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Re: HMS RESEARCH
Posted by: David H ()
Date: March 09, 2008 11:59AM

RESEARCH was built at Chatham, being launched 4 December 1888 and commissioned 24 April 1889. Measured 520 tons 155 feet x 24 feet. 450 hp steam engine driving paddles - use of paddle propulsion was rather unusual at this time, it was chosen because it gave greater manoeuverability. She was armed with one small gun, a 6 pdr.

Between 1889 and 1912 she was employed surveying coastal waters around the UK. She seems to have usually been laid up at Portsmouth between November and March, and then surveying April to October.

She certainly surveyed Scottish waters - the 1892 season was spent on the west coast of Scotland and northern Ireland; 1894 to 1896 surveys of Orkney and Shetland; 1897, 1898 & again 1899 she is shown surveying north and then eastern Scotland. She seems to have returned to Scottish waters in 1906 and 1907 when she is again shown surveying the west coast of Scotland.

In 1915 she was stationed at Portland to be used as a depot ship for locally employed armed trawlers. She remained there through WW1 until paid off August 1919.
She was sold in July 1920 to be broken up for scrap.

I haven't located a picture of her on the net, but the National Maritime Museum catalogue shows they have several images of her

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