HMS Daring (1874)

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HMS Egeria.jpg
HMS Daring's sister ship, HMS Egeria
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Daring
Builder: Blackwall Yard, London
Laid down: 1872
Launched: 4 February 1874[1]
Completed: September 1874
Decommissioned: 1889
Fate: Sold for scrap, August 1889
General characteristics
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: 915 ihp (682 kW)
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)
Complement: 125

HMS Daring was a 4-gun Fantome-class sloop of the Royal Navy. She was launched in 1874 and sold for breaking in 1889 after serving most of her career in the Pacific.


Daring was constructed of an iron frame sheathed with teak and copper (hence 'composite'), and powered by a trunk engine provided by John Penn & Sons.[2] She was fitted with a full barque rig of sails.


Daring served on the Pacific and China Stations, working some of the time for the Canadian Government, including conducting hydrography, for which the Canadian Government bore half the cost.[3] In Spring 1861 she carried Joseph Howe (the Provincial Secretary at the time) to the mouth of the Tangier River in Halifax County, Nova Scotia. There he arranged to have law and order restored by carving the gold diggings into appropriately sized lots, and offering them for rental for $40.[4] In 1877 Commander John Hammer made a sketch survey of the Skeena River entrance from Daring.[3]


She was sold to a Mr J Cohen in 1889 and broken up.


  1. ^ "Naval Sloops at". Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  2. ^ Winfield, p. 291
  3. ^ a b "British Columbia Archives". Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  4. ^ Joseph Howe: The Briton Becomes Canadian, 1848–1873, J Murray Beck, ISBN 0-7735-0447-8, p. 149