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HMS Daring (1874)

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Name  HMS Daring
Completed  September 1874
Class and type  Fantome-class sloop
Launched  4 February 1874
Builder  Blackwall Yard
Laid down  1872
Decommissioned  1889
Construction started  1872
Draft  4.3 m
HMS Daring (1874)
Fate  Sold for scrap, August 1889

HMS Daring was a 4-gun Fantome-class sloop of the Royal Navy. She was launched in 1874 and sold for breaking in 1889 after serving most of her career in the Pacific.

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Construction

Daring was constructed of an iron frame sheathed with teak and copper (hence 'composite'), and powered by a trunk engine provided by John Penn & Sons. She was fitted with a full barque rig of sails.

History

Daring served on the Pacific and China Stations, working some of the time for the Canadian Government, including conducting hydrography, for which the Canadian Government bore half the cost. In Spring 1861 she carried Joseph Howe (the Provincial Secretary at the time) to the mouth of the Tangier River in Halifax County, Nova Scotia. There he arranged to have law and order restored by carving the gold diggings into appropriately sized lots, and offering them for rental for $40. In 1877 Commander John Hammer made a sketch survey of the Skeena River entrance from Daring.

Fate

She was sold to a Mr J Cohen in 1889 and broken up.

References

HMS Daring (1874) Wikipedia


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