H.M.S. Bonetta (1871)

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H.M.S. Bonetta (1871)
Builder: Rennie
Launched: 20 May, 1871[1]
Sold: 12 January, 1909[2]
H.M.S. Bonetta was one of twenty-four gunboats of the Ant class. She was sold before the First World War.


In 1903 she was serving as a tender to Defiance at Devonport.[3]

In July 1908 she was detailed to assist in efforts to salvage the wrecked second class protected cruiser Gladiator.[4]

She was sold out of service on 21 January, 1909 and became the civilian salvage vessel Disperser. She was lost off Whitby on 8 February, 1934 during a gale while being towed by the tugboat Trover with the loss of one member of the crew from injuries.[5][6]


Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also


  1. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 281.
  2. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 281.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1904). pp. 286, 300.
  4. The Navy List. (July, 1908). p. 407.
  6. Lyon and Winfield, p. 281, mistakenly list her as being lost in April 1940, confusing the erstwhile Bonetta with a later salvage vessel also named Disperser. For the later vessel see Cromarty Image Library - Loss of the Disperser
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1904). p. 286.
  8. The Navy List. (July, 1908). p. 395a.
  9. Bumpus Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/35/219. f. 588


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