Cape of Good Hope Station

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Cape of Good Hope Station
The cruiser HMS Gibraltar, flagship of the Cape of Good Hope Station in the early 1900s
Active 1857–1939
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Type Fleet
Garrison/HQ Simonstown, South Africa

The Cape of Good Hope Station was one of the geographical divisions into which the British Royal Navy divided its worldwide responsibilities. It was formally the units and establishments responsible to the Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope. It lasted from 1857 to 1939.


Admiralty House, Simonstown

Established in 1857,[1] the station covered most of the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean. On 17 January 1865, it was combined with the East Indies Station to form the East Indies and Cape of Good Hope Station; however, the station was recreated as a separate station on 29 July 1867.[1] From 1870, it absorbed the former West Africa Squadron.[2] The headquarters of the station was the Simon's Town Naval Base.[3]


Commanders-in-Chief have included:[1][4]
Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope and West Coast of Africa Station

Commander-in-Chief, Africa Station

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c William Loney RN
  2. ^ West Africa Squadron
  3. ^ Goosen, C (1973). South Africa's Navy - the first Fifty years. W. J. Flesch & partners. pp. 131–132. ISBN 0 949989 02 9. 
  4. ^ Simonstown Historical Society