HMS Flying Fish (1873)
HMS Flying Fish
|Name:||HMS Flying Fish|
|Launched:||27 November 1873|
|Renamed:||From HMS Daring, 14 January 1873|
|Reclassified:||As survey ship, 1878|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap, December 1888|
|Class and type:||Fantome-class sloop|
|Displacement:||949 long tons (964 t)|
|Tons burthen:||727 bm|
|Length:||160 ft (48.8 m) (p/p)|
|Beam:||31 ft 4 in (9.6 m)|
|Draught:||14 ft (4.3 m)|
|Depth:||15 ft 6 in (4.7 m)|
|Installed power:||836 ihp (623 kW)|
1 × 2-cylinder horizontal compound expansion steam engine
3 × cylindrical boilers
|Sail plan:||Barque rig|
|Speed:||10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)|
|Range:||1,000 nmi (1,900 km; 1,200 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)|
|Armament:||2 × 7-inch rifled muzzle-loading guns
2 × 6.3-inch 64-pounder rifled muzzle-loading guns
HMS Flying Fish was a Fantome-class sloop of the Royal Navy, built at Chatham Dockyard and launched on 27 November 1873. Originally intended to be named Daring, she was renamed Flying Fish before launch on 14 January 1873.
She commenced service with the East Indies Station in 1874 in the suppression of the slave trade off the East African coast. She paid off in 1878 for conversion to a survey vessel and in 1880 commenced hydrographic surveys in the East Indies. In December 1880 she arrived in Hong Kong to commence surveying duties in East Asia (on the China Station) under the command of Richard F Hoskyn. In November 1881, a party of sailors from the ship formed an honour guard for George French, Chief Justice of the British Supreme Court for China and Japan who had died in Kobe. During the Russian war scare of 1885 she was rearmed and rejoined fleet duties, however in 1886, she reverted to survey duties on the Australia Station. She left the Australia Station later in 1886 and returned to England where she paid off. She was sold in 1888.
- Bastock 1988, pp. 90–100.
- North China Herald, December 16, 1880, p555. The NCH gave Hoskyn's rank as Commander, however, the Navy List for 1881 lists him as a Lieutenant.
- North China Herald, November 29, 1881, p567
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- Bastock, John (1988), Ships on the Australia Station, Child & Associates Publishing Pty Ltd; Frenchs Forest, Australia. ISBN 0-86777-348-0
- Chesneau, Roger; Kolesnik, Eugene M., eds. (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. Greenwich, UK: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-8317-0302-4.
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