HMS Thrush (1889)

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HMS Thrush, First Class gunboat by W. Fred Mitchell
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Thrush
Builder: Scotts, Greenock
Cost: £39,000[1]
Yard number: 262[1]
Launched: 22 June 1889
Fate: Coastguard 1906
Cable ship 1915
Salvage vessel 1916
Wrecked on 11 April 1917
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Redbreast-class first-class gunvessel
Displacement: 805 tons
Length: 165 ft 0 in (50.3 m) pp
Beam: 31 ft 0 in (9.4 m)
Draught: 11 ft 0 in (3.35 m) min, 13 ft 9 in (4.19 m) max
Installed power: 1,200 ihp (890 kW)
  • Triple expansion steam engine
  • 2 × boilers
  • Single screw
Sail plan: Barquentine-rigged
Speed: 13 kn (24 km/h)
Range: 2,500 nmi (4,600 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h)[1]
Complement: 76
  • 6 × 4-inch/25-pounder QF guns
  • 2 × 3-pounder QF guns
  • 2 × machine guns
For other ships of the same name, see HMS Thrush.

HMS Thrush was a Redbreast-class[1] composite gunboat,[2] the third ship of the name to serve in the Royal Navy.


The Redbreast-class were designed by Sir William Henry White, the Royal Navy Director of Naval Construction in 1888.[1]


Thrush was launched on 22 June 1889 at Greenock.[3] Her triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine was built by the Greenock Foundry, and developed 1,200 indicated horsepower (890 kW), sufficient to propel her at 13 kn (24 km/h) through her single screw.


Her first station was the North America and West Indies Station based in Halifax where, in 1891, she was commanded by HRH Prince George, later to become King George V of the United Kingdom.[2] In 1896 Thrush, along with Sparrow, played a part in the 40 minute Anglo-Zanzibar War.[4] She was also on active service during the Second Boer War between October 1899 and June 1902 where she was commanded by Lieutenant W H D'Oyly.[5]

From 1906 Thrush worked for HM Coastguard before becoming a cable ship in 1915.[3] She then became a salvage ship in 1916 before being wrecked off Glenarm in Northern Ireland on 11 April 1917.[3]