HMS Sepoy was a 4-gun Albacore-class gunboat of the Royal Navy launched in 1856 and broken up in 1868.
class was ordered to meet the sudden need for shallow-draft vessels in the Black Sea and Baltic Sea during the Crimean War
. Many of them were built of unseasoned timber, and their lives were consequently short. Sepoy
was launched on 13 February 1856 at the North Shields
yard of T & W Smith, and commissioned seven weeks later under Lieutenant-in-command Henry Needham Knox.
According to The Times
of 12 March 1856, the gunboats Sepoy
left the Tyne
in tow of the Cock-o'-the-North
, for Woolwich
.The Times (London)
, Wednesday, 12 March 1856, p.9 She was present at the Fleet Review
, Spithead on 23 April the same year, as part of the White Squadron,The Times (London)
, Thursday, 24 April 1856, p.7
In company with HM gunboats Bullfrog
, from the 1st Division of Steam Reserve at Sheerness, she went to Gravesend on 5 March 1863 to take on board the RN Volunteers of the London division. They were embarked to fire a Royal salute on the arrival of the Princess Alexandra.The Times (London)
, Wednesday, 4 March 1863, p.12
was broken up in 1868.