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British Training Squadron in Kirkwall Bay, 1899
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British Training Squadron in Kirkwall Bay, 1899

A Tom Kent picture.

Tom Scott adds:
'The Tom Kent photo of HMS Victorious and HMS Magnificent prompted me to look up another of Tom Kent's photos. [This one] features a 16 gun unarmoured frigate, all iron, screw driven of 5780 tons. I am fairly certain this is HMS Inconstant launched on 11 December 1868. If not, certainly one of her two sister ships. My interest is in my wife's greatgrandfather William Francis Woods who served on this ship. There is a full account of a two year voyage which commenced from Portsmouth on 17 October 1880. Anyone interested can find this at www.soldiersofthequeen.com/page6j-PrivateGeorgeCapperRMLI.html'

Picture added on 28 August 2006
Inconstant, Shah and Raleigh were large frigates with two funnels but this vessel is a 3rd class cruiser of the C class built in the late 1870's. Designed by Barnaby for long range cruising they became obsolete once fast cruisers began to be produced in large numbers. They were rugged vessels and a half sister HMS Calliope was famous for survivng a typhoon at Apia in the Pacific in 1889 when German and American warships were driven ashore.
Added by Stephen Bradley on 08 April 2008
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