboats Cheerful, Rambler, Pet, Daisy, Angler, Chub, Ant, Pert, and Decoy, of two guns each and 21 horse-power.
4th Class.- The screw transport Fox, 200 horse-power; the Erebus, 16 guns, 200 horse-power; the Meteor, 14 guns, 150 horse-power; and the Glatton, 14 guns, 150 horse-power.
The foregoing - not including the gunboats and mortar vessels in Haslar-yard - consist of seven line-of-battle ships, four frigates, two corvettes, nine sloops, three floating batteries, 20 gunboats, and one troop steamer. They give a total force of 1,150 guns, propelled by 11,420 horse-power (nominal). The Fox steam troopship is given in this return as not carrying any guns, but in the official Navy List she still carried "42" attached to her name.