HMS Spartan (1868)
HMS Spartan (1868)


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NameSpartanExplanation
TypeSloop (1876: Corvette)   
Launched14 November 1868   
HullWooden Length212 feet
PropulsionScrew Men180
Builders measure1269 tons   
Displacement1755 tons   
Guns6   
Fate1882 Last in commission1880
ClassEclipse Class (as screw)Eclipse
Ships bookADM 135/442   
Career
DateEvent
14 November 1868Launched at Deptford Dockyard.
31 July 1871
- 23 September 1872
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Commander Charles Fenton Fletcher Boughey, West Indies (until Boughey superceded at his own request)
23 September 1872
- 17 March 1874
Commanded by Commander Joseph Samuel Hudson, West Indies
17 March 1874
- 3 July 1875
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain Richard Carter, West Indies
15 June 1876
- 17 July 1876
Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness) by Captain Hawksworth Fawkes, en route for the East Indies (until Fawkes died off Vigo, wherupon the vessel returned to Portsmouth)
20 July 1876
- 18 August 1880
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain Richard Edward Tracey, East Indies
7 November 1882Sold to Castle for breaking up at Charlton.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Ma 12 July 1880It is proposed to pay off and lay up, after repair, at Devonport, during the present year the Achilles and Agincourt, now with the Channel Squadron, the Condor and Flamingo, now in the Mediterranean, but commissioned for special service in the Black Sea, the Wild Swan, from the East Indies, and the Modeste, Swinger, Sylvia, Hornet, and Midge from the China station. The two latter will pay off at Hongkong and be navigated home by a supernumerary crew is consequence of the majority of their officers and men having volunteered for other service upon the station. The Wivern will also pay off at Hongkong, but will remain as reserve drill ship upon that station. The Devonport reserve contingent will also be strengthened by the return of the Forward from the south-east coast of America, the Griffon from North America and the West Indies, and the Pelican, Penguin, and Shannon from the Pacific. Portsmouth will receive the Minotaur from the Mediterranean, and will be intrusted with her alteration and repair, for which £100,000 will be required, the Swallow and the Elk from the south-east coast of America, the Plover from North America, and the Hector, now Coastguard ship at Southampton. The Fawn, surveying vessel in the Sea of Marmora, having made a fairly accurate sketch of the bed of that sea during the three years she has been engaged on that duty, will return to Chatham to pay off and lay up, as also will the Téméraire from the Mediterranean, and the Tourmaline from the North American coast. Sheerness will have the repairing and charge of the Helicon from the Mediterranean, the Blanche from North America and the West Indies, the Osprey from the Pacific, and the Ruby, Spartan, and Vulture from the East Indies. During the year the Enchantress, the Orontes, the Jackal, the Orwell, and the Foxhound are to be re-commissioned, the latter at Hongkong.
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