HMS Blanche (1867)

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HMS Blanche (1867) aground.jpg
Blanche aground (probably off New Hanover Island, Papua New Guinea in 1872) by William Frederick Mitchell, 1874
Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Blanche
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Laid down: 1865
Launched: 17 August 1867
Completed: November 1867
Decommissioned: 1881
Fate: Sold for scrap, September 1886
General characteristics (as built)
Class and type: Eclipse-class wooden screw sloop (later corvette)
Displacement: 1,760 long tons (1,790 t)
Tons burthen: 1,268 bm
Length: 212 ft (64.6 m) (p/p)
Beam: 36 ft (11.0 m)
Draught: 16 ft 6 in (5.0 m)
Depth: 21 ft 6 in (6.6 m)
Installed power: 2,158 ihp (1,609 kW)
Sail plan: Barque rig
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 180

HMS Blanche was a 1760-ton, 6-gun Eclipse-class wooden screw sloop built for the Royal Navy in the mid-1860s by Chatham Dockyard.[1]

She was sent to the Australia Station in January 1868, arriving in April 1868. She undertook a punitive action against Solomon Island natives in September 1869. During 1870, she joined in the search for the schooner Daphne, which was unsuccessful. Under the command of Captain Cortland Simpson, she undertook a survey of Rabaul's Harbour in 1872. Blanche Bay is named after HMS Blanche.[2] She finished service on the Australia Station in 1875. While sailing to England she was almost lost rounding Cape Horn in bad weather.

HMS Blanche

After being refitted and rearmed, she was sent to the North America and West Indies Station, where she remained until 1881.


McAvoy & Smith memorial in St James' Church, Sydney (1872)

A memorial to Paymaster James McAvoy and Lieutenant Thomas Thompson Auderton Smith was erected in St James' Church, Sydney by the captain and officers of Blanche in 1872.


She was placed in reserve and in 1886 was sold to Castle for £3,600 for breaking.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Bastock, p. 50
  2. ^ Rottman, p. 172
  3. ^ "HMS Blanche". Retrieved 2010-08-04.