H.M.S. Gannet (1878)

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H.M.S. Gannet (1878)
Builder: Sheerness Royal Dockyard[1]
Launched: 31 Aug, 1878[2]
H.M.S. Gannet was one of nine Doterel Class composite screw sloops completed for the Royal Navy. She was renamed H.M.S. President in the early 1900s. A river gunboat by the same name was launched in 1927.


Commissioned at Sheerness on 3 September, 1885.[3]

Re-commissioned at Malta on 10 November, 1888.[4]

In early 1895, Dryad relieved Gannet in the Mediterranean, which returned to Englad to be taken out of service.[5]

The vessel was restored in 1987 to her 1888 appearance. She resides at Chatham Historic Dockyard.


See Also


  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 57.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 57.
  3. The Navy List. (September, 1885). p. 212.
  4. The Navy List. (April, 1891). p. 222.
  5. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, January 5, 1895, Issue 34466, p.10.
  6. The Navy List. (December, 1881). p. 213.
  7. The Navy List. (February, 1888). p. 209.
  8. The Navy List. (April, 1891). p. 222.
  9. Fegen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 445.


Doterel Class Composite Screw Sloop
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