HMS Pelorus was a 2,330 ton ship launched on 5 February 1857 from the Devonport dockyard, England. In June 1860, as flagship of the Australian Squadron under Captain Frederick Seymour, she participated in the attack on Puketakauere Pā during the First Taranaki War. Later that year, the crew landed at Kairau to support British troops under attack from Maori and in January 1861 a gun crew from the ship helped defend the British redoubt at Huirangi against the Maori. She left the Australia Station in July 1862 for Plymouth. She was decommissioned in 1868 and was broken up for scrap in 1869.