HMS Reindeer (1883)
HMS Racer, sister ship to HMS Reindeer
|Class and type:||Mariner-class composite screw sloop|
|Cost:||Hull: £34,834, Machinery: £12,787|
|Laid down:||15 January 1883|
|Launched:||14 November 1883|
|Length:||167 ft (51 m)|
|Beam:||32 ft (9.8 m)|
|Draught:||14 ft (4.3 m)|
|Installed power:||850 ihp (630 kW)|
|Speed:||11 1⁄2 knots (21.3 km/h)|
|Range:||Approximately 2,100 nmi (3,900 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h)|
Designed by Nathaniel Barnaby, the Royal Navy Director of Naval Construction, her hull was of composite construction; that is, iron keel, frames, stem and stern posts with wooden planking. She was fitted with a 2-cylinder horizontal compound expansion steam engine driving a single screw, produced by Hawthorn Leslie. She was rigged with three masts, with square rig on the fore- and main-masts, making her a barque-rigged vessel. Her keel was laid at Devonport Royal Dockyard on 15 January 1883 and she was launched on 14 November 1883. Her entire class were re-classified in November 1884 as sloops before they entered service.
She was converted to a boom defence vessel in 1904. During World War I, she collided with the Royal Navy stores carrier HMS Immingham in the Mediterranean Sea on 6 June 1915, sinking Immingham. She was lent to the Liverpool Salvage Association as a salvage vessel in 1917. Re-engined in 1918 by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company with a 2,100 horsepower (1,566 kW) engine, she was renamed Reindeer I and sold to the Halifax Shipyard Ltd as a salvage ship on 12 July 1924. She was abandoned at sea on 12 March 1932. Her 30 crew were rescued by the ocean liner Montcalm.
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