Armed vessels formed part of
the early history of what is now the State of Victoria. Customs vessels
contained armouries and were partly crewed by Aboriginal trackers to catch
bushrangers along the coastline. A blue water ship was envisioned by Governor
Sir Charles Hotham, himself a Royal Navy celebrity, and he authorised the
building of Her Majesty's Colonial Steam Sloop Victoria at Limehouse in
London in 1855. This was Australia's first steam warship -- and Australia's
first real naval ship.
Later ships of the Victorian Colonial Navy include:
the largest ship in the Royal Navy -- HMS Nelson -- successively cut down
from three decks to one). Was permanently loaned to the Colony of Victoria.
Arrived in 1868. Manned mostly by the Naval Brigade.
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Gunner Tom Seabridge
Born in 1843, Tom Seabridge ran away to sea aged 12. He earned his
Baltic Campaign medal a year later. He came out in Nelson, later
serving on Cerberus,
Lonsdale and Albert as an ordinance expert. Photograph
provided by his proud grandson
CERBERUS(Iron Monitor launched 1870.
This sole survivor of the class is now a rusting breakwater in Port Phillip
Cerberus in her heyday, at full steam in Port Phillip
John White was a Chief Armourer in HMVS
Cerberus . Image provided by his proud descendant Helen Vincent (nee
White). The exact dates of his service in the Victorian Navy have
not yet been established.
Cerberus in 1998 (photo
ALBERT (gunboats launched
HMVS VICTORIA, the
second Victorian Navy vessel to bear the name.
First class torpedo boat Countess of Hopetoun,
75 tons, 130 ', 3 x 14"
torpedo tubes, built UK, completed 1891. Top speed 24
A good starting source is Jones, Colin: Australian
Colonial Navies: Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1986
SIR HARRY SMITH
-- Formerly a Water Police Depot Ship. Later a Guard Ship during
HMCSS Victoria's frequent absences. Later again, in the 1860s, was Naval
Training Ship, succeeded by HMVS Nelson.
Stephen Newing's New Zealand medal (left) won when he served
HMS Iris. He later joined the Victorian Navy, serving in
Nelson, where he earned the Victorian Long and Efficient
medal. Photos courtesy of his proud great-grandson Alec
Do you have an
ancestor who served with the Victorian Navy?
Photos of ships, Naval Brigade, individuals?
Click below for info
L P !!!
Frank Noonan is trying to compile a
database of all who served in the Victorian Navy.
Preferably, he needs documentary
information. Do you have a discharge certificate, notification of promotion,
letters or photos? Send him a photocopy and whatever details you have: Frank
Noonan, D Block, Victoria Barracks, St Kilda Road, Southbank Vic