HMS Sapphire (1874)

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Name: HMS Sapphire
Namesake: Sapphire
Builder: Devonport Dockyard
Cost: £78,297
Laid down: 17 June 1873
Launched: 24 September 1874
Completed: August 1875
Fate: Sold for scrap, 24 September 1892
General characteristics (as built)
Class and type: Amethyst-class wooden screw corvette
Tonnage: 1,405 bm
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)
Complement: 225

HMS Sapphire was an Amethyst-class corvette built for the Royal Navy at Devonport Dockyard and launched on 24 September 1874.[1]

She commenced service on the Australia Station in August 1875.[1] 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.[1]

Looking forward from the poop deck, circa. 1878


She was sold on 24 September 1892 to G. Cohen.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Bastock, p. 73


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  • 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.
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