HMS Daring (1874)

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HMS Daring's sister ship, HMS Egeria
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Daring
Builder: Blackwall Yard, London
Launched: 4 February 1874[1]
Decommissioned: 1889
Fate: Sold in 1889 for breaking
General characteristics
Class and type: Screw Composite Sloop
Tons burthen: 940 tons
Length: 160 ft (49 m)
Beam: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Draught: 14 ft (4.3 m)
  • Steam trunk engine
  • Three cylindrical boilers
  • Single 11 ft (3.4 m) diameter screw[2]
Sail plan: Barque Rigged
  • Two 7-inch (90cwt) MLR
  • Two 64-pounder MLR[2]

HMS Daring was a 4-gun Fantome-class sloop of the Royal Navy.


Daring was constructed of an iron frame sheathed with teak and copper (hence 'composite'), and powered by a trunk engine provided by John Penn & Sons.[2] She was fitted with a full barque rig of sails.


Daring served on the Pacific and China Stations, working some of the time for the Canadian Government, including conducting hydrography, for which the Canadian Government bore half the cost[3]. In Spring 1861 she carried Joseph Howe (the Provincial Secretary at the time) to the mouth of the Tangier River in Halifax County, Nova Scotia. There he arranged to have law and order restored by carving the gold diggings into appropriately sized lots, and offering them for rental for $40.[4] In 1877 Commander John Hammer RN made a sketch survey of the Skeena River entrance from Daring.[3] She was sold to a Mr J Cohen in 1889 and broken up.


Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: the complete record of all fighting ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham. ISBN 9781861762818. OCLC 67375475. 

  1. "Naval Sloops at". Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Winfield, Rif; Lyon, David (2003). The Sail and Steam Navy List, 1815-1889. Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1861760326. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "British Columbia Archives". Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  4. Joseph Howe: The Briton Becomes Canadian, 1848-1873, J Murray Beck, ISBN 0773504478, p149