HMS Cruizer (1828)

HMS Cruizer was a Snake-class ship-sloop launched in 1828 for the British Royal Navy. The ship was built as a revival of the retired Snake-class ship-sloops. The Navy converted her to a brig in 1831, back to a ship in 1840, and sold her at Bombay in 1849.

Steering apparatus of Cruizer
United Kingdom
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Laid down: January 1826
Launched: 19 January 1828
Fate: Sold March 1849
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Snake-class ship-sloop
Tons burthen: 3824194 (bm)
  • 100 ft 0 in (30.5 m) (overall)
  • 77 ft 3 14 in (23.6 m) (keel)
Beam: 30 ft 6 in (9.3 m)
Depth of hold: 12 ft 9 in (3.9 m)
Decks: one
Complement: 125

In 1839 Cruizer participated in the Aden Expedition along with the frigate HMS Volage and the two British East India Company (EIC) vessels, the sloop HCS Coote and the schooner HCS Mahi.[2][3]

Service in China

Cruizer saw extensive service during the First Opium War. She participated in the Battle of Whampoa, the Second Battle of Chuenpi, the Battle of Canton, the Battle of Amoy, and the Battle of First Bar.[4][5] During the Battle of Whampoa, Major General Hugh Gough, commander of the British Army during the First Opium War, personally directed the land assault on Whampoa island from Cruzier's deck.[4]

In January 1841, Cruizer recaptured the whaling brig Pilot. The local inhabitants in the Nicobar Islands had captured Pilot in December 1840 and murdered most of her crew. Pilot was taken into Singapore.[6][Note 1]

Notes, citations and references


  1. Pilot had been on her fourth whaling voyage. She returned to England in September 1841 and thereafter made a fifth whaling voyage.[7]


  1. Winfield (2014), p. 207.
  2. The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British and Foreign India, China, and Australia. Parbury, Allen, and Company. 1839-01-01.
  3. Osgood, Joseph Barlow Felt (1854-01-01). Notes of Travel: Or, Recollections of Majunga, Zanzibar, Muscat, Aden, Mocha, and Other Eastern Ports. G. Creamer.
  4. Bulletins of State Intelligence (1841), p. 348.
  5. Rait, Robert S. (Robert Sangster) (1903). The life and campaigns of Hugh, first Viscount Gough, Field-Marshal. Cornell University Library. Westminster, A. Constable & Co., Ltd.
  6. "Ship News". The Times (17642). London. 12 April 1841. col C, p. 7.
  7. University of Hull — British Southern Whale Fishery - Voyages: Pilot. Accessed 21 September 2017.


  • Winfield, Rif (2014). British Warships in the Age of Sail 18171863: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 978-1-84832-169-4.
  • Bulletins of State Intelligence. Westminster: F. Watts. 1841.
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