The Gleaner (or Pelter)-class gunboat was a class of six gunboats built for the Royal Navy in 1854 for use in the Crimean War.[1]


The Gleaner class was designed by W.H. Walker (who also designed the subsequent Dapper and Albacore classes). The ships were wooden-hulled, with steam power as well as sails, but of shallow draught for coastal bombardment in the shallow waters of the Baltic and Black Sea during the Crimean War.[1]


Two-cylinder horizontal single-expansion steam engines built by John Penn and Sons, with two boilers, provided 60 nominal horsepower through a single screw, sufficient for 7.5 knots (13.9 km/h; 8.6 mph).[1]


Ships of the class were armed with one 68-pounder smooth bore muzzle loading cannon (SBML), one 32-pounder SBML (originally two 68-pounder SBMLs were planned but the forward gun was substituted by a 32-pounder) and two 24-pounder howitzers.[1]


Name Ship builder[1] Launched[1] Fate[1]
Pelter W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 28 August 1854 Sold for breaking January 1864, breaking up completed by Tolpult on 1 February 1864
Pincher W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 5 September 1854 Breaking completed on 17 February 1864
Badger W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 23 September 1854 Broken up at Portsmouth in June 1864
Snapper W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 4 October 1854 Became a coal hulk in 1865, sold in 1906
Gleaner Deptford Dockyard 7 October 1854 Sold at Montevideo in April 1868
Ruby Deptford Dockyard 7 October 1854 Broken up October 1868


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Winfield, p.223