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Postby shipstamps » Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:52 pm

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H.M.S. Redpole visited the island in 1890, landing a passenger, Mr. H. N. Ridley, of the Singapore Botanical Gardens. He collected a number of hitherto unrecorded plants. The Redpole was a gunboat (1st Class), one of half-a-dozen sister-ships all named after birds. She had a composite hull, displacement was 805 tons, length 165 ft., beam 31 ft. and draft 11 ft. 7 in. She was completed at Pembroke Dock on June 13, 1889. Engines were by Earle, of 1,200 i.h.p. Armed with six 4 in. and four machine guns, her speed was 13 knots. On May 15, 1906, she was sold for breaking up, to Cox, of Falmouth. SG38
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