H.M.S. Wasp (1880)

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H.M.S. Wasp (1880)
Builder: Barrow Iron Shipbuilding[1]
Launched: 5 Oct, 1880[Citation needed]
Wrecked: 22 Sep, 1884[2]
H.M.S. Wasp was one of 11 gunboats of the Banterer class.

Service

Wasp was commissioned at Devonport on 1 December, 1881.

On 22 September 1884, Wasp ran aground near the lighthouse at Tory Island while setting out to deliver Irish Harbours and FIsheries Commissioners to their stations on the coast of Ireland. The ship was unable to launch boats in the pounding waves, and attempts to raise steam were tardy, as she had been under way on sail only at the time of striking ground. Only six men of sixty-two survived.[3]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 112.
  2. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 13.
  3. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 13.
  4. The Navy List. (July, 1884). p. 252.
  5. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 13.

Bibliography


Banterer Class Gunboat
Pembroke-built
  Redwing Bullfrog Cockchafer  
Barrow Iron Shipbuilding-built
Grappler Wrangler Wasp Banterer Espoir
Samuda Brothers-built
  Starling Stork Raven  
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