H.M.S. Mastiff (1871)

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H.M.S. Mastiff (1871)
Builder: Armstrong, Whitworth & Company[1]
Launched: 4 Apr, 1871[2]
Sold: 28 Nov, 1931[3]
H.M.S. Mastiff was one of six Ant class gunboats completed for the Royal Navy.


In April, 1890, Mastiff was at Portsmouth, as a tender to the gunnery training school H.M.S. Excellent under Gunner James Benjamin Manners, though he is not expressly noted as being "in Command".

Mastiff would spend most of her career at Portsmouth as a tender to Excellent.[4][5]

She was renamed Snapper in early 1914 to clear her original name for a new destroyer, and was on the Sale List by early 1915.[6] However, in May 1919, Snapper was still among 33 obsolete ships awaiting sale.[7]


Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also


  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 105.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 105.
  3. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 105.
  4. The Navy List. (April, 1891). p. 234.
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1907). p. 408.
  6. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 410-17.
  7. The Navy List. (May, 1919). pp. 1105, 1105b.


Ant Class Gunboat
Ant Class
Ant Arrow Badger Blazer Bloodhound
Bonetta Bulldog Bustard Comet Cuckoo
Fidget Hyaena Kite Mastiff Pickle
Pike Scourge Snake Snap Weazel
Gadfly Class
  Gadfly Griper Pincher Tickler  
<– H.M.S. Plucky Small Fry (UK) Ariel Class –>
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