Troopships


HMS Himalaya, 1884


ClassIron Screw Troopship
Builtby Mare of Blackwell, 1853
Speed14 Knots under Steam, 16.5 Knots with sails assisting
FateBecame a coal hulk in 1895. Bought by E W Payne in 1920. Sunk by Germans in an air raid on Portland harbour in 1940.
NotesWhen she was built the Himalaya was the largest steamer in the world. She was originally ordered and owned by P and O ferries but was first chartered and then bought outright by the Navy. She gained battlehonours in New Zealand 1863 - 66 and in Ashantee 1873 - 74.


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