Fantome class sloop

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HMS Egeria
HMS Egeria
Class overview
Name:Fantome-class sloops
Builders:Pembroke Dock
Blackwall Yard
Chatham Dockyard
Money Wigram & Sons
Operators: Royal Navy
Hull £32,468, machinery £10,414[1]
In commission:1873–1911
General characteristics
Type: Screw composite sloop
Displacement: 940 tons
Length: 160 ft (49 m)
Beam: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Draught: 14 ft (4.3 m)
  • 2-cylinder horizontal compound-expansion steam engine
  • Three cylindrical boilers
  • Single 11 ft (3.4 m) diameter screw
Sail plan: Barque Rigged
Range: 1,000 nmi (1,900 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h)
Complement: 125
  • Two 7-inch (90cwt) MLR
  • Two 64-pounder MLR[1]

The Fantome class was a six-ship class of 4-gun screw composite sloops [2] built for the Royal Navy during 1873 and 1874.



Fantome and her sister ships were constructed of an iron frame sheathed with teak and copper (hence 'composite').


A two-cylinder horizontal compound-expansion steam engine provided by Humphrys, Tennant & Company powered an 11-foot (3.4 m) diameter screw. Steam was provided by three cylindrical boilers working at 60 pounds per square inch (4.1 bar). The indicated horsepower varied between 838 and 1,011 horsepower (754 kW). Daring was fitted with a trunk engine provided by John Penn & Sons.[1]

Sailing Rig

All the ships of the class were provided with a full Barque rig.


The Fantome class carried two 7-inch (180 mm) and two 64-pounder Muzzle Loading Rifles (MLR), all mounted on pivots.


Built at a time of great technological change in naval architecture, these composite sloops were obsolete before they were completed. Nevertheless, they served a useful function on the far-flung stations of the British Empire, including participation in minor wars, such as the Perak War. They were also used for hydrography, and for this reason Egeria was retained until 1911.


Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Fantome Pembroke Dock 26 March 1873 Sold 1889[2][3]
HMS Albatross Chatham Dockyard[1] 24 July 1873 Scrapped 1889[2][4]
HMS Daring Blackwall Yard, London 4 February 1874 Sold 1889[2][5]
HMS Egeria Pembroke Dock 1 November 1873 Sold 1911 [2][6]
HMS Flying Fish Chatham Dockyard[1] 27 November 1873 Sold 1888[2][7]
HMS Sappho Money Wigram & Sons, Blackwall Yard[1] 20 October 1873 Sold 1887[2][8]

See also