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Torpedo Gunboats  from the first, HMS Rattlesnake, and the classes, Grasshopper, Sharpshooter, Alarm and Halcyon Class Torpedo Gunboats built between 1886 and 1894.. Many of these ships were converted to Minesweepers and depot ships and many saw service in World war one.  These were the predecessor o the destroyer  which started with HMS Havock.

Name of Vessel

Launch Date

Fate

Philomel Class Wooden Gunvessels

HMS Cygnet

1859 - 62

Broken Up 1868

HMS Dart

1860

Sold 1884

HMS Dart - Name History

The seventh “DART” was a 5-gun twin-screw gun vessel launched at Millwall in 1860.  She was of 570 tons, 336 horse-power, and 10 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 146ft., 25ft., and 12ft.  In 1865 the “Dart,” commanded by Commander Frederick W. Richards, while at Akatoo on the West Coast of Africa, received notice of a rumour to the effect that the natives were about to plunder the British factories.  One factory had been actually looted, and a schooner had been stripped and set adrift.  Commander Richards landed some men from his ship and from the “Lee,” to protect British interests.  Several boats were capsized in the surf, and two men were drowned.  Commander Richards succeeded in restoring order, with a loss of only one seaman wounded. 

HMS Espoir

1859 - 62 Converted to Dredger YC19, 1869
HMS Griffon 1860 Stranded 1866

HMS Griffon - Name History

The thirteenth “GRIFFON” was a 5-gun screw gunboat, launched at Northfleet in 1860.  She was of 425 tons, and 80 horse- power.  Her length, beam, and draught were 145ft., 26ft., and 8ft.   From 1861 to 1865 the “Griffon” was engaged in the suppression of west African slavery, and assisted in capturing eight slavers.   In October 1866 the “Griffon,” commanded by Commander Duncan G. Davidson, was stranded and lost after collision with H.M.S. “Pandora” off little Popo.  The accident was due to the detective condition of the night-signalling system.

HMS Jaseur 1859 - 62 Sold 1874
HMS Landrail 1859 - 62 Sold 1869
HMS Lee 1859 - 62 Broken Up 1875
HMS Mullet 1859 - 62 Sold 1872
HMS Newport 1867 Completed as Survey vessel 1868.  Sold 1881
HMS Nimble 1859 - 62 Sold 1906
HMS Pandora 1859 - 62 Sold 1875
HMS Penguin 1859 - 62 Sold 1870
HMS Philomel 1859 - 62 Sold 1865
HMS Plover 1859 - 62 Sold 1865
HMS Ranger 1859 - 62 Sold 1869
HMS Snipe 1859 - 62 Sold 1869
HMS Sparrow 1859 - 62 Broken Up 1868
HMS Speedwell 1859 - 62 Broken Up 1867
HMS Steady 1859 - 62 Sold 1870
HMS Torch 1859 -62 Broken Up 1881

Cormorant Class Wooden Gunvessels

HMS Cormorant 1860 Sold 1870 to Hong Kong, £3365.

HMS Cormorant - Name History

HMS Eclipse 1860 Broken Up 1867

HMS Eclipse - Name History

The fifth “ECLIPSE” was a 4-gun screw gun vessel, launched at Millwall in 1860.  She was of 700 tons, and 200 horse-power.  Her length, beam, and draught were 185ft., 28ft., and 8ft.   In 1863 the “Eclipse,” commanded firstly by Commander Richard Charles Mayne and secondly by Commander Edmund Robert Fremantle, took part in the second New Zealand War in a squadron of ships under commodore Sir William Wiseman with his broad pennant in “Curacoa.”  On June 4th the “Eclipse” co-operated in an attack which was made by the garrison of New Plymouth on the rebel position at the mouth of the Katikara.  In October a Naval Brigade of 200 seamen under Commander Mayne landed, captured, occupied, and fortified the town of Merrimi.   On November 20th the Naval Brigade of 400 men, under Commodore Sir William Wiseman bombarded and assaulted the town of Rangariri, where the Maoris had strongly entrenched themselves.  Four separate assaults were repulsed by the brave defenders, two of which were made by the Naval Brigade under Commander Mayne.  On the following day the Maoris surrendered, the British forces having won a costly victory with a loss of 36 killed and 98 wounded.  The Naval Brigade losses were 5 killed and 10 wounded, among the latter being Commander Mayne, of the “Eclipse,” who was promoted to captain for his services.    In January 1864 the “Eclipse” proceeded to Waikato, and landed a detachment of men under Lieutenant William Fletcher Boughey to co-operate with the troops.  The town of Waikato was captured, and the Maoris were defeated at Rangioawhia, with a considerable loss in killed and prisoners.   In April 1864 the “Eclipse” contributed to a Naval Brigade 430 strong, which joined the army under Sir Duncan Cameron.  On April 29th the combined forces proceeded to attack a Maori stronghold at Gate Pah.  The place was bombarded, and at 4.30 p.m. the Naval Brigade, under Commander Edward Hay, moved forward to the assault and entered the works.  Inside the pah the rebels fought with desperation, and the Brigade was obliged to retreat with a heavy loss.  The Maoris lost about 35 killed and wounded, but the British suffered 27 killed and 66 wounded, to which the Naval Brigade contributed 3 officers and 8 men killed or mortally wounded, and 3 officers and 19 men wounded.  The Naval Brigade behaved admirably, and withdrew only when nearly all its leading officers had been shot down. In 1867 this vessel was broken up. 

HMS Lily 1860 - 67 Broken Up 1867
HMS Myrmidon 1860 - 67 Completed as Survey vessel 1867, Sold 1889
HMS Nassau 1860 - 67 Completed as Survey vessel 1866.  Broken Up 1880
HMS Racehorse 1860 - 67 Wrecked 1864
HMS Serpent 1860 - 67 Sold 1875
HMS Star 1860 - 67 Broken Up 1877
HMS Sylvia 1860 - 67 Completed as Survey vessel 1866.  Sold 1890

Plover Class Wooden Gunvessels

HMS Bittern 1869 Sold 1887

HMS Bittern - Name History

The fourth “Bittern” commanded by Commander the Hon. Archibald St. Clair, undertook active operations against the piratical natives of Corisco and Elobey Islands, and succeeded in capturing Coomba, the Chief of the Corsican tribe, which had pillaged the wrecked mail steamer “McGregor Laird.”  In March 1872 the “Bittern” was engaged in the mouth of the Congo River in protecting the Banana Creek Factories from native attack.   In 1873 the “Bittern” commanded by commander Prescot William Stephans, took part in the Ahantee war.  In October 1873, 34 men from the “Bittern” formed part of a Naval Brigade 300 strong which, under Captain the Hon. Edmund Fremantle, advanced towards Assayboo with the object of breaking up an Ashantee force which was believed to be assembling there, but the Naval Brigade took little part in the fighting on this occasion.   In November the Naval Brigade marched inland to the relief of Abrakrampa, which was sorely pressed by the Ashantees.  The enemy got into a panic and retired hastily, abandoning almost all their stores.  In 1882 the “Bittern” commanded by Commander the Hon. Thomas Brand, was engaged in the bombardment of Alexandria in a fleet of 14 ships commanded by Admiral Sir Beauchamp Seymour, with his flag in “Alexandra."   At 7 a.m. on July 11th the “Alexandra” fired the first shot of the bombardment.  Owing to the flag ship’s draught of water the Commander-in-Chief temporarily hoisted his flag in “Invincible.”  All ships were cleared for action with topgallant masts struck and bowsprits rigged in.  By 7.10 a.m. all ships were engaged, and such forts that could bring their guns to bear replied with vigour.  By 5 p.m. all guns ashore had been silenced, and the fleet ceased bombarding at 5.30 p.m.  The British casualties were 5 killed and 28 wounded.  The Egyptian loss has never been properly ascertained, but it is believed to have been about 150 killed and 400 wounded, out of two thousand men engaged in working the forts.  During the operations a party of men from the “Bittern” among other ships, landed through the swell and breaking surf, spiked six smooth bores and disabled two 10-inch guns without casualty except the loss of the “Bittern’s” dinghy.  The “Bittern” also assisted the “Condor” in the attack on fort Marabout, anchoring so close in that the enemy’s guns could not be sufficiently depressed to reach her.  The “Bittern” was sequent seint in with Flag-Lieutenant the Hon. Hedworth Lambton to receive the surrender of the town, and although the governor refused to give in, the town was abandoned on the following day.  On July 13th the “Bitern” and other ships steamed into the harbour, and contributed to a brigade of 150 seamen and 450 marines which, under the command of Captain Lord Charles Beresford, policed Alexandria and kept the turbulent mixed population in order.   In 1887 the “Bittern” was sold.

HMS Bullfinch 1867 - 71 Sold 1885
HMS Curlew 20th August 1868 Sold 1882
HMS Lapwing 1867 - 71 Sold 1885
HMS Magpie 1867 - 71 Sold 1885
HMS Philomel 1867 - 71 Sold 1887
HMS Plover 1867 - 71 Sold 1886
HMS Ringdove 1867 - 71 Sold 1882

HMS Ringdove.

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HMS Seagull 1867 - 71 Sold 1887

HMS Seagull, 1868.

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HMS Swallow 1867 - 71 Sold 1882
HMS Vulture 1867 - 71 Sold 1885
HMS Woodlark 1867 - 71 Sold 1887

Beacon Class Composite Gunvessels

HMS Avon 1867 Sold 1890

HMS Avon - Name History

The fourth “Avon” was a 4-gun twin-screw gunboat, launched at Portsmouth in 1867.  She was of 603 tons, 530 horsepower, and 10 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 155ft, 25ft, and 10ft.  In 1873 the “Avon,” commanded by Commander John C. Paterson, was engaged in the suppression of piracy on the coast of Perak.  On December 11th of that year she came across three trading craft at a moment when six boats full of piratical cutthroats were attacking them.  The “Avon” drove them off with loss, but did not succeed in capturing any of them, though the subsequently destroyed some stockades at the mouth of the Jugra River, in which they were supposed to have taken shelter.  In May 1874 the “Avon,” commanded by commander Armand T. Powlett, in company with two other vessels, proceeded up the Lingie River, near Malacca, which was a centre of piratical activity.  Some stockades were burned at Bukit Tiga, and the River Lingie was re-opened to the trade, with the rich tin mines in the interior. In 1876 the “Avon,” commanded by Commander Leicester Chantrey Keppel, was one of a fleet of 12 ships under Commodore Sir William Hewett, with his broad pennant in “Active,” which engaged in the blockade of Dahomey on the Nigerian Coast.  The blockade lasted for eleven months in a pestilential climate, and at the end of that time King Gelele entered onto negotiations, and the blockade was raised.  In January 1877 the “Avon” proceeded up the Congo River, and burned five villages, as a punitive measure in reply to the natives having pillaged the American trading schooner “Joseph Nickerson.”  In August 1877 the “Avon” proceeded up the River Niger in company with two other vessels upon a punitive expedition.  They burned the town of Emblana, and assisted to Chastise some anti-British natives, who had refused to release some British prisoners.  During the advance the “Avon” ran on to a sandbank, and delayed the attack for some hours.  The ships left the river on August 28th, having had only 3 men wounded.   In 1890 this vessel was sold.

HMS Beacon 1867 - 68 Sold 1888
HMS Boxer 1867 - 68 Sold 1886
HMS Cracker 1867 - 68 Broken Up 1889
HMS Dwarf 1867 Broken Up 1886

HMS Dwarf - Name History

The fifth “DWARF” was a 4-gun twin-screw gunboat launched at Wollwich in 1867.  She was of 584 tons, 495 horse-power, and 10 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 155ft., 25ft., and 9ft.  Towards the end of 1868 a British schooner was captured by Malay pirates near Marudu Bay, Borneo, and three of her men were killed.  Upon hearing of this outrage the “Dwarf,” commanded by Lieutenant Charles F. Walker, started in pursuit, with the Governor of Laubuan on board.  The pirates made a stand on the island of Ubian and, refusing to give up their leader, were punished by a landing party which burnt their village and brought about their submission.   In 1886 the “Dwarf” was broken up at Devonport. 

HMS Elk 1867 - 68 Sold 1905
HMS Flirt 1867 - 68 Sold 1888
HMS Fly 1867 - 68 Sold 1887

HMS Fly, 1867.

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HMS Gnat 1867 - 68 Wrecked 1868

HMS Gnat, 1867.

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HMS Growler 1867 - 68 Sold 1887
HMS Hart 1868 Sold 1888

HMS Hart - Name History

The ninth “HART” was a 4-gun twin-screw gunboat, launched at Glasgow in 1868.  She was of 584 tons, 608 horse-power, and 10 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 155ft., 25ft., and 9ft.  In 1873 the “Hart” commanded by Commander Thomas H. Royse, was engaged in the blockade of the Spanish Mediterranean littoral, assisted in the operations against the Spanish Intransigents, and prevented the insurgent ships from bombarding various coastal towns.  In September 1874 the “Hart,” commanded by Commander T.H. Royse, in company with the “Charybdis,” took part in an expedition to the Indian River, in the Maylay Pininsula, and composed some differences between the rulers of Johore and Pahang.  In November 1874, the “Hart,” in company with the “Charybdis,” took part in an expedition to the Lukit River to intervene in serious disputes which had arisen between the ruler of Sungei Ujong and one of his feudatories.  It was decided to support the ruler, and a small Naval Brigade of 73 officers and men were landed with troops on November 26th.  After some short fighting the Maylay feudatory deserted Campayang, and escaped into the bush.  One sailor was mortally wounded, and 50 of the enemy coolies were killed.  Search parties were sent out in various directions, but they failed to catch Bandar, who did not surrender for some weeks later. During these operations the “Hart” proceeded to Langkat, to warn the Selangor authorities against affording assistance to the insurgents.

HMS Hart, 1868.

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HMS Hornet 1867 - 68 Discarded 1889
HMS Lynx 1867 - 68 Sold 1888
HMS Midge 1867 - 68 Sold 1907
HMS Pert 1867 - 68 Sold 1888
HMS Rocket 1867 - 68 Sold 1888
HMS Teazer 1867 - 68 Broken Up 1887

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HMS Thistle 1867 - 68 Sold 1888

Frolic Class Wooden Gunvessels

HMS Frolic 1872 Sold 1908
HMS Kestrel 1872 Sold 1888
HMS Ready 1872 Sold 1920

HMS Ready as a merchant ship, February 1938.

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HMS Rifleman 1872 Sold 1890

Arab Class Composite Gunvessels

HMS Arab 1874 Sold 1889

HMS Arab - Name History

The tenth “Arab” was a 4-gun screw gunboat, launched at Glasgow in 1874.  She was of 720 tons, 660 horsepower, and 10.4 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 150ft, 28ft, and 14ft.  In 1884 the “Arab” commanded by commander R. W. Stopford, was engaged in the operations in the Eastern Soudan, and assisted in the defence of Suakin.  In 1889 the “Arab” was sold.

HMS Arab, 1874.

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HMS Lily 1874 Wrecked 1889, Sold 1890

Condor Class Composite Gunvessels

HMS Condor 1876 - 77 Sold 1889
HMS Falcon 1876 - 77 Sold 1920
HMS Flamingo 1876 - 77 Sold 1923
HMS Griffon 1876 Sold 1891

HMS Griffon - Name History

The fourteenth “GRIFFON” was a 3-gun screw gun vessel, launched at Birkenhead in 1876.  She was of 774 tons, 790 horse- power, and 11 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 158ft., 29ft., and 14ft.  In 1888 the “Griffon” commanded by Commander John E. Blaxland, was one of a squadron of one German and seven English ships under Rear-Admiral the Hon.  Edmund Fremantle with his flag in “Boadicea,” which took part in the blockade of the Zanzibar littoral.  This was undertaken in the interests of the suppression of slavery, and also in consequence of the revolt of several of the coast towns against German authority.  Apart from the capture of slave dhows, the blockade incidents were of an uninteresting nature. On October 17th, 1888, the “Griffon’s” steam cutter, under Lieutenant Myles Cooper, chased and engaged a large dhow armed with one gun.  The dhow opened heavy fire; Lieutenant Cooper was mortally wounded and two seamen were injured.  Ship’s Corporal John Bray took charge and drove the dhow ashore, where the Arabs jumped overboard and fled, leaving her to be captured.   In 1891 the “Griffon” was sold.

HMS Griffon, 1876.

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Linnet Class Composite Gunvessels

HMS Linnet 1879 - 80 Sold 1904
HMS Swift 1879 - 80 Sold 1902

Algerine Class Composite Gunvessels

HMS Algerine 1880 Sold 1892

HMS Algerine - Name History

The sixth “Algerine” is a 6-gun twin-screw gunboat, launched at Devonport in 1895.  She is of 1050 tons, 1400 horsepower, and 13 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 185ft, 32ft, and 12ft.   In 1900 the “Algerine” commanded by commander Robert Johnston Stewart took part in the third China war or boxer riots.   On June 17th the “Algerine” was one of a fleet of 8 ships and several torpedo boats of various nationalities, which took part in the attack on the Taku forts under Captain Dobrolovski in the Russian gunboat “Bobr.”  The Chinese having received their ultimatum, opened fire soon after midnight, the ships replying with vigour.  Simultaneously a landing party of 35 officers and 869 men, of mixed nationalities, under commander Christopher Cradock of the “Alacrity” attacked from the landward side with great gallantry.  The “Algerine” had a steam cutter hulled at the davits, some rigging cut away, and 6 men wounded.  At 7.10 a.m. the engagement ceased, Commander Cradock having captured and occupied the forts against heavy odds.  The “Algerine” subsequently landed a 4-in gun, which did good work in the operations resulting in the capture of Tientsin and elsewhere.

HMS Algerine, 1880.

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HMS Rambler 1880 Completed as survey ship 1884.  Sold 1907
HMS Ranger 1880 Sold 1892

Curlew Class Gun and Torpedo Vessels

HMS Curlew 23rd October 1885 Broken Up 1906

HMS Curlew gunboat pictured pre 1896.

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HMS Curlew, 1886.

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HMS Curlew.

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HMS Landrail 19th January 1887 Sunk as Target 4th October 1906

HMS Landrail, 1887.

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Vixen Class Armoured Gunboats

HMS Viper 21st December 1867 Sold 1908
HMS Vixen 18th November 1865 Broken Up 1896
HMS Waterwitch 28th June 1866 Sold 1890

HMS Waterwitch, 1867.

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Britomart Class Wooden Gunboats

HMS Britomart 1860 Broken Up 1946

HMS Britomart - Name History

The fifth “Britomart” was a 2-gun screw gunboat, launched at Newcastle in 1860.  She was of 330tons, 200 horsepower, 8 knots speed, and carried a crew of 40 men.  Her length, beam, and draught were 120ft, 22ft, and 8ft.  In 1865-67 the “Britomart” commanded by Lieutenant Arthur H. Alington, was one of 13 ships under Captain Algeron de Horsey, in the “Aurora,” which were employed in Canadian waters during the Fenian rising.  The issue of a medal in 1899, or over thirty years rewarded their services, which were principally of a preventive nature, afterwards.    In 1892 the “Britomart” was sold, and is illustrated herein as being broken up.

HMS Bruizer 1860 -67 Broken Up 1886
HMS Cherub 1860 -67 Sold 1890
HMS Cockatrice 1860 -67 Sold 1885
HMS Cromer 1860 -67 Sold 1886
HMS Doterel 1860 -67 Sold 1871
HMS Heron 1860 -67 Broken Up 1879
HMS Linnet 1860 -67 Broken Up 1872
HMS Minstrel 1860 -67 Discarded 1907
HMS Netley 1860 -67 Sold 1885
HMS Orwell 1860 -67 Discarded 1890
HMS Pigeon 1860 -67 Broken Up 1876
HMS Speedy 1860 -67 Discarded 1889
HMS Trinculo 1860 -67 Wrecked 1870
HMS Tyrian 1860 -67 Broken Up 1891
HMS Wizard 1860 -67 Broken Up 1878

Ariel Class Composite Gunboats

HMS Ariel 1871 - 73 Sold 1889
HMS Coquette 1871 - 73 Sold 1889

HMS Coquette - Name History

The fifth “COQUETTE” was a 4-gun screw gunboat, launched at Pembroke in 1876.  She was of 430 tons, 406 horse-power, and 9 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 125ft., 23ft., and 9ft. In 1882 the “Coquette,” commanded by Lieutenant Lennox Napier, took part in the Egyptian War.  In August 1883 a landing party from the “Coquette” and other ships, consisting of 565 officers and men, occupied the town of Ismailia in the Suez Canal after some slight fighting.  The “Coquette” further assisted in the seizure of the Suez Canal, an operation necessary in order to secure a safe passage for the British troops who were going to use Ismailia as a base.  In February 1884 a landing party from the “Coquette,” Lieutenant Fritz Eden Crowe.  And two other ships went ashore at Suakin, and assisted in the defence of that place by manning the fortifications. In March 1885 a Naval Brigade from the “Coquette” and four other ships joined a field force of 13,000 men under Lieutenant General Sir Gerald Graham which marched out of Suakin.  They occupied Hasheen on March 20th, where the Royal Marines specially distinguished themselves, and on the 22nd, under Major-General Sir J.C. MacNeill, they fought the battle of Tofrik, where the Arabs after a temporary advantage were repulsed with a loss of a thousand dead.  The Naval Brigade in this action lost 7 killed and 5 wounded. The Naval Brigade burnt a number of huts in the khor Ghob, and re-embarked again on April 6th. In 1889 the “Conquette” was sold 

HMS Decoy 1871 - 73 Sold 1885
HMS Foam 1871 - 73 Broken Up 1887
HMS Goshawk 1871 - 73 Sold 1906

HMS Goshawk, 1872.

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HMS Merlin 1871 - 73 Sold 1891
HMS Mosquito 1871 - 73 Sold 1888
HMS Swinger 1871 - 73 Sold 1924
HMS Zephyr 1871 - 73 Sold 1889
 
HMS Plucky July 1870 Sold 1928
 
HMS Staunch December 1867 Sold 1904

HMS Staunch, 1867, shortly after launch and completion.

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Ant Class Flatiron Gunboats

HMS Ant 1870 - 74 Sold 1926
HMS Arrow 1870 - 74 Sold 1922
HMS Badger 1870 - 74 Became Tender to HMS Vivid (gunnery school) 1907.  Sold 1921
HMS Blazer 1870 - 74 Sold 1919
HMS Bloodhound 1870 - 74 Sold 1921
HMS Bonetta 1870 - 74 Sold 1909

HMS Bonetta as a salvage vessel, 1900s.

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HMS Bulldog 1870 - 74 Sold 1906
HMS Bustard 1871 Sold 1923
HMS Comet 1870 - 74 Sold 1908
HMS Cuckoo 1870 - 74 Sold 1959

HMS Cuckoo, October 1955, shown near the end of her long service in various roles (as YC37 - Cable Lighter?).  HMS Cuckoo became a tender to HMS Vivid (gunnery school) along with HMS Snap and HMS Badger in 1907.   

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HMS Fidget 1870 - 74 Sold 1905
HMS Hyaena  1870 - 74 Sold 1906
HMS Kite 1870 - 74 Sold 1920
HMS Mastiff 1870 - 74 Sold 1931

HMS Mastiff, 1880s.

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HMS Pickle 1870 - 74 Sold 1906
HMS Pike 1870 - 74 Sold 1920
HMS Scourge 1870 - 74 Tank Vessel C79 1903
HMS Snake 1870 - 74 Cable Lighter YC15 1907
HMS Snap 1870 - 74 Sold 1909
HMS Weazel 1870 - 74 Oil Lighter C118 1904

HMS Weazel, c.1900.

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Gadfly Class Flatiron Gunboats

HMS Gadfly 1879 Sold 1918
HMS Griper 1879 Broken Up 1951  (?)
HMS Pincher 1879 Sold 1905
HMS Tickler 1879 Broken Up 1937

Bouncer Class Flatiron Gunboats

HMS Bouncer  1881 Sold 1905
HMS Insolent 1881 Wrecked 1922, Sold 1925

Medina Class Flatiron Gunboats

HMS Dee 1877 Sold 1902

HMS Dee - Name History

The third “DEE” was a twin-screw 3-gun gunboat, launched at Jarrow in 1877.  She was of 363 tons, 330 horse-power, and 9 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 110ft., 34ft., and 7ft.  

HMS Don 1876 - 77 Sold 1914
HMS Esk 1876 - 77 Sold 1903
HMS Medina 1876 - 77 Sold 1904
HMS Sabrina 1876 - 77 Sold 1922
HMS Slaney 1876 - 77 Sold 1919
HMS Spey 1876 - 77 Sold 1923

HMS Spey of the Medina Class gunboats pictured pre 1896.

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HMS Tay 1876 - 77 Sold 1920
HMS Tees 1876 - 77 Sold 1907
HMS Trent (later HMS Pembroke) 1876 - 77 Sold 1923

HMS Pembroke (ex HMS Trent) c1900.

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HMS Tweed 1876 - 77 Sold 1905

Medina Class Gunboat, 1867.

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Forester Class Composite Gunboats

HMS Contest 1874 - 77 Broken Up 1889
HMS Cygnet 1874 Broken Up 1889

HMS Cygnet - Name History

The fifteenth “CYGNET” was a 4-gun screw gunboat.  Launched at Sunderland in 1874.  She was of 455 tons, 457 horse-power, and 11 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 125ft., 24ft., and 10ft. In June 1876 the “Cygnet,” commanded by Lieutenant Robert Frederick Hammick, took part in a small expedition up the river Niger in company with two other vessels under Commodore Sir William Hewett with his broad pennant temporarily in “Sultan of Sokoto.”  The natives had been obstructing the river and preventing the passage of the British trade.  At Akado three guns were captured, and after the natives of the town of  Sabogrega had shown hostile intent the town was bombarded for two days.  The boats were then manned and armed, and dashed in under a galling musketry fire.  They dislodged the natives , burned the town, blew up the powder store, and flung the heavy guns into the river.  The boats then proceeded and attacked Agberi, which was burned without much resistance.  The squadron lost 1 marine killed and 5 officers and 9 men wounded.  In 1876 the “Cygnet,” commanded by Lieutenant Robert F. Hammick, was one of a fleet of twelve ships, under Commodore Sir William Hewett with his broad pennant in “Active,” which engaged in the blockade of Dahomey on the Nigerian coast.  The blockade lasted for eleven months in a pestilential climate, and at the end of that time King Gelele entered into negotiations and the blockade was raised.  In 1882 the “Cygnet,” commanded by Lieutenant Hugh Dudley Ryder, was engaged in the bombardment of Alexandria in a fleet of 14 ships, commanded by Admiral Sir Beachamp Seymour with his flag in “Alexandra.”  At7a.m. on July 11th the “Alexandra” fired the first shot of the bombardment.  Owing to the flagship’s draught the Commander-in-Chief temporarily hoisted his flag in “Invincible.”  All ships were cleared for action with top gallant masts struck and bowsprits rigged in.  By 7.10a.m. the entire fleet was engaged, and such forts as could bring their guns to bear replied with vigour.  By 5p.m. all guns ashore had been silenced and the fleet ceased bombarding at 5.30p.m. The British casualties were 5 killed and 28 wounded.  The Egyptian loss has never been properly ascertained, but it is believed to have been about 150 killed and 400 wounded, out of the two thousand men engaged in the forts.  The “Cygnet” also assisted the “Condor” in the attack on Fort Marabout, anchoring so close in that the enemy’s guns could not be  sufficiently depressed to reach her.  The Governor refused to surrender when summoned, but on the following day the Egyptians fled, and Alexandria was occupied and policed by the British. In 1885 the “Cygnet,” commanded by Lieutenant Alexander Gardiner, took part in the Egyptian campaign and assisted in the defence of Suakin from the Mahdists. In 1889 the “Cygnet” was sold.

HMS Express 1874 - 77 Sold 1889
HMS Firebrand 1874 - 77 Sold 1905
HMS Firefly 1874 - 77 Sold 1931

HMS Firefly, 1877.

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HMS Firm 1874 - 77 Sold 1907
HMS Forester 1874 - 77 Sold 1904

HMS Forward - Name History

The third “FORWARD” was a 4-gun screw gunboat, launched at Barrow in 1877.  She was of 455 tons, 450 horse-power, and 9 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 125ft., 24ft., and 10ft.   This vessel ended her career as a coal depot at Bermuda, and in 1903 she was sold for £400.

HMS Forward 1877 Sold 1903
HMS Foxhound 1874 - 77 Sold 1920

HMS Foxhound - Name History

The fourth “FOXHOUND” was a 4-gun screw gunboat, launched at Barrow in 1877.  She was of 455 tons, 470 horse-power, and 10 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 125ft., 24ft., and 10ft.  In 1878 the “Foxhound,” commanded by Lieutenant William Henry Nowell, was one of squadron of seven ships which occupied the island of Cyprus under Vice-Admiral Lord John Hay with his flag in “Minotaur.”  This vessel was eventually converted to a coal haulabout at Devonport, after many years in the Coastguard service.  

HMS Foxhound, 1877.

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HMS Mallard 1874 - 77 Sold 1889
HMS Moorhen 1874 - 77 Sold 1888
HMS Sheldrake 1874 - 77 Sold 1906

Banterer Class Composite Gunboats

HMS Banterer 1880 - 82 Sold 1907
HMS Bullfrog 1880 - 82 Sold 1933
HMS Cockchafer 1880 - 82 Sold 1905

HMS Cockchafer, 1881.

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HMS Espoir 1880 - 82 Deleted 1904
HMS Grappler 1880 - 82 Sold 1907

HMS Grappler, 1880.

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HMS Raven 1880 - 82 Sold 1925

HMS Raven, as a Diving Tender, c.1910.

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HMS Redwing (ex Espoir) 1880 - 82 Sold 1905
HMS Starling 1880 - 82 Sold 1905
HMS Stork 1880 - 82 Sold 1950

HMS Stork, 1882.

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HMS Stork as a training ship, 1935.

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HMS Stork at Hammersmith. 

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HMS Wrangler 1880 - 82 Sold 1919
HMS Wasp 1880 - 82 Wrecked 1884

Albacore Class Composite Gunboats

HMS Albacore 1883 Sold 1906

HMS Albacore - Name History

The sixth “Albacore” was a 4-gun screw gunboat, launched at Birkenhead in 1883.  She was of 560 tons, 770 horsepower, and 11 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 135, 26ft., and 11ft.

           In 1884 the “Albacore,” commanded by Lieutenant Palmer Smythies, took part in the Egyptian campaign, and assisted in the defence of Suakin against the Mahdists.  In 1906 the “Albacore” was sold.

HMS Albacore

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HMS Mistletoe 1883 Sold 1907
HMS Watchful 1883 Sold 1907

HMS Watchful, 1883.

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HMS Watchful, 1887.

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HMS Watchful of the Albacore Class pictured pre 1896.

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Bramble Class Composite Gunboats

HMS Bramble 1886 Renamed HMS Cockatrice in 1896. Sold 1906

HMS Bramble - Name History

The sixth “Bramble” was a 6-gun screw gunboat, launched at Belfast in 1886. She was of 715 tons, 1000 horsepower, and 13 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 165ft, 29ft, and 13ft. This vessel’s name was changed to Ccockatrice” in 1896, and she served on the Danube for some years in accordance with the terms of the treaty of Berlin.  She was sold at Chatham in 1906 for £3800.

HMS Bramble, 1886.

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HMS Lizard 1886 Sold 1905
HMS Rattler 1886 Sold 1924
HMS Wasp 1886 Foundered 1887

HMS Wasp, 1886.

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Pigmy Class Composite Gunboats

HMS Partridge 1888 Sold 1912

Crew of HMS Partridge with young boy in front. 

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HMS Peacock 1888 Sold 1906
HMS Pheasant 1888 Sold 1906
HMS Pigeon 1888 Sold 1906
HMS Pigmy 27th July 1888 Sold April 1905

HMS Pigmy of the Pigmy class pictured pre 1896.

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HMS Pigmy.

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HMS Plover 1888 Sold 1927

HMS Plover of the Pygmy Class gunboats pictured pre 1896.

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HMS Plover, 1888.

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Redbreast Class Composite Gunboats

HMS Goldfinch 1889 Sold 1907

HMS Goldfinch, 1889.

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HMS Lapwing 1889 Sold 1910

HMS Lapwing of the Redbreast class composite gunboats.  Photographed off the Eden Gardens, Calcutta.

The company of HMS Lapwing

HMS Magpie 1889 Sold 1921

HMS Magpie coaling at Durban c.1898

HMS Redbreast 1889 Sold 1910
HMS Redpoll  1889 Sold 1906
HMS Ringdove 1889 Sold 1920
HMS Sparrow 1889 Sold 1922
HMS Thrush 1889 Wrecked 1917

HMS Thrush, 1889.

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HMS Widgeon 1889 Sold 1906

The Widgeon at anchor off Kosi Bay, Amatongaland c.1900. Amatongaland was the area where Zululand (South Africa) ran up to join what was the Portuguese part of Africa.

Bramble Class Steel Gunboats

HMS Bramble 1898 - 99 Sold 1926

HMS Bramble, 1898.

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HMS Britomart 1899 Sold 1920

HMS Britomart, 1899.

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HMS Dwarf 1898 Sold 1926

The Royal Navy Gunboat HMS Dwarf in 1902

Officers and Warrant officers of HMS Dwarf in 1902.

HMS Dwarf - Name History

 The sixth “DWARF” is a 2-gun twin-screw gunboat launched at Glasgow in 1898.  She is of 710 tons, 1300 horse-power, and 13.5 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 180ft., 33ft., and 8ft.   In 1900 the “Dwarf,” commanded by Lieutenant Frank Hastings Shakespear, played a minor part in the second Boer War. In January 1901 the “Dwarf,” commanded by Lieutenant F.H. Shakespear, assisted in a minor way in some combined Anglo-French operations in the Gambia River against the rebellious chief, Fodeh Cabbah.

HMS Thistle 1898 - 99 Sold 1926

Fly Class River Gunboats

HMS Butterfly 1915 Built in Abadan and later served on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers after being sold off.
HMS Cranefly 1915 Built in Abadan and later served on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers after being sold off.
HMS Dragonfly 1915 Built in Abadan and later served on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers after being sold off.
HMS Firefly 1915 Built in Abadan. Taken over by the Turks while participating in the Baghdad advance on 1st December 1915. Recaptured on 26th February 1917 but was sunk on 14th June 1924 while on the Euphrates river.
HMS Gadfly 1915 Built in Abadan. Transferred to Air Ministry in 1922 at Basra.
HMS Grayfly 1915 Built in Abadan. Transferred to the War Department in 1923.

River gunboat Grayfly.

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HMS Greenfly 1915 Built in Abadan and later served on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers after being sold off.
HMS Mayfly 1915 Built in Abadan and later served on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers after being sold off.
HMS Sawfly 1915 Built in Abadan and later served on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers after being sold off.
HMS Snakefly 1915 Built in Abadan and later served on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers after being sold off.
HMS Stonefly 1915 Built in Abadan and later served on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers after being sold off.
HMS Waterfly 1915 Built in Abadan and later served on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers after being sold off.
HMS Blackfly 1916 Built in Abadan. She sunk after colliding with a bridge in Baghdad on 16th May 1923 while loaned to the Air Ministry.
HMS Caddisfly 1916 Built in Abadan. Sold in 1923.
HMS Hoverfly 1916 Built in Abadan. Sold in 1923.
HMS Sedgefly 1916 Built in Abadan. Sold in 1923.

 

HMS Sedgefly

Insect Class River Gunboats

HMS Aphis 1915 - 1916 Served at Port Said 1915 until April 1916, then patrolled the Danube from November 1918 until March 1922. Sold in 1947.  In use ferrying No.8 Commando from Alexandria on abortive raids near Tobruk in late 1941.  Thanks to Mike Symonds.

HMS Aphis 

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HMS Bee 1915 - 1916 Served at Port Said 1915 until April 1916. Served in Hong Kong in March 1918. Sold in March 1939.

HMS Bee, 1915.

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HMS Bee, 1920.

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HMS Bee.

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Detail from photo opposite, HMS Bee.

HMS Cicala 1915 - 1916 Served in Humber river before being sent to Northern Russia in September 1918. Sunk by Japanese bombs on 21st December 1941.

HMS Cicala, 1936.

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HMS Cockchafer 1915 - 1916 Served in Brightlingsea before being sent to Northern Russia in September 1918. Sold in 1949.

HMS Cockchafer, 1924.

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HMS Cockchafer, 1915.

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HMS Cockchafer, 1915.

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HMS Cockchafer, 1915.

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HMS Cockchafer with possibly HMS Widgeon at Tchang.

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HMS Cricket 1915 - 1916 Served in Humber river before being sent to Northern Russia in September 1918. Heavily damaged by bombs on 29th June 1941. Scrapped in 1942.

HMS Cricket, 1915.

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HMS Glowworm 1915 - 1916 Served in Lowestoft before being sent to Northern Russia in September 1918. Damaged after a barge exploded alongside her on 24th August 1919. Sold for scrap in September 1928.

HMS Glowworm at Archangel, 6th July 1919.

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HMS Glowworm, 1920.

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HMS Gnat 1915 - 1916 Served in Persian Gulf in 1916. Served in Hong Kong in 1918. Badly damaged on 21st October 1941 after being struck by torpedoes from U79. Scrapped in 1945.
HMS Ladybird 1915 - 1916 Served at Port Said 1915 until April 1916, then patrolled the Danube from November 1918 until March 1922. Sunk on 12th May 1944 near Tobruk.

HMS Ladybird, 1924.

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HMS Mantis 1915 - 1916 Served in Persian Gulf in 1916. Sold in January 1940.

HMS Mantis.  Sent in by Colin Jameison

HMS Moth 1915 - 1916 Served in Persian Gulf in 1916. Scuttled on 21st December 1941 but was repaired by Japanese Navy and renamed Suma. She was sunk by mines in Yangtze River on 19th March 1945.

HMS Moth, 1926.

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HMS Moth, 1935.

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HMS Scarab 1915 - 1916 Served at Port Said 1915 until April 1916. Served in Hong Kong in March 1918. Scrapped in 1948.
HMS Tarantula 1915 - 1916 Served in Persian Gulf in 1916. Served in Hong Kong in 1918. Used for target practice and subsequently sunk on 1st May 1946.

HMS Tarantula, 1935.

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HMS Tarantula, 1938.

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Colonial Gunboats

South Australia

HMS Protector  1884 Sold 1924

Queensland

Gayundah Class Steel Gunvessels

Gayundah 1884 Sold 1921
Paluma 1884 Sold 1913, Scrapped 1955
 
HMS Otter 19th July 1884 Scrapped 1946

Victoria

HMS Albert 1883 Sold 1897
 
HMS Victoria 1884 Sold 1896

HM Victoria.

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Torpedo Gunboats

 
HMS Rattlesnake 1886 Sold 1910

Grasshopper Class

HMS Grasshopper 30th August 1887 Sold 1905

HMS Grasshopper - Name History

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HMS Sandfly 20th September 1887 Sold 1905

HMS Sandfly a Grasshopper Class torpedo gunboat pictured pre 1896.

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HMS Spider 17th October 1887 Sold 1903

Sharpshooter Class

HMS Assaye 11th February 1890 Built for the Royal Indian Marine. Sold for scrap in 1904.
HMS Gleaner 9th January 1890 Sold for scrap in 1905.
HMS Gossamer 9th January 1890 Converted to a minesweeper in 1908. Sold for scrap in 1920.
HMS Plassey 5th July 1890 Built for the Royal Indian Marine. Sold for scrap in 1904.
HMS Salamander 31st May 1889 Sold for scrap in 1906.
HMS Seagull 31st May 1889 Converted to a minesweeper in 1908. Lost in a collision in 1918.

HMS Seagull pictured pre 1896.

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HMS Sharpshooter 30th November 1888 Renamed Northampton in 1904. Used for Harbour Service from 1904. Broken up in 1922.
HMS Sheldrake 30th March 1889 Sold for scrap in 1907.
HMS Skipjack 30th April 1889 Converted to a minesweeper in 1908. Sold for scrap in 1920.
HMS Spanker 27th February 1889 Converted to a minesweeper in 1908. Sold for scrap in 1920.

HMS Spanker c.1918 sister ship to the Sharpshooter class gunboat HMS Speedwell

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HMS Speedwell 15th March 1889 Sold for scrap in 1920.

 

HMS Speedwell.

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HMS Speedwell a Sharpshooter class gunboat built 1889. Photograph taken c.1908. 

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HMS Speedwell of the Sharpshooter class of torpedo gunboats

HMS Boomerang 24th July 1889 Built for the Australian Station. Sold in 1905.

HMS Boomerang

HMS Boomerang firing a torpedo

HMS Boomerang

HMS Karakatta 27th August 1889 Built for the Australian Station. Sold in 1905.

Alarm Class

HMS Alarm 13th September 1892 Sold 1907
HMS Antelope 12th July 1893 Harbour Service 1914
HMS Circe 14th June 1892 Broken Up 1920
HMS Hebe 15th June 1892 Submarine Depot Ship 1910
HMS Jaseur 24th September 1892 Sold 1905
HMS Jason 14th May 1892 Mined 1917

HMS  Jason

part of the Alarm Class Torpedo Gunboats,  Launched 14th May 1892 and Completed June 1893. saw service in World war One, being mined and Sunk 1917 

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HMS Leda 13th September 1892 Broken Up 1922
HMS Niger 17th December 1892 Torpedoed 1914

HMS Niger before she was sunk by a German submarine off Deal on 11th November 1914. 

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HMS Niger.

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HMS Onyx 7th September 1892 Submarine Depot Ship 1907
HMS Renard 6th December 1892 Sold 1905
HMS Speedy 18th May 1893 Mined 1914

HMS Speedy. 

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HMS Speedy an Alarm Class torpedo gunboat, pictured pre 1896

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HMS Speedy.

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HMS Speedy

HMS Speedy.

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Dryad or Halcyon Class

HMS Dryad 22nd November 1893 Broken Up 1920

HMS Dryad.

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HMS Dryad - Name History

The fourth “DRYAD” is a 2-gun twin-screw gunboat, launched at Chatham in 1893.  She is of 1070 tons, 3500 horse-power, and 18.5 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 250ft., 30ft., and 10ft. For some years this vessel acted as tender to the Navigation School at Portsmouth.  

HMS Halcyon 6th April 1894 Depot Ship 1915
HMS Harrier 20th February 1894 Broken Up 1920

HMS Harrier - Name History

The eighth “HARRIER” is a 2-gun twin-screw gunboat, launched at Devonport in 1894.  She is of 1070 tons, 3500 horse- power, and 19 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught are 250ft., 30ft., and 9ft. This vessel became a sea-going tender to the Portsmouth Navigation School.

HMS Hazard 17th February 1894 Depot Ship 1915

HMS Hazard - Name History

The thirteenth “HAZARD” is a 2-gun twin-screw gunboat, launched Pembroke in 1894.  She is of 1070 tons, 3500 horse-power, and 19 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught are 250ft., 30ft., and 9ft.  In 1897 and 1898 the “Hazard,” commanded by Lieutenant Price Vaughan Lewes, was engaged in the pacification of Crete.  It had been decided by a council of Naval officers to collect a certain proportion of export duties and to expand the proceeds for the general benefit of the island .  Orders were given therefore that the Custom House at Candia should be turned over to the British authorities.  A desperate attack on a small force of sailors and soldiers by a fanatical, well-armed mob, occurred on September 6th, 1898.  At the same time the British hospital and camp at the other end of the town were attacked.  There were only 130 British troops in the town, and the Turkish troops did not assist as they should have done.  The “Hazard” opened fire on the town with 4.7’s.  In each case the defence was heroically maintained, and then the infuriated mob turned upon the native Christians, of whom it is believed nearly a thousand were massacred.  The “Hazard” lost four seamen killed and several wounded; but the Queen marked her  pleasure at the behaviour of the “Hazard” by promoting Lieutenant Lewes to Commander, and awarding the Victoria Cross and Distinguished Service Order to Surgeon W.J. Maillard and Lieutenant E.H. Nicholson respectively.  A monument to the killed seaman has been placed in the Upper Barracca at Malta.  The “Hazard” eventually became a sea-going depot ship for submarine boats. On February 2nd, 1912 the “Hazard,” while commanded by Lieutenant Charles J.C. Little, collided with the submerged submarine A3, which unfortunately sank with a loss of 14 lives.

HMS Hussar 3rd July 1894 Broken Up 1921

HMS Hussar - Name History

The ninth “HUSSAR” is a 2-gun twin-screw gunboat, launched at Devonport in 1894.  She is of 1070 tons, 3500 horse-power, and 19 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 250ft., 30ft., and 9ft.   In 1897 the “Hussar,” was employed in the pacification of the Island of Crete, which led to the appointment of Prince George of Greece as High Commissioner, under the suzerainty of the Sultan of Turkey.    The last Turkish troops to be removed from the island were conveyed to Salonica by the “Hussar.”   This gunboat was eventually converted into a special service ship for service with the Commander-in-Chief in the Mediterranean, and has now only met mast.

 

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HMS Robin, 1934.

River gunboat launched 1937.  Served as a boom depot ship in Hong Kong.  Scuttled Hong Kong 25th December 1941

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HMS Robin, 1934.

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HMS Tern, 1927.

Tern Class River Gunboat, launched 1927, designed for use in Chinese rivers.  Scuttled at Hong Kong 19th December 1941.

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HMS Seamew, 1928.

Tern Class River Gunboat, launched 1927 - 28, designed for use in Chinese rivers.  Scrapped 1947.

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HMS Seamew, 1935.

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HMS Sandpiper, 1898.

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HMS Widgeon, 1904.

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River gunboat on the Yangtze 

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HMS Robin, 1898.

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The Royal Navy gun-boat HMS Woodcock on the Yangtse River c.1900. She was specially built for river service in China and had one sister ship HMS Woodlark under the command of Commander D R Watson.

Some of the crew of the gunboat HMS Woodcock in their winter gear c.1900.

HMS Sultan 

Shallow Draft Gun Boat pictured in 1898 serving on the Nile. Built by yarrow and Co. and is armed with two 12 pounder QF guns and  Eight maxims, It can accommodate an amazing 1,000 troops.  It has a 24 inch Draught.

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HMS Sultan, 1898.

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HMS Woodlark, 1898.

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HMS Heron

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HMS Melik

Shallow Draft Gun Boat pictured in 1898 serving on the Niger She was in service with a number of similar ships on the Niger   Built by Yarrow and Co. and is armed with two 12 pounder QF guns and  Eight maxims, It can accommodate an amazing 1,000 troops.  It has a 24 inch Draught.

HMS Hearty a special service gunboat / survey vessel pictured pre 1896.

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HMS Triad.  

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HMS Teal, 1901.

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 Pushing the concept of the Spitfire almost to the limit, the sleek F Mk212 represented the ultimate in fighter design at the end of the Second World War.  Powered by the mighty Griffon 61 engine driving a five blade propeller, its armament consisted of four 20mm British Hispano Cannon, two in each wing.  This example is LA200 (DL-E) of 91 Sqn in 1945.

Spitfire F Mk21 by Ivan Berryman.
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 An ignominious end for an Albatros C.III demands an act of compassion by a British medical team who are first on the scene of a crash in the early years of World War 1.

Not All Landings Are Good Landings by Ivan Berryman.
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 With HMS Warspite keeping a watchful eye off her port bow, the Illustrious class carrier HMS Formidable prepares to recover a Fairey Albacore TB MK1 of No. 826 sqn. following a vital sortie against Italian shipping at the start of the Battle of Cape Matapan in march 1941. Led by Lt Cdr W G H Saunt DSC, Formidables Albacores launched torpedo attacks on the battleship Vittorio Veneto, seriously damaging her, despite coming under intense anti aircraft fire and a splash barrage of 15-inch shells.

HMS Formidable by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 Routine, though essential, maintenance is carried out on a 501 Sqn Hurricane at the height of the Battle of Britain during the Summer of 1940.  Hurricane P3059 <i>SD-N</i> in the background is the aircraft of Group Captain Byron Duckenfield.

Ground Force by Ivan Berryman.
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 American built, British inspired and once re-engined with the Merlin, the mighty Mustang became a supreme long-range escort fighter and close air support platform. Old Crow was the mount of Clarence E. Anderson based at Leiston, England, with the 357th FG, 363rd FS. Andersons personal victory score during WWII was 16.25 in air combat.
Winter of 45 by Philip West. (Y)
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 Dodging heavy flak and anti aircraft fire in the skies above Normandy, Douglas C-47s of the 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group see the 101st Airborne Division away on the night of 5th/6th June 1944 at the start of Operation Overlord.  D-Day had arrived.

Leap of Faith by Ivan Berryman.
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Lancaster CF-X (LM384) of 625 Squadron.  On the Leipzig raid on the evening of 19th/20th February 1944 approx 47 Lancasters were shot down or failed to return, that is over 300 airmen.  Lancaster CF-X (LM384) was taking part in the bombing raids that were a build up to the D-Day landings of June 1944.  Leipzig was seen as a high value target due to its oil and synthetic fuel production.  The Lancaster took off from Kelstern in Lincolnshire just before midnight.  Unfortunately LM384 did not come back as was the case with many others - the aircraft was lost and crashed just outside the tiny village of Bledeln in Germany.  The Pastor of the village, Herr Duncker, kept a diary throughout the war and has an account of the plane crash and the subsequent burial of the crew.  All of the crew died in the crash except one - bomb aimer George Paterson who was interned in Stalag 357 Kopernikus.  The rest of the crew were given a Christian burial and stayed there until the end of the war, when the war graves commission disinterred the crew and reburied them in the Hannover war cemetery.

Last Long Shadow by Anthony Saunders.
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Mosquitos of 105 Squadron, Marham.  No. 105 Squadron, stationed at Marham, Norfolk, became the first Royal Air Force unit to become operational flying the Mosquito B. Mk. IV bomber on 11th April 1942.  The painting shows 105 Squadron on the raid of 10th April 1945, to the Wahren railway marshalling yards at Leipzig, Germany.

Return From Leipzig by Anthony Saunders. (Y)
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B216P.  HMS Colossus by Ivan Berryman. Together with her sister ship, Hercules, HMS Colossus acquitted herself well at the Battle of Jutland where she fired 93 12in rounds, but received only two hits from enemy fire which caused minor damage and left nine crew injured.  She was sold for scrap in 1928.

HMS Colossus by Ivan Berryman (P)
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Over 150 years of the Royal Navy are encapsulated in this view of the mighty HMS Nelson, moored at Portsmouth in 1945. Beyond the 16in guns of A turret, the masts of Admiral Nelsons flagship at Trafalgar, HMS Victory rise into the skyline whilst in the foreground MTB 507 cruises past on its way to the Solent.

HMS Nelson by Ivan Berryman (P)
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 HMS Medway was the first Royal navy submarine Depot ship that was designed for the purpose from the outset. She is shown here with a quintet of T-class submarines on her starboard side, whilst an elderly L-Class begins  to move away having completed replenishment. HMS Medway was sunk on 30th June 1940 having been torpedoed by U-372 off Alexandria.

HMS Medway by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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B103.  HMS Royal Sovereign and HMS Warspite departing Malta by Ivan Berryman.

HMS Royal Sovereign and HMS Warspite departing Malta by Ivan Berryman
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Two F14 Tomcats of VF-1 pass in close formation over the stern of the veteran USS Ranger (CV-61)

USS Ranger by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 Forming part of the Eastern Task Force covering the landings at Normandy in June 1944, the cruiser HMS Mauritius is shown in company with the monitor HMS Roberts and the cruiser HMS Frobisher shelling German batteries at Merville, Houlgate and Benerville as the combined British and American forces embark upon what would become known forever as D-Day.

Operation Neptune by Ivan Berryman.
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 HMS Intrepid embarks some of her landing craft during the Falklands conflict of 1982.
HMS Intrepid by Ivan Berryman (P)
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 HMS Broadsword and the aircraft carrier Hermes battle their way through the storm on their way to the Battle for the Falklands.

Storm Force to the Falklands by Anthony Saunders (P)
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Battle of Crecy.  One of the battles fought during the Hundred Years War, on 26th August 1346. On 12th July Edward III landed in Normandy with his army and marching north plundered the countryside. King Philip VI assembled an army to stop Edward and tracked them across the Somme River. When Edward reached Crecy he stopped and ordered his army to take up defensive positions. King Philip surveyed the English positions and decided to postpone his attack until August 27th. However, the French vanguard pressed forward too far and so committed the entire army to the battle. The hired Genoese crossbowmen began the assault but came under severe attack from the English longbows and so fled to the rear. King Philip then ordered his cavalry to charge resulting in a huge loss of horse and man under the barrage of arrows which rained down on them. By the end of the night after several unsuccessful assaults the French army was reduced by a third and King John of Luxemburg was dead. Edward then turned towards Calais.

The Black Prince Before the Battle of Crecy by Mark Churms.
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 The Duke of Wellington was blockading the fortress of Ciudad Rodrigo with 32,000 troops. The French sent a force of 45,000 troops under Marshal Andre Massena to relieve the fortress. Wellington took up a strong position at Fuentos DOnoro and the French attacked on May 5th with superior numbers. The British army held their ground with the cost of 1,500 casualties, the French suffered higher losses of 2,200 troops and finally withdrew. The Duke of Wellington quickly seized Almeida.

The 95th Rifle Brigade at the Battle of Fuentes De Onoro, 5th May 1811 by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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 During the morning of June 7th the 82nd Airborne were attacked by a mixed German battle group. Supported by 4th Division armour the Paratroopers and Glider troops repelled the attack which lasted most of the day.

Fighting for a Foothold, 82nd Airborne at St Mere Eglise, 1944 by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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 Coming into action in Iraq, February 1991.

M109 Howitzers of 127 (Dragon) Field Battery Royal Artillery by David Rowlands.
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The Allied breakthrough into the Normandy plain, against heavy German opposition. Filed marshall Montgomery claimed that Operation Goodwood had two major aims – the first being to break out from the beaches and the other to destroy the German armoured reserves and draw them away from the US forces that were preparing for Operation Cobra in the western sector.  The plan for the breakout began with a massive aerial bombardment, using the strategic air forces large bombers to decimate the German defending forces then Lt-General Richard OConnors VIII Corps comprising three whole armoured divisions – 11th, 7th and Guards - and spearheaded by Major-General Pip Roberts 11th would then rush forward, overwhelm the defending Germans and causing the armoured forces to move forward and break out from the beach areas. To cover the flanks the Canadians would fight their way to Caen, while the British 3rd Infantry and 51st Highland Divisions would cover the left flank,  and move further eastward.

Operation Goodwood, Caen, Normandy, 18th-19th July, 1944 by David Rowlands (C)
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On the night of 6th April 1812 Wellingtons Army, surrounding the walled Spanish town of Badajoz (garrisoned by Napoleons soldiers under general Baron Philippon) is ready to attack!  The men of the 45th regiment from Pictons 3rd Division launch themselves in a desperate and bloody assault against the north castle wall. Carrying improvised ladders, the men have their top buttons undone, overalls rolled up and are stripped for action.  The castles defenders (Germans, allied to Napoleon of the Graf und Erbprinz Regiment from Hesse-Darmstadt) partroling the walls in their greatcoats are intially surprised by the bold assault from this sector but they have been preparing the strong defenses for some time. Soon the night air is full of musketry, falling masonry, burning bundles of ropes and exploding grenades or mines.  Despite the horrific casualties suffered the attackers press home. As the first scaling ladders are raised near a small bell tower the young Lt. James Macpherson reaches for the top of the wall. The ladders are too short! Undaunted he cries to his men below to lift the base of the ladder closer to the wall. This rapid, vertical movement suddenly propels him to a height several feet above the Germans heads. A shot rings out as one of the defenders fires point blank into the young mans chest. Fortunately the lead ball only strikes a glancing blow, cleaving in two a button of the officers waist coat and dislocating one of his ribs. Despite his fortunate escape, the force of the impact nearly sends him tumbling from the ladder. Somehow he maintains his grasp but the ladder itself gives way under the weight of the men following. Some unfortunates are impaled on the bayonets of their comrades below.  Leaping from the rungs of another ladder, Corporal Kelly is the first man over the top and gradually the 45th gain a foothold on the ramparts. The rest of the regiment is ordered to unfix bayonets. Using the few remaining ladders, others also manage to scale the walls. Through the carnage they climb, club and shoot their way into the castle itself!  Maepherson now regains consciousness at the foot of the wall and revived with a cup of coco from his friend A.A. General Hercules Packenham, who was directly behind him on the ladder when it broke. Though winded by the shot he rises to his feet. This sudden movement relocates his rib and he is able to climb the ladders once more. Once over the defense he sees the old towers of Apendez and Albar-rana to his left and the cathedral illuminated by gun fire in the distance. However his objective is directly ahead. Atop the abandoned tower of Santa Maria before him still flies the French tricolour.  Macplierson seizes the opportunity, mounts the spiral stairway to the top turret and pulls down the enemy flag. For want of a substitute he flies his own red jacket from the pole, signifying that the castle has fallen. In the rest of the town the fighting continues and turns into a blood lust. Badajoz is one of the bloodiest and violent sieges of the Peninsula War. On the following day Maepherson presents his trophy to the Duke of Wellington himself but his bravery is not rewarded with a promotion.
Storming of Badajoz by the Sherwood Foresters painting by Mark Churms. (P)
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 Study for the original painting Charge and Pursue.
Lucknow 1857 - Queens Bays Trooper Engaging Mutinous Officer by Mark Churms. (P)
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 Depicting one of the nighttime Zulu attacks on Rorkes Drift. The South Wales Borderers defend the outpost by the light of the burning hospital building.

Night of the Zulu by Bud Bradshaw. (Y)
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 Schumacher and Ferrari, the winning team.

Sea of Red by David Evans
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B42. Gerhard Berger/ Ferrari 412.T2 by Ivan Berryman.

Gerhard Berger/ Ferrari 412.T2 by Ivan Berryman.
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David Coulthard made his Grand Prix debut at the Spanish Grand Prix in 1994.  Only an electrical problem with his Williams Renault stopped Coulthard finishing 3rd in his first ever Grand Prix.  This performance was enough to confirm his potential and earn a drive for the 1995 season.  Winning at Estoril, on the podium at Interlagos, Magny-Cours, Silverstone, Hockenheim, Hungaroring and T I Aida, placed him third in the championship in his first full Grand Prix season.  Coulthard moved to McLaren for the 1996 season proving on many occasions that he could match the pace of team leader Mika Hakkinen, who has a reputation as one of the fastest.  For 1997, Coulthard took over the mantle of Britains No.1 driver and was well qualified to do so.  Winning at Melbourne and Monza, second at A1 Ring and Jerez.  Fourth in the championship prior to Schumachers exclusion.  Coulthard drives with a balance of flair and aggression which earned him considerable respect.  After nearly fifteen years as a top flight driver, Coulthard has now retired from driving, leaving a remarkable legacy behind him.  Twice winner of the British Grand Prix in 1999 and 2000, he has represented Scotland and Great Britain at the highest level of motorsport for well over a decade.

Tribute to David Coulthard by Stuart McIntyre
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Jason Robinson by Robert Highton. (Y)
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 Peter Deighan has superbly captured Jimmy White, John Parrot, Stephen Hendry, James Wattana, John Higgins, Ken Doherty, Ronnie OSullivan and of course the centrepiece, a magnificent study of former World Champion Steve Davis as he Ponders his next shot.  A must for all snooker rooms, clubs and players of this wonderful game.

Kings of the Baize II by Peter Deighan
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 Ferrari Pit Stop 2001.
Masters of Strategy II by Michael Thompson.
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Jenson Button - Canada 2011 by Stephen Doig. (P)
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The legendary Welsh rugby union captain Gareth Edwards is brought to life in the triple portrait. Gareth Edwards is revered in Wales and considered one of the finest players ever. in part of the montage he is shown going over for a try against England.
Gareth Edwards by Darren Baker. (Y)
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