HMS Kingfisher (1879)

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HMS Kingfisher
HMS Kingfisher
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Kingfisher
Builder: Sheerness Royal Dockyard
Cost: Hull £39,300, machinery £11,850[1]
Laid down: 23 September 1878
Launched: 16 December 1879
Commissioned: 17 August 1880
Fate: Training ship 1892
Renamed Lark
Renamed Cruizer 1893
Sold 1919[1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Doterel-class screw composite sloop[1]
Displacement: 1,130 tons[2]
Length: 170 ft (52 m)[2]
Beam: 36 ft (11 m)[2]
Draught: 15 ft 9 in (4.80 m)[1]
Installed power: 1,090 indicated horsepower
  • Two-cylinder horizontal compound-expansion steam engine
  • Three cylindrical boilers
  • Single 13 ft 1 in (3.99 m) screw
Sail plan: Barque rigged
Speed: 11.6 kn (21.5 km/h)[1]
Range: 1,480 nmi (2,740 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h)[1]
Complement: 140
  • Two 7-inch (90cwt) muzzle-loading rifled guns
  • Four 64-pound guns
  • Four machine guns
  • One light gun

HMS Kingfisher was a screw sloop of the Royal Navy. She was a 1,130 ton training ship, built at Sheerness Dockyard and launched on 16 December 1879. She was renamed HMS Lark on 10 November 1892, and then HMS Cruizer on 18 May 1893. She was sold in 1919.


The Doterel class were a development of the Osprey-class sloops and were of composite construction, with wooden hulls over an iron frame. The original 1874 design by the Chief Constructor, William Henry White was revised in 1877 by Sir Nathaniel Barnaby and nine were ordered. Of 1,130 tons displacement and approximately 1,100 indicated horsepower, they were capable of approximately 11 knots and were armed with two 7" muzzle loading rifled guns on pivoting mounts, and four 64-pound guns (two on pivoting mounts, and two broadside). They had a crew complement of approximately 140 men.


Kingfisher was laid down at Sheerness Royal Dockyard in 1878 and launched on 16 December 1879.[1] She was commissioned on 17 August 1880,[1] and was classified as both a sloop of war and as a colonial cruiser. She was capable of attaining nearly 12 knots under full steam or 15 knots under sail.


The primary purpose of ships of the Kingfisher's class was to maintain British naval dominance through trade protection, anti-slavery, and long term surveying.

Anti slavery in the East Indies

Kingfisher served on the East Indies and Pacific Stations. She re-commissioned at Bombay on 8 Apr 1888.[3] Much of her time was spent conducting anti-slavery patrols out of Zanzibar.

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The Pacific Squadron. Trying rate of sailings, H.M.S. Kingfisher and Mutine coming in to windward of Flag Ship, 9 January 1884

Training ship

She was re-classified as a training ship on 10 November 1892, being renamed HMS Lark.[1] She was re-named HMS Cruizer on 18 May 1893.[1]


Kingfisher was sold in 1919.[1]