british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Afrikander II (+1937)
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nationality british
purpose war
type gunboat
propulsion steam
date built 1879
weight (tons) 254 
dimensions 25.91 x 7.92 x 1.83 m
engine 2 Cyl. Horizontal single expansion steam engines, twin screw.
armament One 10" muzzle gun removed in 1902.
power 260  h.p.
about the loss
cause lost scuttled
other reasons [1] gunfire - shelled
[2] deliberate
date lost 00/00/1937  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Pembroke Dockyard, Deptford (Thames)
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[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMS Afrikander II (+1937)
period 1932 ~ 1937
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[2]South African Navy
HMSAS Afrikander
period 1923 ~ 1932
[3]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMS Afrikander
period 1920 ~ 1923
[4]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMS Tickler
period 1879 ~ 1919
no. of crew 30
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Allen Tony27/01/2011HMS Tickler was a Royal Navy Gadfly-class flat-iron gunboat launched in 1879. She was transferred to Simon's Town in South Africa in 1902 and converted to a steam lighter.

In 1919 she became HMS Afrikander and was transferred to the South African Naval Service in 1923, becoming HMSAS Afrikander. She was returned to the Royal Navy in December 1932 and renamed HMS Afrikander II in 1933.

She was finally scuttled and sunk by gunfire at Simon's Town in 1937 by HMS Daffodil.
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British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London

In 1509 when Henry VIII was crowned he realised the growing navel power of King James IV of Scots. James had built an impressive fleet to control the Western Isles and was allied to France. Henry built up of his own fleet, the Navy Royal, as it was then known. New ships were constructed, the best known being the Mary Rose. Smaller types of warships (galleases) combining the best features of oars, sails and guns were also built. By Henry's death in 1547 his fleet had grown to 58 vessels.

In 1546 a 'Council of the Marine' was established which later became the 'Navy Board'. The Navy Board was in charge of the daily administration of the navy until 1832 when it was combined with the Board of the Admiralty.

Elizabeth I inherited a fleet of only 27 ships in 1558. Instead of building up her own fleet Elizabeth encouraged private enterprise against Spain's new empire. Men like Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake to command groups of Royal and private ships to attack the Spanish. When Spain threatened invasion with its Armada in 1588 the Navy of England both Royal and private defended the realm.

Early in the Seventeenth Century, larger galleons were built with heavier armaments. the largest English ship was Sovereign of the Seas built for prestige purposes by Charles I in 1637. The first ship with three gun decks to carry her 102 guns, she was the most powerful ship in the world for many years.

When King Charles II came to the throne in 1660 he inherited a huge fleet of 154 ships. This was a permanent professional national force and the beginning of the Royal Navy as we know it today.

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