HMS Rapid (1883)
HMS Rapid anchored at Farm Cove, Sydney c. 1888.
|Laid down:||21 April 1881|
|Launched:||21 March 1883|
|Commissioned:||9 September 1884|
|Class and type:||Satellite-class sloop|
|Length:||200 ft (61 m) pp|
|Beam:||38 ft (12 m)|
|Draught:||15 ft 9 in (4.80 m)|
|Installed power:||1,470 ihp (1,096 kW)|
|Range:||Approximately 6,000 nmi (11,000 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h)|
|Armour:||Internal steel deck over machinery and magazines|
Initially on service with the Cape of Good Hope and West Africa Station, Rapid commenced service on the Australia Station in 1886. She was recommissioned three times in Sydney before leaving the Australia Station on 1 December 1897. In March 1902, it was announced that she would be sold out of service owing to defects in her machinery. Hulked in 1906, she was converted into a coal hulk in 1912 and was renamed C7. She became an accommodation ship in 1916 and was renamed Hart. She was sold at Gibraltar in 1948.
- Winfield (2004) p.293
- "Satellite-class sloops at Battleships-Cruisers website". Retrieved 2010-10-08.
- Bastock 1988, p. 110.
- "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36711). London. 10 March 1902. p. 6.
- Bastock, John (1988), Ships on the Australia Station, Child & Associates Publishing Pty Ltd; Frenchs Forest, Australia. ISBN 0-86777-348-0
- Winfield, Rif & Lyon, David (2004). The Sail and Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815–1889. London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-032-6. OCLC 52620555.
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