HMS Alligator (1821)

HMS Alligator was a 28-gun Atholl-class sixth rate of the Royal Navy. She was launched at Cochin, British India on 29 March 1821.

United Kingdom
Name: HMS Alligator
Ordered: 5 June 1819
Builder: Cochin
Laid down: November 1819
Launched: 29 March 1821
Completed: By 3 September 1822
Fate: Sold on 30 October 1865
General characteristics
Class and type: 28-gun Atholl-class sixth rate
Tons burthen: 499 91/94 bm (as designed)
  • 113 ft 8 in (34.65 m) (gundeck)
  • 94 ft 8.75 in (28.8735 m) (keel)
Beam: 31 ft 6 in (9.60 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 175

Alligator, under the command of Captain Lambert,[1] operated in New Zealand during 1834, leaving on 31 March 1834, but returned again in September the same year to rescue the crew and passengers of Harriet, which was wrecked near Cape Egmont, Taranaki and were held by the Ngāti Ruanui.[2]

In March 1834, Alligator, was on hand (and fired the 13-gun salute) at the first hoisting of the first national flag of New Zealand, at Waitangi, Bay of Islands.[3][4]

She eventually became a depot ship at Trincomalee in June 1841, and was then converted to a troopship in July 1842. Alligator was finally hulked as seamen’s hospital at Hong Kong in December 1846.


She was sold at Hong Kong on 30 October 1865.


  1. Fitzgerald, Caroline (2011). Te Wiremu: Henry Williams – Early Years in the North. Huia Publishers, New Zealand. p. 236. ISBN 978-1-86969-439-5.
  2. Colenso, William (4 April 2018). "The first European fighting at Taranaki - In Sherrin AA. The Early history of New Zealand: Part 1 of Brett's Historical Series: Early New Zealand, Auckland, pp. 435-458" (PDF). Colenso Society (Supplement). 9 (4): 1–20.
  3. John Butler, Compiled by R. J. Barton (1927). Earliest New Zealand: the Journals and Correspondence of the Rev. John Butler. Early New Zealand Books (ENZB), University of Auckland Library. p. 404.
  4. 'United Tribes Flag', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 19-Mar-2008


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