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Condor Class Composite
Gunvessels. Ship photos, crew photos and history of the Condor
Class gunboats of the late 19th and early 20th century. Class
includes HMS Condor, HMS Falcon, HMS Flamingo and HMS Griffon, all
||1876 - 77
||1876 - 77
||1876 - 77
- Name History
The fourteenth “GRIFFON” was a 3-gun screw gun
vessel, launched at Birkenhead in 1876.
She was of 774 tons, 790 horse- power, and 11 knots speed.
Her length, beam, and draught were 158ft., 29ft., and 14ft.
In 1888 the “Griffon” commanded by Commander John E.
Blaxland, was one of a squadron of one German and seven English ships
under Rear-Admiral the Hon. Edmund
Fremantle with his flag in “Boadicea,” which took part in the
blockade of the Zanzibar littoral.
This was undertaken in the interests of the suppression of
slavery, and also in consequence of the revolt of several of the coast
towns against German authority. Apart
from the capture of slave dhows, the blockade incidents were of an
uninteresting nature. On October
17th, 1888, the “Griffon’s” steam cutter, under
Lieutenant Myles Cooper, chased and engaged a large dhow armed with one
gun. The dhow opened heavy
fire; Lieutenant Cooper was mortally wounded and two seamen were
injured. Ship’s Corporal
John Bray took charge and drove the dhow ashore, where the Arabs jumped
overboard and fled, leaving her to be captured.
In 1891 the “Griffon” was sold.
HMS Griffon, 1876.
large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available. Reproduced
from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright
holder. A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price
£25. Order photograph here Order Code
republished © MPL Photograph (Postcard Size). Price £5 Click here
to order. Order Code MP3072
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