HMS Nimble (1860)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Nimble.
Nimble‍ '​s sister ship Jeanette (ex-HMS Pandora) at Le Havre in 1878
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Nimble
Ordered: 27 March 1858
Builder: Pembroke Dockyard, Wales
Laid down: 30 October 1859
Launched: 15 September 1860[1]
Commissioned: 8 April 1861[1]
  • Harbour service 1879
  • RNR training ship at Hull 1885
  • Sold to W R James on 10 July 1906[1]
General characteristics
Displacement: 570 tons
  • 145 ft (44.2 m) oa
  • 127 ft 10.25 in (39.0 m) pp
Beam: 25 ft 4 in (7.7 m) [1]
Depth of hold: 13 ft (3.96 m)
Installed power: 334 ihp (249 kW)[1]
  • Single 2-cyl. horizontal single-expansion steam engine by A & J Inglis
  • Single screw
Speed: 9.9 knots (18 km/h)[1]
Complement: 60
  • One 68-pdr muzzle-loading smooth-bore gun
  • Two 24-pdr howitzers
  • Two 20-pdr breech-loading guns[1]

HMS Nimble was a wooden Philomel-class gunvessel of the Royal Navy. She was equipped with 5 guns. She became a drill ship for the Royal Naval Reserve at Hull in 1885 and was disposed of in 1906.


HMS Nimble was launched on 15 September 1860 from the Pembroke Dockyard. In 1861 she was commanded by Lieutenant John D'Arcy on the North America and West Indies Station as a tender to HMS Nile. Commander Frederick William Lee was in command of Nimble from 19 October 1870 to 4 December 1871 and employed at Zanzibar in the suppression of the slave trade. She was placed in harbour service in 1879, and became a Royal Naval Reserve training ship at Hull in 1885.

She was sold to W. R. James on 10 July 1906.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Winfield (2004) p.221

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