HMS Rover (1874)
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Builder:||Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company, Leamouth, London|
|Launched:||12 August 1874|
|Completed:||By 21 September 1875|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap in 1893|
|Class and type:||Iron screw corvette|
|Length:||208 ft (63.4 m) pp|
|Beam:||43 ft 6 in (13.3 m)|
17 ft 6 in (5.33 m) (forward)|
22 ft 7 in (6.88 m) (aft)
|Depth of hold:||23 ft (7.01 m)|
3-cyl. horizontal compound expansion|
10 cylindrical boilers
Single (hoisting) screw
14.5 knots (27 km/h)|
Under sail 11 knots (20 km/h)
|Range:||1,840 miles 10 knots (19 km/h) with 420 tons of coal|
Design and construction
Rover was the result of an 1872 design by Edward James Reed, she was laid down at the yards of the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company at Leamouth in 1872. As designed, she had a single layer of oak, with zinc sheathing. Crewed by 315 men, her armament initially consisted of two 7in/112pdr (4½-ton) MLR guns on slides at the bow and stern with sixteen 6.3in/64pdr (63cwt) MLR guns on broadside trucks. When rearmed between 1879 and 1880, after her first commission, she was fitted with fourteen 6in/80pdr (81cwt) BLs, twelve of them slide-mounted on the sides; one bow and one stern chaser were also fitted; 8 machineguns, one light gun and two 14in torpedo chutes. Rover was fitted with a 3-cylinder horizontal compound expansion engine, driving a single hoisting screw and fired by 10 cylindrical boilers. With 4,964 ihp she was capable of 14.5 knots (27 km/h) under steam, and 11 knots (20 km/h) under sail. She could carry 420 tons of coal, giving her a range under steam of 1,840 miles at 10 knots (19 km/h)s.
Rover spent nearly twenty years in the navy, being sold for scrap in 1893. Among the men who had served aboard her during this time was the explorer Robert Falcon Scott, who spent nine months aboard Rover starting in late 1886.
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