HMS Jackal (1844)

HMS Jackal (alternatively spelled Jackall) was a Jackal-class second-class iron paddle gunvessel of the Royal Navy.

A Jackal-class gunvessel
Name: HMS Jackal
Ordered: 16 January 1844
Builder: Robert Napier and Sons, Govan
Cost: Hull £5,680, machinery £6,000, fitting £2,985[1]
Yard number: 8
Laid down: 1844
Launched: 28 October 1844
Commissioned: 22 September 1845
Fate: Sold for breaking, November 1887
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Jackal-class second-class gunvessel
Tons burthen: 340 bm
  • 142 ft 7 14 in (43.5 m) (overall)
  • 126 ft 10 12 in (38.7 m) (keel)
Beam: 22 ft 6 in (6.9 m)
Depth of hold: 12 ft 9 12 in (3.9 m)
Installed power:
  • 2-cylinder side-lever steam engine
  • Paddle wheels
Sail plan: 2-masted schooner
Complement: 60
  • 1 × 18-pounder (22cwt)[Note 1] carronade on pivot
  • 2 × 24-pounder (13cwt) carronades


Orders for Jackal and her sister Lizard were placed on 16 January 1844. They were designed by the builder, Robert Napier and Sons and approved on 17 April 1844 by the Surveyor of the Navy, Sir William Symonds.

Jackal was fitted with a Napier two-cylinder side-lever steam engine driving side paddles. The engine was rated at 150 nominal horsepower and on trials developed 455 indicated horsepower (339 kW). She was provided with two gaff-rigged masts, making her a schooner. Her armament consisted of a single 18-pounder (22cwt) carronade on a pivot mounting and two 24-pounder (13cwt) carronades.[1]


Both ships were built at Napier's Govan yard.[1] Jackall was built as yard number 8, and Lizard as number 9.[2] Jackall was launched on 28 November 1844, and Lizard followed exactly a month later.[1] After fitting out, Jackall's first commissioning took place on 22 September 1845.[1]


After commissioning at Plymouth in 1846, Jackall served in the Mediterranean. In February 1847, she ran aground and was damaged at Lisbon, Portugal.[3] By 1851 she was a store ship at Ascension Island. She paid off at Sheerness in May 1859 and was recommissioned in December of the same year. By 1864 she was employed on fishery protection duties off the west coast of Scotland.[4]


She was sold for breaking up in November 1887.[5][1]


  1. 22 cwt is the weight of the gun ("cwt" = hundredweight)


  1. Winfield (2004), p.176
  2. HMS Jackall, Shipping Times Clydebuilt database, accessed 10 December 2011
  3. "Naval Intelligence". The Times (19496). London. 13 March 1847. col D, p. 8.
  4. "HMS Jackall at William Loney website". Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  5. Colledge. Ships of the Royal Navy. p. 117.
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