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HMS Philomel is Launched

Aug 28, 1890

HMS Philomel is launched from Devonport

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Location: Plymouth



HMS Philomel is Commissioned

Nov 10, 1891

HMS Philomel is commissioned into the Royal Navy

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Location: Britain



HMS Philomel Arrives in South Africa

Jun 1892

HMS Philomel arrives in South Africa

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Location: Southern Africa



Sultan Hamid-Bin-Thwain Dies

Aug 25, 1896

The Sultan is poisoned and his cousin seizes the palace

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Location: Zanzibar



Admiral Rawson Arrives

Aug 26, 1896

HMS Racoon arrives and moors close to HMS Thrush and HMS Sparrow during the morning. HMS St. George then arrives during the afternoon. Women and children are evacuated to the St. George for their protection and an ultimatum is sent to Sayid Kahalid warning him that if he does not renounce his claim to the thrown then the British will go to war. All of the other Merchant Navy vessels in the harbour leave in order to give them a clear line of fire.

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Location: Zanzibar



The War

Aug 27, 1896 9AM

The shortest war in history lasting less than an hour and resulting in total British victory

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Location: Zanzibar



Hamoud Bin Mohammed Becomes Sultan

Aug 28, 1896

Hamoud bin Mohammed of Zanzibar becomes Sultan of Zanzibar. Understanding the debt he owes to the British, he quickly bans slavery and frees all of the slaves within his domain.

Sayid Kahalid is smuggled onto SMS Seeadler and taken to the German East Africa Colony. His supporter are made to pay for the cost of the shells and damage that was caused by the war. This amounts to approximately 300000 rupees.

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Location: Zanzibar



Admiral Rawson's Expedition Assembles

Feb 03, 1897

Admiral Harry Rawson's expedition assembles off the coast of Benin

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Location: Benin



Benin Expedition Sets Out

Feb 10, 1897

An expedition under Admiral Harry Rawson sets out up the Benin River for Benin city. It has a 500 strong naval brigade of sailors and Royal Marines from HMS Forte, HMS Theseus, HMS St.George, and HMS Philomel. It also has 500 men from the Niger Coast Constabulary. A force of local troops brings the force up to 1400 men, together with another 1700 to deal with their baggage.

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Location: Benin



Attack on Ologbo

Feb 12, 1897

The naval brigade attacks and occupy the village of Ologbo that Admiral Rawson intended to used as a base for his attack on Benin. They arrived in a steam launch that cleared the beachhead with its Maxim Gun, before disembarking the sailors. The Beni soldiers fought back by retreating to cover and firing back, so it took several hours to clear the area of them.

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Location: Benin



Expedition Advances on Benin

Feb 14, 1897

The expedition advances on Benin from Ologbo. Their path was marked by hundreds of corpses, men and women disembowelled on the orders of the local priests to appeal to the Beni gods for help driving back the invaders. Boisragon wrote that there were:

"Everywhere sacrificial trees on which were corpses of the latest victims."

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Location: Benin



Battle of Benin City

Feb 18, 1897

An 8 hour battle as the expedition approaches Benin city against soldiers often armed with modern repeating rifles bought from the european powers

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Location: Benin



Benin Expedition Looks for Water

Feb 19, 1897

A large party is sent out to find water. About 3 miles from the city they find a servant boy from Phillip's party still alive at the bottom of a well amongst the corpses of other native bearers from the party.

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Location: Benin



Benin Burned

Feb 21, 1897

It is decided to destroy the local temples, all of which were stained with blood sacrifice, both animal and human. Unfortunately the fire gets out of control. It destroyed the hospital, but the wounded men that it had been set up to care for manage to escape. The fire destroys the King's house, as well as most of the troops baggage, before being brought under control.

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Location: Benin



Naval Brigade Returns to the Ships

Feb 27, 1897

The naval brigade returns to the ships, which then disperse across the empire.

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Location: Benin



HMS Philomel Arrives Back in Britain

Mar 22, 1902

HMS Philomel arrives back in Britain after fighting in the Second Boer War. she is paid off and laid up in the Firth of Forth

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Location: Britain



HMS Philomel is Sent to the Mediterranean

1908

HMS Philomel is re-commissioned and sent to the Mediterranean Fleet. She provides assistance in the wake of the earthquake at Messina in Sicily, and is then transferred to the East Indies Station.

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Location: Mediterranean



HMS Philomel is Lent to New Zealand

1913

HMS Philomel is lent to New Zealand as a training cruiser

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Location: New Zealand



HMS Philomel joins the New Zealand Navy

Jul 15, 1914

HMS Philomel is commissioned into the newly formed New Zealand Navy. She is New Zealand's first warship.

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Location: New Zealand



German Samoa Expedition

Aug 15, 1914

An expedition leaves New Zealand to take German Samoa

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Location: Pacific ocean



HMS Philomel Arrives in Singapore

Nov 12, 1914

HMS Philomel arrives in Singapore after hunting SMS Emden in the Indian Ocean. She then escorts 3 troopships through the Suez Canal.

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Location: Singapore



HMS Philomel in the Mediterranean

Jan 1915

After a refit in Malta HMS Philomel begins operations against the Ottoman Empire

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Location: Mediterranean



HMS Philomel Landing Party

Feb 08, 1915

HMS Philomel lands a landing party in Southern Turkey. They encounter a large Turkish formation and 3 sailors are killed in the fight. These are the first New Zealanders killed serving with a New Zealand formation.

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Location: Anatolia



HMS Philomel Paid Off

Mar 1915

HMS Philomel arrives in Wellington Harbour to be paid off. She is then covered into a depot ship to support minesweeping operations.

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Location: New Zealand



HMS Philomel Becomes a Training Ship

Mar 1921

HMS Philomel is recommissioned as a training base for the New Zealand Navy.

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Location: New Zealand



HMS Philomel Becomes Hmnzs Philomel

Oct 1941

HMS Philomel is transferred to the Royal New Zealand Navy and becomes HMNZS Philomel

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Location: New Zealand



Hmnzs Philomel is Paid Off

Jan 17, 1947

HMNZS Philomel is paid off and scrapped. Her fittings are removed and recycled to be used on a merchant coaster.

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Location: New Zealand



Hmnzs Philomel is Sunk

Aug 06, 1949

The hulk of HMNZS Philomel is sunk near Cuvier Island

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Location: New Zealand