HMS Defence (1861)

Defence after her 1866 refit. Copyright expired.

Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1859
Launched
1861
Commissioned
1861
Decommissioned
1885
AD/BC
AD
History

HMS Defence was the lead ship of a class of two ironclads, laid down 14 December, 1859. Commissioned in 1862, Defence spent much of her career with the Channel Fleet, but also spent time on the North American and Mediterranean stations. Defence underwent major refits from 1866-68 and 1872-74, and patrolled off the Dardanelles during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78. From 1880-85, Defence served as a guardship on the River Mersey, after which she was converted to a floating workshop and assigned to the mechanical training school at Devonport. She was renamed Indus in 1898, and continued in this role until she was sold for scrap in 1935.