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HMS Investigator (1861)

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Name  HMS Investigator
Laid down  15 June 1861
Tons burthen  149 tons
Launched  16 November 1861
Draft  2.26 m
Builder  Deptford Dockyard
Class and type  Paddle survey vessel
Construction started  15 June 1861
Length  37 m
Fate  Sold to the local authorities at Lagos in 1869

HMS Investigator was a wooden paddle survey vessel of the Royal Navy, built to carry out an expedition on the Gabon River in Africa.

Investigator was laid down on 15 June 1861 at Deptford and was launched on 16 November 1861. She was initially commanded by Lieutenant Benjamin Langlois Lefroy off the west coast of Africa. On 1 September 1863, Lieutenant Commander William Digby Dolben of Investigator drowned while crossing the bar of Lagos when the gig, a four-oar whaler, was swamped. He was succeeded by George Truman Morrell in 1865, under whose command she sailed up the River Niger, making contact with local tribes. Investigator was sold to the local authorities at Lagos in 1869.


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