SMS Möwe was a gunboat of the Kaiserliche Marine launched on 13 May 1879 and commissioned on 31 May 1880.
Throughout the 1880s, SMS Möwe served primarly in home waters and in Africa. She transported Gustav Nachtigal to West Africa, where he negotiated the treaties that would lead to the founding of German Togo, Kamerun, and German Southwest Africa. In 1889, she participated in the suppression of the Abushiri revolt in German East Africa.
In 1895, SMS Möwe was converted to a survey ship, and it was in this role that she would see extended service in German New Guinea. From 1895 to 1905, she surveyed the coasts and waters of German New Guinea.
In 1905, she was decommissioned and used as a hulk in Tsingtau, before finally being sold in 1910.