HMS Diamond (1874)

HMS Diamond was an Amethyst-class corvette built for the Royal Navy at Sheerness Dockyard and launched on 26 September 1874.[1]

HMS Diamond
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Diamond
Namesake: Diamond
Builder: Sheerness Dockyard
Cost: £76,796
Laid down: 1873
Launched: 26 September 1874
Completed: July 1875
Fate: Sold for scrap, August 1889
General characteristics (as built)
Class and type: Amethyst-class wooden screw corvette
Tonnage: 1,405 bm
Displacement: 1,934 long tons (1,965 t)
Length: 220 ft (67.1 m) (p/p)
Beam: 37 ft (11.3 m)
Draught: 18 ft (5.5 m)
Installed power: 2,140 ihp (1,600 kW)
Sail plan: Ship rig
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range: approximately 2,500 nmi (4,600 km; 2,900 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Complement: 225

In 1875 she commissioned service for the East Indies Station, later being transferred to the China Station. She returned to England in 1879 and was refitted and rearmed. After refit she commissioned service on the Australia Station in October 1881.[1] She left the Australia Station in August 1888 and returned to England. She returned to Chatham and was paid off in 1889.[1]


She was sold in August 1889.[1]


  1. Bastock, p. 72


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