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HMS Adventure

Postby crimea1854 » 30 May 2013 11:32

I wonder if anyone can throw some light on this vessel and the part she played in the Ashantee War, I have only found the following on the internet: 25 Aug 1892, two gunboats, the Adventure and Pioneer, left Woolwich for the Zambesi, on board the steamship Borrowdale : built by Yarrow and Co. of Poplar, they are for service on Lake Nyassa.

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Re: HMS Adventure

Postby roconn » 20 Jun 2013 19:52

The Zambesi is on the other, East side of Africa and flows thro' Mozambique into the Indian Ocean.
The wish was to sail up the Zambesi and up river on the Shire and then on to L Nyasa
Livingstone and others after him wanted a vessel or two on L Nyasa to put down the slave trade.
Little Harry Johnstone as Administrator of the BSA Co was the leading figure in diminishing this business as he was quite fearless in boarding slavers vessels.
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Re: HMS Adventure

Postby Mark » 20 Jun 2013 23:03

I would be interested to see a photo of this ship if one exists. A quick search of the internet reveals later vessels by this name but not the one launched in 1891.

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Re: HMS Adventure

Postby Rural53 » 23 Jun 2013 08:59

Mark wrote:I would be interested to see a photo of this ship if one exists. A quick search of the internet reveals later vessels by this name but not the one launched in 1891.

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When this thread was first started I looked but couldn't find anything as gunboats are one of my interests. I've had another look today and found some images halfway down this page http://vimpel.boinaslava.net/index.php?module=wwi_battles_nyassa that the translated caption refer to as Adventure and Pioneer and gives the correct dates of built 1891 and transfered to "Lake Niasa" in 1893 for Adventure.

(Mark, being that this website is in Bulgarian I'm not sure if the photos are copyright or not so have not linked the images)
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Re: HMS Adventure

Postby Mark » 23 Jun 2013 19:00

Many thanks for the link, Rural53! No idea what it says on the page but love the photo of HMS Adventure :)

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Re: HMS Adventure

Postby crimea1854 » 24 Jun 2013 06:30

Interesting Rural53. I understand that both Adventure and Pioneer were sent to Africa in sections, and then assembled, I don't know if you can confirm this?

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Re: HMS Adventure

Postby Rural53 » 29 Jun 2013 10:11

I'm sure I saw that HMS Adventure was shipped in pieces then assembled on site, so this afternoon I went looking. I didn't find much about Adventure over what is above. I then looked at HMS Pioneer, her sister ship. In Ships of the Royal Navy by J. J. Colledge and Ben Warlow it lists Pioneer as "a river gunboat of 40 tons, 75' x 12.5', armed with one 3pdr. Built by Yarrow in 1892. Dismantled and to Lake Nyasa, re-erected there 1893. Transfered to British Central Africa Government in 1894." I assume Adventure was also dismantled for delivered.

Adventure appears to have been sold by the BCA government in 1921.
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