HMS Sepoy (1856)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Sepoy
Ordered: 4 October 1855
Builder: T & W Smith, North Shields
Cost: £10,725[1]
Laid down: 8 October 1855
Launched: 13 February 1856
Commissioned: 5 April 1856[1]
Fate: Broken up 1868[1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Albacore class gunboat of 1855
Displacement: 284 tons
Length: 106 ft (32 m)
Beam: 93.2 ft (28.4 m)
Draught: 6.5 ft (2.0 m)[1]
Propulsion: Horizontal single expansion, direct-acting steam engine
Three cylindrical boilers
Single screw[1]
Speed: 7.5 kn (13.9 km/h)
Complement: 36 - 40
  • One 68-pounder 95 cwt muzzle-loading smooth-bore gun aft
  • One 32 pounder muzzle-loading smooth-bore gun fwd
  • Two 24 pounder howitzers on broadside trucks[1]

HMS Sepoy was a 4-gun Albacore-class gunboat of the Royal Navy launched in 1856 and broken up in 1868.


The Albacore class was ordered to meet the sudden need for shallow-draft vessels in the Black Sea and Baltic Sea during the Crimean War. Many of them were built of unseasoned timber, and their lives were consequently short. Sepoy was launched on 13 February 1856 at the North Shields yard of T & W Smith, and commissioned seven weeks later under Lieutenant-in-command Henry Needham Knox.[2]


According to The Times of 12 March 1856, the gunboats Sepoy and Erne left the Tyne in tow of the Cock-o'-the-North, for Woolwich.[3] She was present at the Fleet Review, Spithead on 23 April the same year, as part of the White Squadron,[4] and paid off at Sheerness on 28 May 1856.[2]

In company with HM gunboats Bullfrog, Carnation and Spanker, from the 1st Division of Steam Reserve at Sheerness, she went to Gravesend on 5 March 1863 to take on board the RN Volunteers of the London division. They were embarked to fire a Royal salute on the arrival of the Princess Alexandra.[5]


Sepoy was broken up in 1868.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Winfield, Rif; Lyon, David (2003). The Sail and Steam Navy List, 1815-1889. Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1861760326. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "HMS Sepoy at William Loney website". Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  3. The Times (London), Wednesday, 12 March 1856, p.9
  4. The Times (London), Thursday, 24 April 1856, p.7
  5. The Times (London), Wednesday, 4 March 1863, p.12