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Spanker, 1889
Type: Torpedo Gun Boat ; late Gun Boat First Class ; Armament 2 x 4.7 " ; 4 x 3 pdr ; 5 x TT
Launched : 27 Feb 1889 ; Disposal date or year : 1920
Disposal Details : Sold for scrap
BM: tons ; Displacement: 735 tons
Propulsion: Twin screw Complement: 91
Machinery notes: 2,500 ND ; 3,500 FD ; Speed ; 19 knots ;
Notes:
1890 Devonport. Officers borne in "Indus"
26 Jun 1897 Present at the Naval Review at Spithead in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.
29 May 1900 HMS Spanker passed Prawle Point this morning, bound east.
27 Jun 1900 Portsmouth. Orders received for vessels to be specially commissioned for a naval mobilization to take place on Tuesday, July 10th - see Colossus for details.
1908 Converted to a minesweeper
15 Apr 1913 Recommissioned at Portsmouth
1919 GunBoat: 1st Class - ex-Torpedo Gunboat. Disposal List,
Aug 1914 North Sea Fisheries. Tender to Halcyon.
Aug 1914 Under the orders of the Admiral Commanding Coast Guard and Reserves.
1919 Note.-Similar vessels, Circe, Gossamer, Speedwell, Skipjack, Spanker, Seda, are on Disposal List, 1919. Halcyon on Sale List.