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HMS Buzzard (1887)

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Name  HMS Buzzard
Laid down  1 May 1886
Construction started  1 May 1886
Tonnage  529,800 kg
Displacement  1.034 million kg
Builder  Sheerness Dockyard
Commissioned  14 April 1888
Launched  10 May 1887
Weight  1,158 tons
Draft  3.81 m
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Cost  Hull £42,500 Machinery £16,200
Fate  Sold for scrap on 6 September 1921

HMS Buzzard was a Nymphe-class composite screw sloop and the fourth ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name.



Developed and constructed for the Royal Navy on a design by William Henry White, Director of Naval Construction, she was launched at Sheerness Dockyard on 10 May 1887.

Foreign service

The Nymphe-class sloops were ideal for service in the far distant outposts of the British Empire, and Buzzard was employed on the North America and West Indies Station. In early April 1902, under the command of Commander L. F. G. Tippinge, she left Bermuda for home waters, calling at Faial Island, before she arrived at Devonport on 20 April. She was paid off at Chatham on 13 May 1902.

Harbour training ship

In 1904 she was converted to a drill ship for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve at Blackfriars, London, and in 1911 Buzzard relieved HMS President (formerly HMS Gannet of 1878) as headquarters ship, being renamed HMS President on 1 April 1911.


As President she served until 23 January 1918, when she was lent to the Marine Society. She was sold to C A Beard for breaking on 6 September 1921, and was later re-sold to Dutch ship breakers.


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