HMS Mohawk (1886)

HMS Mohawk was an Archer-class torpedo cruiser of the Royal Navy, built by J. & G. Thompson at Glasgow and launched on 6 February 1886.[1]

HMS Mohawk anchored in Sydney Harbour in 1897.
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Mohawk
Builder: J. & G. Thompson, Glasgow
Laid down: 2 March 1885
Launched: 6 February 1886
Fate: sold to Garnham for breaking up at Chatham on 4 April 1905.
General characteristics
Class and type: Archer-class torpedo cruiser

In 1893, Archer was serving on the North America and West Indies Station when civil disorder broke out on the island of Dominica. A party of Marines and sailors were landed to assist the local police in stopping the rioting. Four rioters were killed and several injured on both sides, including the commanding officer of Mohawk, Commander Edward Henry Bayley, before order was restored.[2]

Mohawk commenced service on the Australia Station in December 1897. During the Boxer Rebellion in China, she escorted the New South Wales Naval Brigade to Peking before commencing service on the China Station.[1] On 24 April 1901 she was paid off into the Fleet Reserve at Chatham.[3]

She returned to England in 1905 and was sold to Garnham for £4850 for breaking up at Chatham on 4 April.[1]

Commanding officers

  • Commander F. H. P. W. Freeman – until April 1901[4]


  1. Bastock, p.108.
  2. Clowes p. 413.
  3. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36439). London. 26 April 1901. p. 10.
  4. "Naval and Military intelligence". The Times (36390). London. 28 February 1901. p. 6.


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