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Life in the British Navy with a complete photographic series of HMS EURYALUS

Date: c 1905
Dimensions:
Overall: 220 x 290 mm, 5 mm
Display Dimensions: 220 x 290 mm, 5 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Books and journals
Object Name: Book
Object No: 00002651
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    Description
    This book commemorates the service of the armoured cruiser HMS EURYALUS as flagship of the Australia Station in 1904-1905.
    SignificanceThis book is an important pictorial record of the armoured cruiser HMS EURYALUS and its naval service on the Australia Station at the turn of the 20th century.
    HistoryDuring the 19th century Britain was preoccupied with increasing its colonial territories and maintaining the empire. The British Royal Navy (RN) at the height of its power divided the world into strategic zones or stations that were manned by a squadron of warships responsible for cruising and protecting British territories and shipping. Until the 1850s Australasia was covered by the East India Station, a vast area that included the Indian Ocean and the waters around Australia. After pressure from the colonial governments of New Zealand and Australia the RN formed the Australia Station as a separate command in 1859.

    The station was established to guard British shipping and trade in the Australasian region and ensure sea routes were open and safe. In 1859 the Australia Station included the British territories of New Zealand, Chatham Island, New Hebrides, Loyalty Islands, Fiji and Australia. By 1903 the boundaries were increased to include New Guinea, Caroline and Marshall Islands and the Society Islands.

    The armoured cruiser EURYALUS was built by Vickers, Sons and Maxim at Barrow and completed in 1903. The cruiser received its commission as flagship of the Australia Station in January 1904 and was commanded by Captain C L Napier. In July 1905 EURYALUS was present when Vice Admiral Sir Arthur Fanshawe was promoted to Admiral. The ship's main duties were patrolling and cruising Australia's coastline and harbours as well as undertaking goodwill visits on the Station.

    EURYALUS finished service in Australia during 1905 and was relieved by HMS POWERFUL. During World War I, EURYALUS was the flagship of Rear Admiral Christian in the North Sea and also conducted convoy operations between England and Gibraltar. Under Rear Admiral Wemyss it was flagship during the Dardanelles campaign and by 1920 it had been scrapped in Germany.
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