hms Active

The Bluejackets All Ship

hms Active

A square rigged ship with a steam engine




HMS Active is Launched

Mar 13, 1869

HMS Active is launched, and then placed in reserve

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Location: Britain



Wyatt Rawson joins HMS Active

1872

Wyatt Rawson joins HMS Active having passed his examination for Lieutenant, but not yet having received a commission.

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Location: West Africa



HMS Active is Commissioned

1872

HMS Active is commissioned to serve as the flagship of the Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope and West Coast of Africa Station

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Location: Southern Africa



The Ashanti Invade

Jun 1873

In early 1873 a 12000 strong Ashanti army crosses the Pra River and invades the British protectorate on the gold coast. Their goal is to gain control of the fort at Elmina, and on their way they ravage the area, which had originally been controlled by the Fanti. The Royal Navy responded by shelling the fort and destroying it.

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Location: West Africa



Hewett Becomes C in C of Western Africa

Oct 04, 1873

William Hewett becomes the Commander-in-Chief of the West Coast of Africa in HMS Active

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Location: West Africa



The Ashanti Expedition

Jan 1874

General Sir Garnet Wolseley was despatched to mount a counter-attack into the Ashanti Empire itself. He had a force of native Fanti plus 3000 British and Wet-Indian troops. They crossed the Pra River to take the war to the Ashanti. The Ashanti had used their profits from the slave trade to buy European firearms, but they still could not match the amount of firepower that the British could bring to bear including guns and rocket tubes dismounted from the British ships.

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Location: West Africa



Treaty of Fomena

Mar 14, 1874

The Ashanti war ends with the Treaty of Fomena

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Location: West Africa



Anglo-Zulu War

Nov 19, 1878

Landed men to take part in the Anglo-Zulu War

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Location: Natal



Battle of Inyezane

Jan 22, 1879

Battle between British and Zulus at the Inyezane river

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Location: Zululand



Siege of Eshowe

Jan 22, 1879

The naval brigade was besieged by the Zulus at Eshowe

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Location: Zululand



The Relief of Eshowe

Apr 03, 1879

The first indication that the men at Eshowe was going to be relieved when they spotted a message being flashed to them via a Heliograph. They flashed a message back using a shaving mirror from the church steeple.

Lord Chelmsford led the relief column, consisting of 3,390 Europeans and 2,280 Africans. Having underestimated the Zulus once, he did not move fast so as not to make the same mistake again. Eshowe was then evacuated and its defences destroyed.

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Location: Zululand



Active Flagship of the Training Squadron

1885

In 1885 she became the flagship of the Training Squadron for training young officers. While she was serving in this capacity she became the last Square Rigged ship to leave Portsmouth Harbour under sail.

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Location: Portsmouth



Active Paid Off

1898

In 1889 she was finally paid off out of naval service and mothballed.

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Location: Portsmouth



Active Scrapped

Jul 10, 1906

In 1906 she was sold off to be scrapped

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Location: Portsmouth