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 Comus Class steel corvettes.  Photographs and history of the steel corvettes of the Comus Class, launched 1878 - 1881, including HMS Comus, HMS Carysfort, HMS Champion, HMS Cleopatra, HMS Conquest, HMS Curacoa, HMS Constance, HMS Canada and HMS Cordelia.

HMS Comus 3rd April 1878 Sold 1904
HMS Carysfort 26th September 1878 Sold 1899
HMS Champion 1st July 1878 Sold 1931
HMS Cleopatra 1st August 1878 Sold 1899
HMS Conquest 28th October 1878 Sold 1904
HMS Curacoa 18th April 1878 Sold 1899
HMS Constance 9th June 1880 Sold 1899
HMS Canada 26th August 1881 Sold 1897
HMS Cordelia 25th October 1881 Sold 1904
HMS Champion

HMS Champion - Name History

The fifth “CHAMPION” is a 14-gun screw corvette, launched at Glasgow in 1878.  She is of 2380 tons, 2300 horse-power, and 13 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 225ft., 44ft., and 19ft. In August 1891 the “Champion,” commanded by Captain Frederick St. Clair, co-operated with some American, French, and German vessels in landing men at Valparaiso in order to protect the consulates during a Chilian revolution.  The officers of the international parties placed themselves in front of the muzzles of some machine guns with which the president-elect had intended to decimate the civilian populace. After some years service in the training squadron the “Champion” became a strokers’ training-ship at Chatham.  

HMS Champion, 1878.

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HMS Cleopatra

HMS Cleopatra on Duty as Senior Officer's Ship off Newfoundland

Here we have an incident of service in the Newfoundland division of the North America Station during the winter months. The ship is the cruiser Cleopatra, at the time a senior officer's ship, looking after the fisheries off Newfoundland, as the swallow-tailed pennant at the fore topmast indicates. At the time, 1896, the Cleopatra was at church, as shown by the pennant below the ensign in the mizzen rigging. The Cleopatra when off Newfoundland was the ship of Captain the Hon. A Curzon-Howe who became flag captain in the flying squadron.

HMS Curacoa

HMS Curacoa, 1878.

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HMS Curacoa, 1891.

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HMS Constance

HMS Constance, 1880.

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HMS Constance.  Showing 64-pounder muzzle-loader guns. No.5 is to the far left of the image.  The Captain is shown to the left of the mast, with the ship's mascot goat in front of him.  W H Anderson is either the sailor standing to the far left, or is standing next to the Captain.

Image contributed by and copyright of James E Anderson.  From his grandfathers collection, who served on the ship at the time. 

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HMS Constance Theatrical Party, Nagasaki, 1886.

Standing from left Able Seaman Brown, unknown, Able Seaman Sutton (head shown only, looking away), Gunner Sims (leaning left), unknown, Able Seaman Cox (in white), Able Seaman Jones, unknown, Able Seaman Harris (wearing top hat), Able Seaman Brown (wearing shawl), and Able Seaman Anderson. Crouching, holding child is Sergeant Parry.

Image contributed by and copyright of James E Anderson.  From his grandfathers collection, who served on the ship at the time. 

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HMS Constance, Port Hamilton, 1888-89.

Image contributed by and copyright of James E Anderson.  From his grandfathers collection, who served on the ship at the time. 

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Gravestone of the former Captain of HMS Constance (Name obscured by chain).

Message reads 'This stone was erected by the Petty Officers and ship's company of the "Constance"'

Image contributed by and copyright of James E Anderson.  From his grandfathers collection, who served on the ship at the time. 

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HMS Constance at Yokohama.  Served in China 1885 - 1889.

Image contributed by and copyright of James E Anderson.  From his grandfathers collection, who served on the ship at the time. 

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Crew on HMS Constance at Yokohama.  Chinese Station 1885 - 1889.

Image contributed by and copyright of James E Anderson.  From his grandfathers collection, who served on the ship at the time. 

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Officers of HMS Constance, 1888.

Capt Leicester C Keppel is sitting in the centre, (directly above the ship's mascot goat); Lieutenant Brock is to the Captain's right, behind the officer with his head turned away; Behind him, with a beard, is the ship's Chaplain Mr Hislop.  One in from him towards the centre of the ship along the back row is Lieutenant Apperman.  Sitting in the visible chair on the other side of the photo is Lieutenant Drury R.M.; Standing behind him is Lieutenant Smith.  Next to him is Dr Tempelman, and next to him again is Lieutnenant Gabbins.  Next to him, with the large beard, is Boatswain Martlow.  All of the names were difficult to read, so are just our best guesses at them.

Image contributed by and copyright of James E Anderson.  From his grandfathers collection, who served on the ship at the time. 

Mr James E Anderson has kindly given battleships-cruisers.co.uk permission to sell copies of this photograph to contribute to the running of the website.  Mounted reproduction image available, size 10" x 7" approx.  Click here.  Order Code JEA05

Above photographs contributed by James E Anderson, whose grandfather William Henry Anderson served on HMS Flamingo and HMS Constance.  He was born in 1863 and signed on for the navy aged 16, serving as an Able Seaman in HMS Flamingo and HMS Constance, buying himself out after about 7 years. We would like to thank James for his generous contribution.  The photograph below shows Admiral Jellicoe in Sheffield in 1934, with William Henry Anderson at the back, behind the saluting arm of the sailor.

W H Anderson (holding hat) with others at the W S Laycock Ltd Works, Sheffield, 1896.

 

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