HMS Vivid (1848)

HMS Vivid was a wooden paddle steamer of the Royal Navy, launched in 1848 for service as an Admiralty packet ship between Dover and Calais. She became the tender to HMS Fisgard at Woolwich Dockyard from 1854 until 1871, and then the port admiral’s yacht and tender to HMS Royal Adelaide at Devonport in 1872.

HMS Vivid at Gravesend, 2 February 1858
Name: HMS Vivid
Ordered: 4 February 1847
Laid down: 5 January 1847
Launched: 7 February 1848
Completed: By 7 April 1848
Fate: Sold in May 1894
General characteristics
Class and type: wooden paddle sloop
Tons burthen: 352 17/94 bm
  • 150 ft (45.7 m) (overall)
  • 136 ft 9.5 in (41.7 m) (keel)
Beam: 22 ft (6.7 m)
Depth of hold: 11 ft 4 in (3.45 m)
Installed power:
  • 160 nhp
  • 832 ihp
Armament: 2 guns

In 1889 Vivid became the Devonport flagship. The name Vivid was used for the newly established Devonport Royal Navy Barracks from 1890 onwards. The paddle steamer HMS Vivid was sold for breaking up to G. Cowen & Sons in May 1894.


  • Winfield, R.; Lyon, D. (2004). The Sail and Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815–1889. London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-032-6.

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