HMS Orlando (1886)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

HMSOrlando1897.jpg
History
United Kingdom
NameHMS Orlando
BuilderPalmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company, Jarrow
Laid down23 April 1885
Launched3 August 1886
FateSold for breaking up 11 July 1905
General characteristics
Class and type Orlando-class armoured cruiser
Displacement5,600 long tons (5,700 t)
Length300 ft (91 m) p/p
Beam56 ft (17 m)
Draught22.5 ft (6.9 m)
Installed power
  • 5,500 hp (4,100 kW)
  • 8,500 hp (6,300 kW) forced-draught
Propulsion
  • 3-cylinder triple-extension steam engines
  • two shafts
  • 4 double-ended boilers
Speed
  • 17 knots (31 km/h) natural draught
  • 18 knots (33 km/h) forced draught
Range10,000 nautical miles (19,000 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h)
Complement484
Armament
Armour

HMS Orlando was the lead ship of the Orlando class of first-class cruisers built in the yards of Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company, Jarrow and launched on 3 August 1886.

Service history[edit]

She was commanded by Charles Ramsay Arbuthnot on the Australia Station from 1892 to 1895. In 1899 she was assigned to the China Station,[1] Captain James Henry Thomas Burke in command. During the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, sailors from HMS Orlando formed part of the force led by Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Seymour attempting to relieve the British Legation in Beijing. A replica of a bell captured from the Taku Forts forms part of a memorial to HMS Orlando in Victoria Park, Portsmouth.

In late March 1902 she left Hong Kong for Singapore, arriving there on 6 April.[2] After three weeks, she left Penang in late April, homebound,[3] stopping at Colombo on 5 May,[4] Aden on 14 May,[5] Malta on 28 May,[6] and Gibraltar on 2 June, before arriving at Portsmouth four days later.[7] Captain Burke died at sea on 12 May 1902, during the journey, and was buried at Aden.[8] Commander Philip Howard Colomb was in charge for the remainder of the journey. She paid off at Portsmouth on 25 July, and was placed in the B Division of the Fleet Reserve.[9]

HMS Orlando was sold for scrapping on 11 July 1905 to Thos. W. Ward of Morecambe for £10,000.[1]

Memorial to HMS Orlando, Victoria Park, Portsmouth

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bastock, pp.98–99.
  2. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times. No. 36737. London. 9 April 1902. p. 10.
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times. No. 36755. London. 30 April 1902. p. 9.
  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times. No. 36761. London. 7 May 1902. p. 10.
  5. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times. No. 36769. London. 16 May 1902. p. 11.
  6. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times. No. 36779. London. 28 May 1902. p. 9.
  7. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times. No. 36788. London. 7 June 1902. p. 9.
  8. ^ "Obituary - Captain James Burke". The Times. No. 36770. London. 17 May 1902. p. 8.
  9. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times. No. 36830. London. 26 July 1902. p. 8.

References[edit]

External links[edit]