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HMS Hyacinth - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Hyacinth

Name : HMS Hyacinth
Laid Down : January 1897
Launched : 27th October 1898
Completed : September 1900
Type : Cruiser
Class : Hermes
Builder : London and Glasgow
Country : UK
Sequence : This is the 5th ship with this name.
Pennants :
Fate : Sold for scrap 11th October 1923

The fifth “HYACINTH” is an 11-gun twin-screw cruiser, launched at Glasgow in 1898. She is of 5600 tons, 10,000 horse-power, and 20 knots speed. Her length, beam, and draught were 350ft., 54ft., and 20ft. In 1904 the “Hyacinth,” commanded by Captain the Hon. Horace Hood, and flying the flag of Rear-Admiral George Atkinson-Willes, was at the head of a squadron of three ships which took part in the Somaliland campaign. On April 20th the “Hyacinth,” and “Fox” arrived off the Gulluli River after dark, and on the following day a small landing party went ashore under Flag-Captain Hood. One hundred and twenty-five men of the Hampshire Regiment accompanied the sailors. The brigade advanced upon Fort Illig in face from a brisk fire from rifles, and two old fashioned cannon loaded with mixed iron, and finally carried the place at the point of the bayonet. The “Hyacinths’” subsequently cleared the village and some caves at the bottom of the cliffs. The enemy left between 60 and 70 dead, and the British re-embarked with a loss of 3 killed and 11 wounded. Fort Illig was then reduced, and the British ships withdrew. At various dates the “Hyacinth,” while commanded by Captain J.D Dick and flying the flag of Rear-Admiral E.J.W. Slade, was employed in the prevention of the gun-running traffic in the Persian Gulf. 760 rifles were captured off the Jagin River on one occasion.

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HMS Hyacinth pictured with Rear Admiral Edmund Samuel Poe CVO inset.

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HMS Astraea with HMS Hyacinth.

Timeline Entries :


27th October 1898 - Launched
1901 - Training Squadron
1902 - Cruiser Squadron
16th August 1902 - Coronation Review at Spithead
16th August 1902 - Capt. D.A. Gamble in Command
1903 - Cruiser Squadron
1904 - East Indies Station
1905 - East Indies Station
1906 - East Indies Station
1st January 1906 - At Calcutta for the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales
June 1906 - In Commission, In Reserve, At Portsmouth
1908 - East Indies Station
1909 - East Indies Station
16th February 1909 - Capt. A.W. Heneage in Command
17th September 1909 - Arrived Batticola
17th September 1909 - Flagship of Rear-Admiral E.J.W. Slade
17th September 1909 - Capt. J.D. Dick in Command
9th July 1912 - Spithead Review
15th March 1913 - Capt. D.M. Anderson in Command
15th March 1913 - Sailed Ascension for St. Helena
August 1914 - Africa Station (Cape of Good Hope)
November 1923 - Sold for scrapping

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Last edited : 15:52, March 27, 2011
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