Only info I have, from 'Warships of WW1' by Le Fleming:
OLD GUNBOATS (and Sloops)
Of the once huge fleet of Victorian gunboats and sloops which patrolled the Seven Seas, only a handful remained in 1914. Employed in peacetime on distant Stations there duties were not greatly altered by the war.
With cruiser sterns the most modern in appearance were: Bramble, Britomart, Dwarf, and Thistle (710 tons, 1898-99). The first two were sold out of service in 1920 (at Bombay) and the other two in 1926.
More traditional in outline were Cadmus, Clio, Espiegle and Odin (1070 tons, 1900-03). These were sold in 1920-21, Cadmus at Hong Kong, and Espiegel at Bombay.
Very Similar were Rinaldo, Rosario, Shearwater and Vestal (980 tons, 1898-1900). All were sold in 1921, Rosario at Hong Kong and Shearwater in Canada. Three more ships of these last two classes were on survey duties in 1914. Fantome was sold at Sydney in 1925, Merlin sold at Hong Kong in 1923, and Mutine which lasted till 1932.
I was hoping to find more info on the Britomart as I was aware of many places in NZ that have streets/suburbs/hills and other prominent features named Britomart. Apparently the Britomart being referred to is a colonial cruiser (sloop) of the 1840's that undertook a lot of survey work around NZ.
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