Ship Details

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Amethyst-class Corvette

Built

1873

Tonnage

1934

Description

HMS Amethyst was the lead ship of the Amethyst-class corvettes built for the Royal Navy in the early 1870s. She participated in the Third Anglo-Ashanti War in 1873 before serving as the senior officer's ship for the South American side of the South Atlantic. The ship was transferred to the Pacific Station in 1875 and fought in the Battle of Pacocha against the rebellious Peruvian ironclad warship Huáscar two years later. This made her the only British wooden sailing ship ever to fight an armoured opponent.[1] After a lengthy refit, Amethyst again served as the senior officer's ship on the South American station from 1882–85. She was sold for scrap two years later

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