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HMS Himalaya (1854)

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NameHimalayaExplanation
TypeTroopship   
Acquired1854
HullIron
PropulsionScrew
Builders measure3438 tons
Displacement4690 tons
Guns 
Fate1940
Class 
Ships bookADM 135/234
Note1853.05.24 launched.
Purchased from P&O.
1895 = C60 c.h.
1920 sold.
1940 sunk in air attack.
Snippets concerning this vessels career
DateEvent
5 January 1855Commanded by Commander Benjamin Portland Priest
24 March 1857
- 31 May 1858
Commanded by Commander William Henry Haswell
(9 June 1858)Commanded by Commander Shute Barrington Piers
21 July 1858Commanded by Commander John Seccombe
13 December 1859Commanded by Captain John Seccombe
25 July 1862Commanded by Captain Edward Lacy
(30 June 1865)
- 1856
Commanded by Captain Thomas Bridgeman Lethbridge
22 March 1870Commanded by Captain Edward Madden
1879Commanded by Captain Harry Woodfall Brent
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Ma 6 April 1863An Alleged Confederate “Ironclad”. - Some interest was created in Liverpool on Saturday by an allegation that a new "iron-clad" steamer had been trying her engines, and departed from the Mersey in course of the forenoon’s tide. From the outcry which has recently been made in relation to war steamers having been supplied to the Confederate Government, the allegation referred to excited considerable remark. Investigation, however, showed that the "suspicious craft” was perfectly legitimate in all respects. She proved to be the troopship Orontes recently built for our own Government by Messrs. Laird Brothers, at Birkenhead, which was launched in November last. This vessel, by dint of great exertion, has been completed in her external fittings, and was wanted to proceed at once to Devonport. Her engines, by Watt and Co., are of 500-horse power, and have been put on board, and the vessel is in all respects ready for the reception of troops, and for the conveyance of these she will no doubt be immediately put in commission. She has been inspected by Mr. Luke and several officers of Her Majesty’s navy, and gentlemen interested in such matters, and has been pronounced by them first class, and no doubt will prove that ships built by contract are not in any respect inferior to those built in the Royal dockyards. The Orontes is the first Government troopship and the largest vessel ever built upon the Mersey. She is 300ft. in length between perpendiculars; is 44ft. 7in. in extreme breadth; is 32ft. deep in the hold, and her register measurement is 2,811 tons. The lines of the vessel are exceedingly fine, and in general symmetry and aspect she bears a great resemblance to the superb screw steam troopship Himalaya, although not quite so large. She has a very handsome figure-head, designed and executed by Messrs. Allan and Clotworthy, of Liverpool. As has been already stated, the Orontes has been built as a troopship, the successful working of the Himalaya in the transport service having convinced the Government that troops can be carried much more satisfactorily in vessels built for the purpose than in casual transports. Under this conviction, besides the Orontes, another vessel of a similar class is now in course of being built in London. The capacious ship Orontes, which has been built under special Government superintendence and inspection, will carry from 1,100 to 1,200 troops with the greatest comfort, besides her own full complement of officers and crew. The ventilation of the ship and also her lighting are in all respects most perfect, as her ’tween decks are lighted and ventilated by a series of large side ports and skylights on deck. Her crew will have ample accommodation in a large forecastle, which extends aft to the foremast; and the health and comfort of all on board are secured by the great height between decks, that being from 8ft. to 9ft. clear.
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