H.M.S. Goshawk (1872)

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H.M.S. Goshawk (1872)
Builder: Pembroke Royal Dockyard[1]
Launched: 23 Jan, 1872[Citation needed]
Sold: 1906[2]
H.M.S. Goshawk was one of nine Ariel Class composite gunboats completed for the Royal Navy.

Service

Goshawk returned to Queenstown on 2 November 1878 after an unsuccessful search for survivors of the wreck of the Fanny.[3] This ship, or the fact that she had gone missing on a trip to Greenock, was a fiction created as a ruse by Navigating Sub-Lieutenant James Calrow Coyte, who was arrested in April, 1879 for twice causing his ship to sortie – once in pursuit of the reportedly overdue ship, and later setting out for Vigo, though she stopped at France and came back – on supposed Admiralty instruction on the basis of fake telegram orders Coyte had mailed to Cork from Queenstown.[4] Coyte was dismissed the service by Court Martial on 5 May, 1879.[5]

She was relieved on the Irish coast by Wasp in July, 1881. Her crew went over to Wasp, and she returned to Devonport.[6]

Commissioned at Sheerness on 22 November, 1883.[7]

Re-commissioned at Gibraltar on 21 April, 1890.[8]

Captains

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 111.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 111.
  3. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Nov 06, 1878; pg. 5; Issue 29405.
  4. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Apr 10, 1879; pg. 5; Issue 29538.
  5. Coyte Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/77/957. f. ?.
  6. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Jul 19, 1881; pg. 7; Issue 30250.
  7. The Navy List. (September, 1885). p. 213.
  8. The Navy List. (April, 1891). p. 223.
  9. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Monday, Jan 17, 1881; pg. 8; Issue 30093. Name given here as "Lucking", but subsequent stories get it right.
  10. The Navy List. (September, 1885). p. 213.
  11. The Navy List. (February, 1888). p. 210.
  12. The Navy List. (April, 1891). p. 223.
  13. The Navy List. (March, 1892). p. 223.

Bibliography


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