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.
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).
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.
|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|