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HMS Eclipse (1867)

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TypeSloop (1876: Corvette)   
Launched14 November 1867   
HullWooden Length212 feet
PropulsionScrew Men180
Builders measure1276 tons   
Displacement1760 tons   
Fate1921 Last in commission1883
Ships bookADM 135/147   
14 November 1867Launched at Sheerness Dockyard (laid down as Sappho).
2 June 1868
- 27 August 1868
Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness) by Captain Lewis James Moore, Sheerness (until dismissed the ship by Court-martial "for suffering the ship to ground off Heligoland on the 22d of July, to the hazard of the same ship")
30 August 1868
- July 1869
Commanded by Captain Henry Harvey, North America and West Indies (until he died of yellow fever, together with the first Lieutenant and 16 members of the crew)
10 August 1869
- 23 November 1872
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain Anthony Hiley Hoskins, North America and West Indies
19 November 1873
- 18 January 1878
Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain James Elphinstone Erskine. North America and West Indies
1 January 1880Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness) by Captain Charles Compton Rising, East Indies
March 1882
- 25 September 1883
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain Edmund St John Garforth, East Indies
- 1892
Lent to War Department.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Ma 1 May 1871The following is a brief account of the proceedings of Rear-Admiral Beauchamp Seymour's Flying Squadron since the last communication from the ships. Our letters are dated the 9th inst. [i.e. 9th April] from Jamaica : -"We remained a fortnight at Barbados, during which time the Governor and the town gave two balls in our honour, both being most successful. At Trinidad we stayed ten days, and from there have visited the islands of Grenada, St. Vincent, and St. Lucia, leaving the latter on the 30th, and arriving here yesterday. From St. Vincent to St. Lucia the squadron had a trial of rate of sailing. Getting all into one line when we had got an offing of the former island, the Admiral made the signal, 'Race to Castries, St. Lucia.' which was a dead heat [sic: should presumably be "dead beat"]. We started at 6 p.m. on the 27th and arrived in the following order on the 28th :- Volage, 12 50 p.m.; Narcissus, 2 50 p.m.; Pylades, 5 35 p.m.; Immortalité, 7 50 p.m.; Cadmus, 10 p.m. So the Volage has proved herself the best ship in sailing to windward, for she also beat the fleet in a two hours' trial we had between Grenada and St. Vincent. We met the Eclipse at St. Vincent on the 25th taking the Governor of Barbadoes round the islands. She was to return from there. The ships in port here are Myrmidon, Sphinx, Lapwing, and Britomart. We remain till the 20th, leaving for Havannah and Bermuda."- Army and Navy Gazette.

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