HMS Reindeer (1883)

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HMS Racer
HMS Racer, sister ship to HMS Reindeer
United Kingdom
Class and type: Mariner-class composite screw sloop
Name: HMS Reindeer
Builder: Devonport Dockyard
Cost: Hull: £34,834, Machinery: £12,787[1]
Laid down: 15 January 1883[1]
Launched: 14 November 1883
  • Lent to the Liverpool Salvage Association in 1917 and renamed Reindeer I
  • Sold on 12 July 1924
General characteristics
Displacement: 970 tons
Length: 167 ft (51 m)
Beam: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Draught: 14 ft (4.3 m)[1]
Installed power: 850 ihp (630 kW)
  • 2-cylinder horizontal compound-expansion steam engine
  • Single screw[1]
Sail plan: Barque-rigged
Speed: 11 12 knots (21.3 km/h)
Range: Approximately 2,100 nmi (3,900 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h)[1]
Complement: 126

HMS Reindeer was a Royal Navy Mariner-class composite screw gunvessel of 8 guns.[2]


Designed by Nathaniel Barnaby,[1] 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.[3] 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,[4] she was renamed Reindeer I and sold to the Halifax Shipyard Ltd as a salvage ship on 12 July 1924.[1] She was abandoned at sea on 12 March 1932. Her 30 crew were rescued by the ocean liner Montcalm.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h 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. 
  2. ^ "Cruisers at battleships-cruisers website". Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  3. ^ "BRITISH NAVAL VESSELS LOST AT SEA Part 1 of 2 - Abadol (oiler) to Lynx (destroyer)". Naval History. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Moore, John E (Editor) (1990). Janes fighting ships of World War I. Studio Editions. p. 91. ISBN 1-85170-378-0. 
  5. ^ "Casualty reports". The Times (46081). London. 14 March 1932. col G, p. 24. 
  6. ^ "A North Atlantic rescue". The Times (46082). London. 15 March 1932. col C, p. 13.