HMS Espiegle (1880)

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Espiegle moored to a buoy
Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: HMS Espiegle
Builder: Devonport Dockyard
Cost: Hull £37,500, machinery £11,770[1]
Laid down: 23 September 1879
Launched: 3 August 1880
Commissioned: 11 October 1881
  • Boom defence vessel, 1899
  • Renamed Argo, 1904
  • Sold to W. Thorpe on 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: 1,140 ihp (850 kW)
  • 3 × cylindrical boilers
  • 2-cylinder horizontal compound-expansion steam engine
  • Single screw
Sail plan: Barque rigged
Speed: 11 12 knots (21.3 km/h)
Range: 1,480 nmi (2,740 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h) from 150 tons of coal
Complement: 140-150

HMS Espiegle was a Doterel-class sloop of the Royal Navy, built at the Devonport Dockyard and launched on 3 August 1880.[2]


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 (90cwt) 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.


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


Espiegle was ordered from Devonport Dockyard and laid down on 23 September 1879. She was launched on 3 August 1880 and was commissioned on 11 October 1881[1] at Devonport.[3]


She commenced service on the Australia Station in November 1881.[2] She left the Australia Station in March 1885 and went to the China Station. She assisted during the Chilean Revolt in 1891. She was fitted out as a boom defence vessel in 1899 and stationed at Southampton; she was renamed Argo in 1902.[1]


She was sold to W. Thorpe for breaking on 25 August 1921.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Winfield (2004) p.292
  2. ^ a b Bastock, p.77.
  3. ^ "HMS Espiegle at the Naval Database website". Retrieved 2011-07-31.