HMS Decoy (1871)
H.M's Gunboat Decoy at sea
|Launched:||12 October 1871|
|Fate:||Sold in 1885|
|Class and type:||Ariel-class gunboat|
|Tons burthen:||295 bm|
|Length:||125 ft 0 in (38.10 m)|
|Beam:||22 ft 6 in (6.86 m)|
|Draught:||10 ft 3 in (3.12 m) max|
|Sail plan:||Three-masted barquentine rig|
|Speed:||9.5 kn (17.6 km/h)|
HMS Decoy was an Ariel-class composite gunboat of the Royal Navy, built at Pembroke Dockyard and launched on 12 October 1871. She served in both the Third Anglo-Ashanti War in 1873 and the Bombardment of Alexandria in 1882. She rapidly became obsolete and was sold in 1885.
Design and construction
Designed by Sir Edward Reed, Chief Constructor of the Royal Navy, the Ariel-class gunboats were the first gunboats of composite construction. She was armed with two 6-inch (150 mm) 64-pounder (56cwt) muzzle-loading rifles and two 4-inch (100 mm) 20-pounder Armstrong breech loaders. All 4 guns were mounted on traversing carriages. All the ships of the class carried a three-masted barquentine rig.
She was sold at Malta in 1885.
- Illustrated London News, 26 July 1873, p. 89
- Goodrich, Caspar F (Lt Cdr), Report of the British Naval and Military Operations In Egypt 1882, Navy Department, Washington, 1885, p. 30
- The Graphic, 7 October 1882, p. 369
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