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Cruisers of the Aeolus 2nd Class (also known as the Apollo Class)  History of the 2nd class cruisers of the Aeolus class includes HMS Melampus, HMS Retribution, HMS Brilliant, HMS Sybille, HMS Sappho, HMS Scylla, HMS Latona , HMS Intrepid and HMS Andromanche.

Displacement: 3400 Tons  (some of the class were wood and Copper sheathed for tropical service this increased weight to 3600 tons) Speed:  20 knots,  Crew: 273  Armament: Two 6 - inch Guns  Six 4.7-inch QF guns,  Eight 6 pounder and One 3 pdr Quick Firing Guns. Four machine Guns.  Four 14-inch Torpedo Tubes

HMS Aeolus 13th November 1891 Sold to breakers 1914.
HMS Andromanche 14th August 1890 Sold to breakers 1920.
HMS Apollo 10th February 1891 Sold to breakers 1920.
HMS Brilliant 24th June 1891 Sunk as blockship on 23rd April 1918.
HMS Indefatigable 12th March 1891 Sold to breakers 1913.
HMS Intrepid 20th June 1891 Sunk as blockship on 23rd April 1918.
HMS Iphigenia 19th November 1891 Sunk as blockship on 23rd April 1918.
HMS Latona 22nd May 1890 Sold to breakers 1920.
HMS Melampus 2nd August 1890 Sold to breakers 1910.
HMS Naiad 29th November 1890 Sold to breakers 1922.
HMS Pique 13th December 1890 Sold to breakers 1911.
HMS Rainbow 25th March 1891 Sold
HMS Retribution 6th August 1891 Sold to breakers 1911.
HMS Sappho 9th May 1891 Sold to breakers 1921.
HMS Scylla 17th October 1891 Sold to breakers 1914.
HMS Sirius 27th October 1890 Sunk as blockship on 23rd April 1918.
HMS Spartan 25th February 1891 Sold to breakers 1931.
HMS Sybille 27th December 1890 Wrecked on 16th January 1901.
HMS Terpsichore 30th October 1890 Sold to breakers 1914.
HMS Thetis 13th December 1890 Sunk as blockship on 23rd April 1918.
HMS Tribune 24th February 1891 Sold to breakers 1911.

HMS Aeolus

HMS Aeolus, April, 1896

HMS Aeolus.

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Crew member of HMS Aeolus.  Photo from West Indies c.1912.

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HMS Apollo

HMS Apollo - Name History

The sixth “Apollo” is an 8-gun twin-screw cruiser, launched at Devonport in 1891.  She is of 3400 tons, 9000 horsepower, and 20 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 300ft, 43ft, and 17ft. For some years the “Apollo” has acted as a special mine-laying vessel.

HMS Apollo.

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HMS Apollo. 

HMS Apollo. 

HMS Brilliant

HMS Brilliant

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HMS Brilliant crew members with Henry Albert Harper holding a banjo. Courtesy of Steven Harper

Shipmate on either HMS Brilliant or HMS Nerissa. Courtesy of Steven Harper

HMS Indefatigable

HMS Indefatigable.

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HMS Iphigenia

HMS Iphigenia.

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HMS Naiad

HMS Naiad after conversion to a minelayer.

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HMS Pique

HMS Pique.

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HMS Rainbow

HMS Rainbow, February, 1896

HMS Scylla

HMS Scylla. 

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HMS Sirius

HMS Sirius, 1898.

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HMS Sirius. (HMS 'Dog').

We think HMS 'Dog' was the nickname for HMS Sirius - from Dog Star.  Confirmation would be appreciated if you can!

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HMS Spartan

HMS Spartan, October 1903.

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HMS Thetis

The Vulcan, Royal Sovereign and Thetis at Plataea Harbour c.1900.

For a considerable portion of the year the Mediterranean Fleet cruised eastward. This work was not well liked as it did not present the social amenities found at Malta or some of the other Italian and Spanish ports, and after all life on board was sufficiently monotonous in 1900 for a little excitement to be needed. Greece was friendly to Great Britain and allowed the navy to make limited use of her ports and islands. Here torpedoes were run and gun practise was carried out. The British ships shown at anchor above are in the small port of Plataea.

HMS Thetis.

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HMS Latona by W Fred Mitchell (P)


HMS Latona by W Fred Mitchell (P)

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 Known among the Taliban forces as the <i>Mosquito</i>, the Apache AH-1 has proved itself a formidable and essential part of the British presence in Afghanistan, operated by 656 and 664 Squadrons of 9 Regiment AAC.  Two AH-1s are depicted here landing after a close support mission in 2010.

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 Even the most faithful of Messerschmitt Me 109 pilots that also flew the Focke-Wulf Fw190 grudgingly admitted the well-proportioned and aesthetically pleasing Fw190 was the finest single-seat fighter in the Luftwaffes armoury during World War II. Soon after its arrival on the Channel Front in 1941, when initial bugs were ironed out, this superb fighter came close to fighter design perfection by the standards of the day. Just as the Mk IX Spitfire held the mantle as Britains most outstanding combat fighter of the war, so was the Fw190 regarded by experienced Luftwaffe pilots. Within months of its operational debut the Fw190 was causing widespread consternation among RAF pilots, the new fighter equal to the Mk IX Spitfire in all but its ability in the tightest of turning circles. By 1944 the technically superb Fw190 came into its own in the great air battles against the USAAFs massed daylight raids. The defence of the Reichs western airspace rested on the shoulders of a few Jagdgschwarden who, against steadily increasing odds, were tasked with interception and destruction of the attacking American heavy bombers. Flying alongside the two established Channel fighter wings JG2 Richthofen and JG26 Schlageter, equipped with Fw190s and led by the great fighter ace Oberst Walter Oesau, JG1 joined the battle in defence of northern Germany. Nicolas Trudgians painting Storm Chasers depicts the Fw190As of I./JG1, distinguished by their distinctive black and white striped cowls, scrambling from the snow-covered Dortmund airfield on 10 February 1944 to intercept another inbound American daylight raid. Nicks dramatic view of this technically supreme fighter conveys its true class as it hurtles over the airfield, its undercarriage retracting as the Fw190 accelerates into the climb. Below, sharing the airfield with I./JGI, are the Fw190s of the newly formed Sturmstaffel 1, identified by their black-white-black tail bands, seen taxiing out to join in the interception. Despite bad weather conditions the Luftwaffes defending fighters scored heavily that day, inflicting severe losses on the Americans, claiming 29 bombers and 8 fighters shot down in the action.

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Height and Sun by Robert Taylor.
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Final Touchdown by Ivan Berryman.
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Ryde Airport, 1936 by Ivan Berryman.
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Mosquito Attack by Graeme Lothian. (YB)
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Together with her sister ship, Hercules, HMS Colossus acquitted herself well at the Battle of Jutland where she fired 93 12in rounds, but received only two hits from enemy fire which caused minor damage and left nine crew injured.  She was sold for scrap in 1928.

HMS Colossus by Ivan Berryman
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The Battle of Manila Bay by Anthony Saunders (YB)
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 Showing William III in full Black Armour at the time of the Battle of Boyne.

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