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HMS Galatea (1859)
StateLibQld 1 254247 Three masted sailing ship H.M.S. Galatea, ca. 1868.jpg
HMS Galatea pictured c.1868.
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Galatea
Ordered: 9 April 1856
Builder: Woolwich Dockyard
Engines by John Penn & Son
Laid down: 2 February 1857
Launched: 14 September 1859
Completed: By February 1862
Fate: Broken up in June 1883
General characteristics
Class & type: Ariadne class 26-gun sixth rate screw frigate
Displacement: 4,686 tons
Tons burthen: 3,227 bm
Length: 280 ft (85.3 m) (overall)
245 ft 8 in (74.9 m) (keel)
Beam: 50 ft (15.2 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 4 in (5.89 m)
Propulsion: Sails
2-cyl. horizontal single expansion
Rectangular boilers
Single screw
800 nhp
3,061 ihp = 11.796kts
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Complement: 450
Armament:
  • Middle deck: 24 x 10in (85cwt) MLSB shell guns (broadside)
  • Upper deck: 2 x 68pdr (65cwt) MLSB (pivot-mounted)
    Later replaced by slide-mounted 110pdr Armstrong BLs

HMS Galatea was an Ariadne class 26-gun sixth rate wooden screw frigate in the Royal Navy, launched in 1859 and broken up 1883. She was first assigned to the Channel Squadron and then from 1863 to 1865 to the North America and West Indies Station based in Bermuda and Halifax. While in Halifax, Galatea inspired a trio of dramatic paintings by ship portrait artist John O'Brien.[1] In 1866, after a refit, she went on a world cruise, under the command of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.

While in Sydney, Galatea was placed in the Fitzroy Dock, Cockatoo Island in 1870.[2]

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