HMS Thrush (1889)
HMS Thrush, First Class gunboat by W. Fred Mitchell
|Launched:||22 June 1889|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Redbreast-class first-class gunvessel|
|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)|
|Speed:||13 kn (24 km/h)|
|Range:||2,500 nmi (4,600 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h)|
Thrush was launched on 22 June 1889 at Greenock. 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. In 1896 Thrush, along with Sparrow, played a part in the 40 minute Anglo-Zanzibar War. She was also on active service during the Second Boer War between October 1899 and June 1902 where she was commanded by Lieutenant Warren Hastings D'Oyly. Lieutenant Hector Lloyd Watts-Jones was appointed in command on 5 July 1902.
- Patience, Kevin (1994), Zanzibar and the Shortest War in History, Bahrain: Kevin Patience
- 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.