NRP Afonso de Albuquerque (1884)
|Career (Kingdom of Portugal)|
|Name:||Afonso de Albuquerque|
|Builder:||Thames Iron Works|
|Type:||sloop or unprotected cruiser|
|Length:||203 ft 6 in (62.03 m)|
|Speed:||13.3 kn (15.3 mph; 24.6 km/h)|
2 × 6in./26 cal. gun
Afonso de Albuquerque launched in 1885 was a sloop or small unprotected cruiser of the Portuguese Navy. Her name has also been spelled Afonso D’ Albuquerque. She was named after the 16th-century Portuguese navigator Afonso de Albuquerque.
She was a small colonial warship, larger than most gunboats but weaker than a protected cruiser. The term sloop in the steamship era was used by some navies including the Royal Navy for what were essentially large gunboats. The Afonso de Albuquerque resembled in size and performance the Spanish unprotected cruisers of the Velasco class, which were used for colonial duties (and the unsuccessful defense of Manila Bay in 1898).
- Conways, p.379