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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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