Tuesday, 15 May 2018

British screw steam gunboat HMS Pigmy participated in eclipse expedition in the Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper De locomotief dated 1 April 1901

An item reported that the British 1st class gunboat Pigmy (1) of 755 ton and an armament of 6 guns was to depart Singapore in begin April towards Padang, Dutch East Indies to prepare the British eclipse expedition. The British 1.050 tons corvette Algerine (2) with an armament of 6 guns would probably be ordered to transport the expedition members towards Padang. The edition dated 25 May reported that the Piymy was anchored off Poeloe Aoer Padang to warn with her searchlight the expedition when te total eclipse was to start. Het nieuws van den dag voor Nederlandsch-Indië reported that the expedition was ended and that the General Alava (3) and the Pigmy left Emmahaven, Dutch East Indies on 28th May.

1. According to the Dutch Jaarboek van de Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeemacht 1900-1901 visited the British gunboat HMS Pigmy visited Padang, Dutch East Indies between 9 April 28 May 1901. Launched at the Sheerness Dockyard, England on 27 July 1888. Of the Pigmy-class composite screw gunboats/1st class gunboats consisting of the Pigmy, Pheasant, Partridge, Peacock, Pigeon and Plover.
2. Steel built Phoenix-class screw steam sloop. Laid down by Navy Dockyard, Devonport, England on 25 July 1894, launched on 6 June 1895, commissioned in April 1896, decommissioned on 8 September 1914, handed over to the Canadian navy and sold in 11 April 1919.
3. Of the General Alava-class general cargo ships, built by A. McMillan&Sons, Dumbarton, Scotland on 1895, handed over by the US War Department on 21 February 1900, commissioned in the US Navy on 9 March 1900, served in the Philippines as transport and lighthouse tender, decommissioned at Shanghai, China on 28 June 1929 and sunk while used as gunnery target odd the Asiatic Coast on 17 July 1929.