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Cadmus Class Steel Screw Sloops

HMS Cadmus 29th April 1903 Sold in 1921.

HMS Cadmus c.1908.  

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HMS Clio 14th March 1903 Sold in 1920.

The winners of the best shot competition from HMS Clio in 1909. Clio was a Cadmus class sloop 

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The third “CLIO” is a 6-gun screw sloop, launched at Sheerness in 1903.  She is of 1070 tons, 1400 horse-power, and 13 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 185ft., 33ft., and 12ft. 

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HMS Espiegle 8th December 1900 Sold in 1923.
HMS Fantome 23rd March 1901 Sold in 1925.

HMS FantomeThe fourth “FANTOME” is a 6-gun twin-screw sloop, launched at Sheerness in 1901.  She is of 1070 tons, 1400 horse-power. And 13 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught are 185 ft., 33 ft., and 12 ft.

           In December 1902 the “Fantome,” commanded by Commander Hugh T. Hibbert, was one of a combined Anglo-German fleet under Commodore R.A.J. Montgomerie with his broad pennant in “Charybdis” which established a blockade of the Venezuelan coast.  These retaliatory measures were undertaken on account of outrages on British ships and subjects for which no satisfaction could be obtained.  Nine Venezuelan gunboats of the fleet, and two were taken to sea and sunk.  President Castro immediately imprisoned all British and German subjects, but was forced to release them by the American Consul.  A British merchant ship was seized by the mob Puerto Cabello, but two ships at once proceeded to the place, and having released the ship, bombarded the fort.  After an eight weeks’ blockade, in which the British and the German vessels divided the coast, the Venezuelans consented to arrangements which brought the blockade to a conclusion.  A small force also assisted in the blockade.           This “Fantome” was eventually appropriated to the surveying servive.

HMS Fantome pictured in 1902 was a Cadmus class screw sloop built at Sheerness dockyard and launched 23rd March 1901, completed in 1902. Speed 13knots with a complement of 150. Armament: six 4 inch and four 3 pdr guns plus 3 machine guns. One of the last masted sloops of the Royal Navy finally sold in 1925.

 Crew of HMS Fantome  

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HMS Merlin 30th November 1901 Sold in 1923.
HMS Odin 30th November 1901 Sold in 1920.

HMS Odin c.1904.  

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