HMS Torch (1894)
HMS Torch c. 1900.
|Laid down:||18 December 1893|
|Launched:||28 December 1894|
|Fate:||Transferred to New Zealand government on 16 August 1917|
|Fate:||Sold in July 1920|
|Fate:||Wrecked on 17 November 1924 near the Chatham Islands.|
|Class and type:||Alert-class sloop|
|Type:||Screw steel sloop|
|Length:||180 ft (55 m)|
|Beam:||32 ft (9.8 m)|
|Draught:||12 ft (3.7 m)|
|Installed power:||1,400 hp (1,044 kW)|
|Propulsion:||Three-cylinder vertical triple expansion steam engine; single screw|
|Armour:||Protective deck of 1 in (2.5 cm) to 1.5 in (3.8 cm) steel over machinery and boilers.|
HMS Torch was an Alert-class sloop of the Royal Navy, built at Sheerness Dockyard and launched in 1894. She served in Australia and New Zealand and was transferred to New Zealand as a training ship in 1917, being renamed HMS Firebrand at the same time. She was sold in 1920 and converted to a refrigerated ship with the new name Rama. She ran aground in the Chatham Islands in 1924 and was abandoned.
Alert and Torch were constructed of steel to a design by William White, the Royal Navy Director of Naval Construction. They were powered by a three-cylinder vertical triple expansion steam engine developing 1,400 horsepower and driving a single screw.
Service in Australian waters
Torch joined the Australian Station in February 1897, serving in New Zealand waters in 1898 and 1899. She was part of the naval escort for the visit of the Duke and Duchess of York to Australia and New Zealand aboard the chartered Royal liner HMS Ophir during 1901. After a refit, she recommissioned at Sydney on 29 November 1913. In July 1914 Torch, in company with the French cruiser Kersaint, was involved with a native uprising on the Island of Wala, Vanuatu. Five men were killed and four injured, and one native prisoner was captured. In August 1914 she became part of the New Zealand Division of the Pacific Station.
Training ship Firebrand
Refrigerated ship Rama
- "HMS Torch at Naval Database website". Retrieved 2010-10-08.
- Winfield (2004) p.278
- Bastock 1988, pp. 112–113.
- "Australian war memorial website". Retrieved 5 October 2010.
- "Cannibals Resist Punitive Party. Malekula Incident". The Sydney Morning Herald. 13 July 1914. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
- "Log of HMS Torch". Old Weather. 23 November 1914. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
- Bastock, John (1988), Ships on the Australia Station, Child & Associates Publishing Pty Ltd; Frenchs Forest, Australia. ISBN 0-86777-348-0
- Winfield, Rif & Lyon, David (2004). The Sail and Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815–1889. London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-032-6. OCLC 52620555.