HMS Dwarf (1867)
HMS Dwarf (1867)

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NameDwarf (1867)Explanation
Launched28 November 1867
Builders measure465 tons
Displacement584 tons
Ships bookADM 135/143
Snippets concerning this vessels career
18 July 1871
- December 1874
Commanded (from commissioning at Hong Kong) by Commander Bonham Ward Bax, China
26 May 1874
- 16 January 1877
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Commander Edward Stanley Dawson, China
8 October 1881
- 15 September 1882
Commanded by Commander William Wiseman, south-east coast of America
Extracts from the Times newspaper
We 10 January 1877The Dwarf, 4, double screw composite gun-vessel, Commander the Hon. Edward S. Dawson, was paid off at Portsmouth on Tuesday morning by the Hon. W.C. Carpenter of the Duke of Wellington, and will be placed in the third division of the Steam Reserve. The Dwarf left for China in April, 1868, and was recommissioned at Hongkong on the 18th of July, 1871, by Commander B.W. Bax. In June, 1873, she preceded to Japan, accompanied Vice-Admiral Shadwell in a cruise to Russian Siberia during July, Angus, September of the same year, and convoyed the Commander-in-Chief to Nichlooesk River, Amur. In May and June, 1874, she was employed in observing the movements in the south of Formosa, where a large force of Japanese had landed for the purpose of punishing the savages for murdering the crews of several junks who had been wrecked on the coast. She was next despatched to the Yangtze river, to report on the damage done to salt junks by steamers passing Deer Island. She received her new crew in December, and in the following October she was employed to watch British interests during the excitement produced by the murder of Mr. Margary. After being engaged from November, 1875, to June, 1876, in determining various meridian distances, she left Yokohama on the 30th of June for England, visiting the ports of Hodeidah and Jeddah, in the Red Sea, where she found everything quiet. On the 26th of September, 1876, she fell in with a Nova Scotian bark, the Uamvar, dismasted and perfectly helpless, which she sank, after taking the crew on board, as it was an obstruction to navigation. Commander Dawson succeeded Commander Bax in December, 1874, and during the six years' commission only two deaths occurred, both from drowning.

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