HMS Clio (1903)

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HMS Clio Tasmania 1905 AWM 302162.jpeg
Clio dressed overall at Tasmania in 1905
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Clio
Namesake: The Greek muse Clio
Builder: Sheerness Dockyard
Laid down: 11 March 1902
Launched: 14 March 1903
Completed: 1904
Fate: Scrapped, 1920
General characteristics
Class and type: Cadmus-class sloop
Displacement: 1,070 long tons (1,087 t)
Length: 185 ft (56.4 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10.1 m)
Draught: 11 ft 3 in (3.4 m)
Installed power: 1,400 ihp (1,000 kW)
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Complement: 150

HMS Clio was a Cadmus-class sloop of the Royal Navy. She was launched in 1903, saw active service in the Middle East during World War I, was briefly involved in the British campaign against the Mad Mullah and was sold at Bombay in 1920.


Her keel was laid down at Sheerness dockyard on 11 March 1902,[1] and she was launched on 14 March 1903.[2]

Service history[edit]

Australia station[edit]

Clio started her career on the Australia Station, where she arrived in May 1904.[3] In July she made an Island trip and visited Noumea, Suva, Tonga. The visit was in connection with the proposal of the Admiralty to examine the various reefs in the Cook and other groups, to make safe entrances for the surf boats, discharging and loading cargo. After visiting Mangain, Aitutaki, and other islands, the Clio proceeded to Tahiti. After blasting passages through the coral reefs at Savage Island and other islands she reached Auckland in September and stayed for two months in New Zealand waters. Planning to return to Sydney for Christmas, she visited Fiji again, where she stayed at the disposal of the Governor because of political problems at Tonga, to which she made some tours. In February she finally returned to Sydney.[4]

China station[edit]

After a visit to Hobart Clio left Australia in April 1905 for the China Station.[5][2]

In 1908, the Clio transported British journalist Ernest Bethell from Chemulpo to Shanghai to serve a sentence of imprisonment for inciting Koreans to oppose Japanese rule of Korea.[6]

World War I[edit]

She re-commissioned at Hong Kong in August 1914 and was initially based at Sandakan, tasked with patrolling the Basilan Straits.[2] In late 1914 she transferred to the Middle East and was in Port Said by the beginning of January 1915. At the end of that month she moved into the Suez Canal and was active in the defence of the canal against Turkish troops. She fired on Turkish positions on 27 January and 1-3 February, receiving incoming rifle fire on the last. She was also hit by two heavier shells, but suffered no casualties.[7][2] She formed part of the British expeditionary force in the Shatt-al-Arab in April 1915,[8] and in 1917 served in operations off Aden in March. At Dhubab on 6 May and again on 8 May at Ibn Abbas (near the island of Kamaran) landings were carried out at to punish smuggling.[9][10]

Campaign against the "Mad Mullah"[edit]

In December 1919, after commissioning at Gibraltar, she took part in the campaign against Mohammed Abdullah Hassan ("the Mad Mullah"). Sailors were landed, but by late February the campaign was complete.[11]


She was sold at Bombay on 12 November 1920 on the same day as her sister-ship Odin.


  1. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36713). London. 12 March 1902. p. 7. 
  2. ^ a b c d "HMS Clio at Naval Database website". Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  3. ^ A New Warship. Arrival of H.M.S. Clio. Damaged in Heavy Gales The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 May 1904
  4. ^ Return of H.M.S. Clio The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 February 1905
  5. ^ Departure of HMS Clio The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 April 1905
  6. ^ North China Herald, June 27, 1908, p841
  7. ^ Log of HMS CLIO Royal Navy Log Books of the World War 1 Era - HMS CLIO
  8. ^ "Naval Review Vol. III. No 4" (PDF). 1915. p. 668. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  9. ^ "Naval Review Vol. XIII. No 4" (PDF). 1925. pp. 663–664. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  10. ^ Log of HMS CLIO Royal Navy Log Books of the World War 1 Era - HMS CLIO
  11. ^ "Naval Review Vol. IX. No 4" (PDF). 1915. pp. 627–639. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 

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