HMS Volage (1825)

HMS Volage was a Sixth-rate Sailing frigate launched in 1825 for the Royal Navy.[1][2]

HMS Volage depicted on a stamp commemorating the Aden Expedition
Great Britain
Name: HMS Volage
Builder: Portsmouth Dockyard
Launched: 19 February 1825
In service: 1825-1864
Refit: 1847
Struck: 1864
Honours and
Aden 1839, Baltic 1855
Fate: Broken up 12 December 1864
Status: Scrapped
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 516 (bm)
Length: 111ft
Decks: Two
Armament: 50 cannon


Volage served as the lead ship in the Aden Expedition due to her being the largest and best armed of the ships assembled.[3]

In 1831, Volage was docked in Rio de Janeiro (at the time capital of the Empire of Brazil) alongside HMS Warspite. Volage was the vessel that took Dom Pedro I, who had just abdicated the Brazilian throne, to Portugal, in order to face his brother Dom Miguel in the context of the ongoing Portuguese Civil War of 1828-1834.

Volage fought in the Battle of Chuenpi during the First Opium War under the command of Captain Henry Smith. In 1847 she was converted into a survey ship. Volage was deployed to the Baltic during the Crimean War.[1] At one point geologist Thomas Abel Brimage Spratt served aboard her.


The Navy scrapped Volage in 1864.

Citations and references


  1. "HMS Volage (1825) 3". Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  2. Lyon (1993).
  3. Clowes (1901), pp. 277-279.


  • Clowes, William (1901). The Royal Navy: A history from the earlierst times to the present Volume VI. London, England: William Clowes & Sons.
  • Lyon, David (1993) The Sailing Navy List. All the Ships of the Royal Navy. Built, Purchased and Captured 1688-1860. London:Conway Maritime Press). ISBN 0851776175.
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