The last seagoing ship in the Royal Navy to have been built with a figurehead.
It is HMS CADMUS, launched at Sheerness in 1903 and classed as a steam sloop.
She was sold in 1921 to a Hong Kong breakers yard and was the fourth ship to bear that name. A fifth ship, an Algerine class Minesweeper, saw service from 1942 until she was sold to Brazil: it was scrapped in 1960. This Cadmus never came home from beginning to end. After her commissioning she was assigned to the Australian Squadron where she stayed until 1905. At that time she was ordered to join to China Station Fleet.
HMS Cadmus was in Singapore during the Singapore Mutiny of 1915 when Indian and Malaya soldiers ran amok in a killing spree and tried to release German POW's in captivity. Collectively, there was nearly a thousand mutineers and many were executed by firing squad, and at one stage 22 mutineers were executed by a firing squad having no less than 110 members. The crew of Cadmus, members of the French and Japanese navies and many others, mainly civilians but also loyal foreign troops, entered on the British side and the mutiny was put down. Those few who were not executed were sent, with the remains of their regiments, to Africa to help clean-up after the Boer War. All mutineers were accounted for, the last few, by head-hunters commissioned by the British Government.
This file I sourced at the National Archives but in this case, the file is just part of the HMS Cadmus story so I will not divulge its contents, save to say it is a War Office file which covers the naval action which was secondary to the army's action. Some of the mutineers swam the Strait of Johore to escape into Malaya but the Sultan of Johore was loyal to Britain and ordered his troops to seek out these escapees. Some of the Sultan's troops were killed in the action and this file is all about the British Army's compensation to the Sultan for the loss of his troops. Only one sailor from the Cadmus died in the put down.