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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 pictured c.1909. 

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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. Sent in by George Needham

HMS Apollo.  Sent in by Geoff Francis

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 pictured in May 1907. 

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HMS Sirius

HMS Sirius, 1898.

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HMS Sirius. (HMS 'Dog').

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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)

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 R-Robert was dramatically retrieved after nearly forty years on the bed of Loch Ness in Scotland. It is being restored at the Brooklands Museum.

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 Royal Flying Corps SE5As of 56 squadron engaged in air combat with flying circus Fokker Dr1s commanded by the great German ace Baron von Richthofen, France 1917.

Brief Encounter by Gerald Coulson.
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Leutnant d R Richard Wenzl by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
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The leading ace of the mighty Eighth Air Force, Gabby Gabreski. He finished the war with a total of 28 air victories and 2 1/2 enemy aircraft destroyed on the ground by strafing airfields. Gabreski also scored 6 1/2 air victories in the Korean war.

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Key ships of the British task force sail in close formation in the Mediterranean sea during the build up to the coalition invasion of Iraq in march 2003, nearest is the flagship HMS Ark Royal with the commando carrier HMS ocean to her port side. other ships include a Type 42 destroyer , the Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria and an LSL  

NTG03 - Task Force to Iraq by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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The Battle of Trafalgar was fought on a calm, almost windless day, on 21st October 1805.  Nelsons revolutionary battle plan was to cut apart the larger Franco-Spanish fleet of Vice-Admiral Villeneuve by sailing in two single column divisions directly at right angles into the combined fleet and thus rendering almost half of the leading ships useless until the could turn and join the fight, which in such calm conditions could take hours.  The battle raged for five hours in which time not one British ship was lost, however, Nelson would tragically lose his life at the very moment of his triumph, a triumph which rendered the British Navy unchallenged in supremacy for over a century.  Here HMS Mars passes between the French ship Belleisle on her starboard and the French ship Fougeux on her port, firing a murderous hail of gunfire at both ships.  Also shown in the painting on the left hand side is the Spanish ship Monarco and the French ship Pluton.

The Battle of Trafalgar - Mars Breaks the Line by Anthony Saunders. (AP)
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 Blackbeard the Terrible, otherwise known as Edward Teach, Thatch or Drummond. Circa 1718.

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 The cruiser HMS Frobisher dominates this scene off Houlgate at the Normandy landings of 1944.  The monitor HMS Roberts lies beyond Frobisher with a Large Infantry Landing Ship or LSI (L) unshipping its LCAs on the extreme right of the picture.  In the foreground, a motor launch attends a group of LCP (L)s as they head for the French beaches.  Two Spitfire Mk.IXs conduct sweeps overhead as Operation Neptune gathers momentum.

HMS Frobisher and HMS Roberts at Normandy by Ivan Berryman
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 Helmand Province, Afghanistan, April, 2011. Men of <i>The Highlanders</i> 4th Royal Regiment of Scotland, patrol through a flowering poppy field near Lashkar Gah.

Poppy Fields by David Pentland. (AP)
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 Acting Assistant Commissary J.L. Dalton commissariat and transport department and colour sergeant F. Bourne, during the battle at the front wall about 6pm at Rorkes Drift. Frank Bourne was born  on the 27th April 1854  in Balcombe Sussex, when Bourne was 18 he joined the 24th Regiment in 1872, being promoted to Corporal in 1875 and Sergeant in 1878.  Sergeant Bourne was promoted to Colour Sergeant soon after the rgeiment arrived in Natal.  Colour Sgt bourne was part of B company whose job was to guard the hospital at Rorkes Drift.  Colour Sgt Bourne played a major role in keeping the defending troops effective.  Colour Sgt Bourne was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his role in the defence, and it is surprising that he was not awarded a Victoria Cross as 11 were awarded for the defence. Col Sgt Bourne retired form the army in 1907, but  joined again for WW1, serving in Dublin.  He was the last survivor of Rorkes Drift, passing away at the age of 91 on the 8th May 1945 by coincidence being VE day.

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Battle between Greek and Turk forces at the battle of Klisswa, Epiris 1792.
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D-Day Gold Beach, 6th June 1944 by Simon Smith.
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The Bataille de Bouvines 27th July 1214 by Horace Vernet. (Y)
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Raising the Standard at Glenfinnan, by Mark Churms.
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Marshall Saxe the French Marshall in charge of the French army during the War of Austrian Succession which included the Battles of Fontenoy and Dettingen.
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 Following the success of several French imports to Highbury, Arsene Wenger again turned to his home country in search of another midfield maestro.  Robert Pires was duly signed from Marseille in July 2000 in a £6 million deal.  Robert Pires has adjusted quickly to the English game.  Pires and his love affair with English football comes from the intensity of the game teamed with the passion from the Highbury fans.  On describing the fans' reaction when he scores, he said, <i>It's an unbelievablesensation to be standing on the pitch when the whole crowd erupts.</i>  For a man who played in a European championship final, and who won the World Cup, these words must sound sweet to the Highbury faithful.  Robert Pires received the recognition his talent deserved on winning the Football Writer's Player of the Year Award in the 2001/02 season.

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Sir Garfield Sobers by Gary Keane.
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