Nymphe class sloop

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HMS Nymphe
HMS Nymphe, name ship of the Nymphe-class
Class overview
Name:Nymph class sloops
Operators: Royal Navy
In commission:1885–1921
General characteristics
Type: Screw Composite Sloop
Displacement: 1140 tons [1]
Length: 195 ft (59 m)
Beam: 30 ft (9.1 m)
Draught: 12.1 ft (3.7 m)
Installed power: 1,400 horsepower
Propulsion: Sails and steam
Sail plan: Barquentine Rigged

The Nymphe class was a class of four screw composite sloops [2] built for the Royal Navy between 1885 and 1888. As built they were armed with four 4-inch guns and four 3-pounder guns.[1]


Built to a design by William Henry White, Director of Naval Construction,[3], Nymphe and her sister ships were constructed of an iron frame sheathed with teak and copper (hence 'composite'), and powered by both sails and a steam engine delivering 1,400 horsepower through twin screws.


Although made obsolete by quickly changing naval technology, these sloops were ideal for operations in the far distant outposts of the British Empire in the late 19th century. Swallow served on the South Atlantic Station, Buzzard on the North America and West Indies Station and Nymphe on the Pacific Station. Daphne served on the China Station, and it was in June 1900 that she brought ammunition into Shanghai during the Boxer Rebellion. Nymphe and Buzzard survived until after World War I as harbour training ships.


Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Nymphe Portsmouth Royal Dockyard 1 May 1888 Shore training ship at Sheerness from Aug 1914, later renamed Wildfire[1] and sold in 1920[2]
HMS Buzzard Sheerness Royal Dockyard 10 May 1887 Renamed HMS President on 1 April 1911 and sold on 6 September 1921[2]
HMS Daphne Sheerness Royal Dockyard 29 May 1888 Sold 1904[2]
HMS Swallow Sheerness Royal Dockyard 27 October 1885 Sold 1904[2]
HMS Buzzard at Blackfriars, London in June 1907 as a Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve training ship