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HMS Melampus was an Apollo-class protected cruiser of the Royal Navy which served from 1890 to 1910.

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HMS Melampus
History
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Melampus
Namesake: Melampus
Builder: Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down: 1889[1]
Launched: 2 Aug 1890
Fate: Sold on 1 Jan 1910[2]
General characteristics
Beam: 43 ft 8 in (13.31 m)[3]
Draught: 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m)
Speed: 19.7 knots (22.7 mph; 36.5 km/h)[3]
Complement: 273[2] to 275[3]
Armament:

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HistoryEdit

 
HMS Melampus in the harbour of Kingstown, Co. Dublin
 
HMS Melampus in 1892.

In 1890, building by the Naval Construction and Armaments Co, later known as Vickers, commenced. She was originally built for the Greek navy.[4]

In 1891, when George, Duke of York was promoted to commander, he assumed command of HMS Melampus. He relinquished his post in January 1892, when his brother Albert Victor died.[5]

On 5 Jul 1892, in Portsmouth, HMS Melampus went out to carry out trials of her machinery and other equipment, following which she swung her compasses at Spithead. She sails the 7th for Plymouth and Falmouth.[6]

On 26 Jun 1897, she was present at the Naval Review at Spithead in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.[6]

Captain Richard Nigel Gresley was in command from March 1899 until May 1901, when Captain Henry H. Dyke succeeded in command.

On 16 Jan 1901, she accidentally grounded HMS Sybille (1890).[2]

She took part in the fleet review held at Spithead on 16 August 1902 for the coronation of King Edward VII,[7] and later that month was off Ireland where she received the Japanese cruisers Asama and Takasago to Cork.[8]

In 1903 she was withdrawn as guard ship at Kingstown in Ireland.[9]

On 12 July 1910, Melampus was sold for scrap for the price of £9000.[10]

CaptainsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 76.
  2. ^ a b c "HMS Melampus 1890".
  3. ^ a b c "HMS Melampus".
  4. ^ NYC. "Return of an "Old Friend" - NYC".
  5. ^ "George V of Britain - Encyclopedia".
  6. ^ a b http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/M/02980.html
  7. ^ "The Coronation - Naval Review". The Times (36845). London. 13 August 1902. p. 4.
  8. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36852). London. 21 August 1902. p. 8.
  9. ^ Lowth, Cormac F. (2014). "Guard-Ships at Kingstown". Dun Laoghaire Journal. 23: 10–19.
  10. ^ "Naval Matters – Past and Prospective: Portsmouth Dockyard". The Marine Engineer and Naval Architect. Vol. 33. August 1910. p. 10.
  11. ^ The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 255.
  12. ^ "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 29 May 1901. Issue 36467, col B, p. 4.

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