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Type: Composite Gunboat ; Armament 2 x 64pdr MLR and 2 x 20pdr BL
Launched : 12 Oct 1871 ; Disposal date or year : 1885
Disposal Details : sold at Malta
BM: 295 tons ; Displacement: 430 tons
Propulsion: Screw Complement: 60
Machinery notes: 459 h.p.i. 60 h.p. ; Speed ; 9.5 - 10.5 knots ;
21 Nov 1873 at Cape Coast Castle during the Ashanti War.
24 Jan 1874 cruising off the River Volta and the Coast with the Amethyst.
10 Sep 1878 Commissioned at Devonport.
1879 Cape of Good Hope and West Coast of Africa.
Decoy's crew served as part of the Naval Brigade in operations on the Gold Coast as part of the Ashantee campaign of 1874. The ship also was present at the bombardment of Alexandria in 1882 and helped blockade the Nile in 1883. Her crew were involved in the campaigns in Egypt and Sudan 1884/5.