HMS Vixen


HMS Vixen was an experimental armored composite gunboat laid down by Charles Lungley & Company in London after a design from the Royal Admiralty in 1864. She was launched in November 1865, and was commissioned the following year. She was rigged with sails as a barquentine and also had four steam engines for her twin blade propellers. After sea trials and testing she was towed to Bermuda in 1868 to be used as floating defense battery. She was later rigged down and used as accommodation for dock workers, and in 1895 she was stricken from the navy lists. She was scuttled as a breakwater outside Daniels Head northwest of Somerset in 1896. The wreck rest today partly visible on the surface and down to a depth of approximately 10 meters.

Former names:
HMS Vixen

160,0 x 32,0 x 11,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1228 displ ( std )
London ( UK ) 1864
( UK )

32°18′21.31″N 64°53′7.88″W
( Source: Geohack )

Last updated: January 2021