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HMS Himalaya (1854)

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Builders measure3438 tons
Displacement4690 tons
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
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
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.
Th 18 January 1877Our Hongkong Correspondent writes under date the 14th of December last:—
"Her Majesty's ships of war in harbour are the Audacious (flag-ship of Vice-Admiral Ryder), Fly, Growler, Nassau, Ringdove and Vigilant. The orders for the Ringdove to leave here on the 16th of December for England have been countermanded. She will now probably be paid off here, thoroughly repaired by the Naval-yard authorities and re-commissioned with the crew of the Lapwing, her present officers and crew returning to England in the troopship Himalaya. By last advances of the 30th of November, the Charybdis, Frolic, and Mosquito remained by the Lapwing at Chan-shan-tan Island. The weather continued fine, but the chances of getting her afloat were very much against her. The Curlew at Tien-tsin, remains there for the winter. The Growler, after a thorough repair to het boilers, has completed her stores, and proceeds to Amoy in the place of the Fly, ordered to remain in Hongkong.

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