HMS Sapphire (1874)
|Laid down:||17 June 1873|
|Launched:||24 September 1874|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap, 24 September 1892|
|General characteristics (as built)|
|Class and type:||Amethyst-class wooden screw corvette|
|Displacement:||1,934 long tons (1,965 t)|
|Length:||220 ft (67.1 m) (p/p)|
|Beam:||37 ft (11.3 m)|
|Draught:||18 ft (5.5 m)|
|Installed power:||2,364 ihp (1,763 kW)|
|Sail plan:||Ship rig|
|Speed:||13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)|
|Range:||approximately 2,500 nmi (4,600 km; 2,900 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)|
She commenced service on the Australia Station in August 1875. She left the Australia Station in July 1879 and returned to England and was refitted and rearmed. After refit she commissioned for the China Station in 1883 until 1890. She returned to Plymouth and was paid off.
- Bastock, p. 73
- Ballard, G. A. (1937). "British Corvettes of 1875: The Last Wooden class". Mariner's Mirror. Cambridge, UK: Society for Nautical Research. 23 (October): 435–45.
- Bastock, John (1988), Ships on the Australia Station, Child & Associates Publishing Pty Ltd; Frenchs Forest, Australia. ISBN 0-86777-348-0
- Gardiner, Robert, ed. (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860-1905. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-8317-0302-4.
- Winfield, R.; Lyon, D. (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.
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