HMS Mutine (1880)

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Sister-ship Miranda under sail
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Name: HMS Mutine
Builder: Devonport Dockyard
Cost: Hull £37,500, machinery £11,770[1]
Laid down: 7 June 1879
Launched: 20 Jul 1880
Commissioned: 10 May 1881
Fate: Boom defence vessel, 1899
Renamed Azov in March 1904
Sold for breaking 25 August 1921
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Doterel-class sloop
Displacement: 1,130 tons
Length: 170 ft (52 m) pp
Beam: 36 ft (11 m)
Draught: 15 ft 9 in (4.80 m)
Installed power: 1,120 ihp (840 kW)
  • 3 x cylindrical boilers
  • 2-cylinder horizontal compound-expansion steam engine
  • Single screw
Sail plan: Barque rigged
Speed: 11.6 knots (21.5 km/h)
Range: 1,480 nmi (2,740 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h) from 150 tons of coal
Complement: 140-150

HMS Mutine was a Doterel-class sloop of the Royal Navy, built at the Devonport Dockyard and launched on 20 July 1880. She became a boom defence vessel at Southampton in 1899 and was renamed Azov in 1904. She was sold after World War I.


The Doterel class was designed by Nathaniel Barnaby as a development of William Henry White's 1874 Osprey-class sloop. The graceful clipper bow of the Ospreys was replaced by a vertical stem and the engines were more powerful. The hull was of composite construction, with wooden planks over an iron frame.[1]


Power was provided by three cylindrical boilers, which supplied steam at 60 pounds per square inch (410 kPa) to a two-cylinder horizontal compound-expansion steam engine driving a single 13-foot-1-inch (3.99 m) screw. This arrangement produced 1,020 indicated horsepower (760 kW) and a top speed of 11 knots (20 km/h).[1]


Ships of the class were armed with two 7-inch (90 cwt) muzzle-loading rifled guns on pivoting mounts, and four 64-pounder muzzle-loading rifled guns (two on pivoting mounts, and two broadside). Four machine guns and one light gun completed the weaponry.[1]

Sail plan[edit]

All the ships of the class were provided with a barque rig,[1] that is, square-rigged foremast and mainmast, and fore-and-aft sails only on the mizzen mast.


Mutine would have had a normal complement of 140–150 men.[1]


Mutine was ordered from Devonport Dockyard and laid down on 7 June 1879. She was launched on 20 July 1880 and was commissioned on 10 May 1881[1] at Devonport.[2]


Sloops of the 1880s and beyond were built to an outmoded design specifically to act as guardians of Britain's far-flung maritime empire; their sailing rig gave them enormous range, and their armament was more than sufficient for minor conflicts around the globe.[3] Mutine was assigned to the Pacific Station, including service in China.[2]

In 1904 Admiral John Fisher (amid great controversy) listed over 90 ships for disposal. Among those listed as "ships available for subsidiary purposes of war"[Note 1] was Mutine.[3] Converted to a boom defence vessel in 1899,[3] she and her sister Espiegle were assigned to the boom protecting Southampton Water.[4] Sold for breaking 25 August 1921.[1] Mutine was renamed Azov in March 1904 (Espiegle became Argo at the same time).[1] They worked throughout World War I in this capacity.

The Pacific Squadron. Trying rate of sailings, H.M.S. Kingfisher and Mutine coming in to windward of Flag Ship, 9 January 1884


Azov (ex-Mutine) was sold to C A Beard on 25 August 1921.[3]


  1. ^ "Ships available for subsidiary purposes of war" were the so called "llamas"; those for sale were the "goats" and those for disposal the "sheep"


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Winfield (2004) p.292
  2. ^ a b "HMS Mutine at the Naval Database website". Retrieved 2011-08-01. 
  3. ^ a b c d Preston (2007) p.124
  4. ^ "Navy List 1908 (Other Lists)". battleshipscruisers website. Retrieved 2011-08-01.