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HMS Reindeer (1883)

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Name  HMS Reindeer
Beam  32 ft (9.8 m)
Launched  14 November 1883
Weight  985.6 tons
Draft  4.3 m
Laid down  15 January 1883
Construction started  15 January 1883
Length  51 m
Displacement  880,000 kg
Builder  HMNB Devonport
HMS Reindeer (1883)
Class and type  Mariner-class composite screw sloop
Cost  Hull £34,834, Machinery £12,787
Fate  Lent to the Liverpool Salvage Association in 1917 and renamed Reindeer I Sold on 12 July 1924

HMS Reindeer was a Royal Navy Mariner-class composite screw gunvessel of 8 guns.

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Construction

Designed by Nathaniel Barnaby, the Royal Navy Director of Naval Construction, her hull was of composite construction; that is, iron keel, frames, stem and stern posts with wooden planking. She was fitted with a 2-cylinder horizontal compound expansion steam engine driving a single screw, produced by Hawthorn Leslie. She was rigged with three masts, with square rig on the fore- and main-masts, making her a barque-rigged vessel. Her keel was laid at Devonport Royal Dockyard on 15 January 1883 and she was launched on 14 November 1883. Her entire class were re-classified in November 1884 as sloops before they entered service.

Career

She was converted to a boom defence vessel in 1904. During World War I, she collided with the Royal Navy stores carrier HMS Immingham in the Mediterranean Sea on 6 June 1915, sinking Immingham. She was lent to the Liverpool Salvage Association as a salvage vessel in 1917. Re-engined in 1918 by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company with a 2,100 horsepower (1,566 kW) engine, she was renamed Reindeer I and sold to the Halifax Shipyard Ltd as a salvage ship on 12 July 1924. She was abandoned at sea on 12 March 1932. Her 30 crew were rescued by the ocean liner Montcalm.

References

HMS Reindeer (1883) Wikipedia


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