On This Day
1850-1899 > Colonial Navies & RN
On This Day - 1850-1899
- May 31, 1856
The sloop-of war HMCS VICTORIA, (CMDR W. H. Norman, RN), arrived at Port Phillip, Melbourne, VIC, on her maiden voyage from the United Kingdom. VICTORIA was proclaimed as the ‘first vessel of war built to the order of a British colony’, thus launching Australia’s first colonial navy.
- April 8, 1856
The Williamstown division of the Victorian Marine Artillery Corps was formed to defend Port Phillip.
- December 12, 1855
The steam war sloop HMVS VICTORIA, (CAPT Lockyer, RN), sailed from the Thames on her maiden voyage to Australia.
- October 17, 1855
CAPT William Loring, CB, RN, commanded HMS FURIOUS in the attack on Kinburn Split in the Crimea. CAPT Loring was the Commodore Commanding the Australia Station from 1859 to 1860.
- June 30, 1855
HMVS VICTORIA, (sloop of war), was launched on the River Thames, London.