HMS Valorous (1851)

HMS Valorous (1851)

HMS "Valorous" was a 16 gun steam powered paddle wheel frigate of the Royal Navy built at Pembroke Dockyard and launched on 30 April 1851. She was part of the two ship class of "Magicienne" class second class paddle frigates. She was built at a cost of £69,064, of which her machinery cost £24,329. She was originally ordered in 25 April 1847 as a First Class sloop to John Edye's design, approved on 12 August 1847. On 5 August 1847 they were re-ordered as 210ft vessels. When finished, they constituted the last group of paddle warships built for the Royal Navy.

In 1852 she was in the Mediterranean, then in 1854 she was assigned to the Baltic Sea and in 1855 she operated in the Black Sea during the Crimean War. In 1857 she was on the North America and West Indies station, and from 1863 until she was paid off in September 1867 she operated off the Cape of Good Hope. In 1878 she was commanded by Admiral of the Fleet "Jackie" Fisher. [Mackay pp138-139]

She was sold on 27 February 1891 to E. Marshall, of Plymouth for breaking up.



*Lyon, David and Winfield, Rif, The Sail and Steam Navy List, All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815-1889, pub Chatham, 2004, ISBN 1-86176-032-9
* [ History of HMS Valorous]
*Mackay, Ruddock F. Fisher of Kilverstone. London (1973): Oxford University Press.

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