HMS Reindeer (1883)

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HMS Racer
HMS Racer, sister ship to HMS Reindeer
Career (United Kingdom)
Class and type: Mariner-class composite screw sloop
Name: HMS Reindeer
Builder: Devonport Dockyard
Cost: Hull: £34,834, Machinery: £12,787[1]
Laid down: 15 January 1883[1]
Launched: 14 November 1883
Fate: Lent to the Liverpool Salvage Association in 1917 and renamed Reindeer I
Sold on 12 July 1924
General characteristics
Displacement: 970 tons
Length: 167 ft (51 m)
Beam: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Draught: 14 ft (4.3 m)[1]
Installed power: 850 hp (634 kW)
Propulsion: 2-cylinder horizontal compound expansion steam engine
Single screw[1]
Sail plan: Barque-rigged
Range: Approximately 2,100 nmi (3,900 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h)[1]
Complement: 126
  • 8 x 5in 38cwt Breech Loaders
  • 1 light gun
  • 8 Machine guns[1]

HMS Reindeer was a Royal Navy Mariner-class composite screw gunvessel of 8 guns.[2]


Designed by Nathaniel Barnaby[1], the Royal Navy Director of Naval Construction, her hull was of composite construction; that is, iron keel, frames, stem and stern posts with wooden planking. She was fitted with a 2-cylinder horizontal compound expansion steam engine driving a single screw, produced by Hawthorn Leslie. She was rigged with three masts, with square rig on the fore- and main-masts, making her a barque-rigged vessel. Her keel was laid at Devonport Royal Dockyard on 15 January 1883 and she was launched on 14 November 1883. Her entire class were re-classified in November 1884 as sloops before they entered service.


She was converted to a boom defence vessel in 1904, and was lent to the Liverpool Salvage Association as a salvage vessel in 1917. Re-engined in 1918 by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company with a 2,100 horsepower (1,566 kW) engine,[3] she was renamed Reindeer I and sold to the Halifax Shipyard Ltd as a salvage ship on 12 July 1924. She was abandoned at sea in March 1932.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Winfield, Rif; Lyon, David (2003). The Sail and Steam Navy List, 1815-1889. Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1861760326. 
  2. "Cruisers at battleships-cruisers website". Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  3. Moore, John E (Editor) (1990). Janes fighting ships of World War I. Studio Editions. pp. p.91. ISBN 1-85170-378-0.