|HMS Sepoy (1856)|
Sepoy's sister ship, Raven
|Ordered:||4 October 1855|
|Builder:||T & W Smith, North Shields|
|Laid down:||8 October 1855|
|Launched:||13 February 1856|
|Commissioned:||5 April 1856|
|Fate:||Broken up 1868|
|Class & type:||Albacore-class gunboat of 1855|
|Tons burthen:||232 68/94 bm|
106 ft (32 m) (gundeck)|
93 ft 2 1⁄2 in (28.410 m) (keel)
|Beam:||22 ft 0 in (6.7 m)|
|Draught:||6 ft 6 in (2.0 m)|
|Depth of hold:||8 ft (2.4 m)|
|Speed:||7 1⁄2 kn (13.9 km/h)|
|Complement:||36 - 40|
Construction[edit | edit source]
The Albacore class was ordered to meet the sudden need for shallow-draft vessels in the Black Sea and Baltic Sea during the Crimean War. Many of them were built of unseasoned timber, and their lives were consequently short. Sepoy was launched on 13 February 1856 at the North Shields yard of T & W Smith, and commissioned seven weeks later under Lieutenant-in-command Henry Needham Knox.
Career[edit | edit source]
According to The Times of 12 March 1856, the gunboats Sepoy and Erne left the Tyne in tow of the Cock-o'-the-North, for Woolwich. She was present at the Fleet Review, Spithead on 23 April the same year, as part of the White Squadron, and paid off at Sheerness on 28 May 1856.
In company with HM gunboats Bullfrog, Carnation and Spanker, from the 1st Division of Steam Reserve at Sheerness, she went to Gravesend on 5 March 1863 to take on board the RN Volunteers of the London division. They were embarked to fire a Royal salute on the arrival of the Princess Alexandra.
Disposal[edit | edit source]
Sepoy was broken up in 1868.
References[edit | edit source]
- Winfield, Rif; Lyon, David (2004). The Sail and Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815–1889. London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-032-6. OCLC 52620555.
- "HMS Sepoy at William Loney website". http://www.pdavis.nl/ShowShip.php?id=2049. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
- The Times (London), Wednesday, 12 March 1856, p.9
- The Times (London), Thursday, 24 April 1856, p.7
- The Times (London), Wednesday, 4 March 1863, p.12
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