1886 – 1905

The third of the name

On a field of blue, riding in water barry wavy. White and Blue, a mounted Cossack proper

The Chronology of HMS COSSACK

1886 – 1905

The third of the name

[as known at April 2017]

HMS Cossack – launched 3 June 1886

Torpedo Cruiser Archer Class.

Reclassified after completion as Third Class Cruisers as they were too slow for their Fleet role and considered poor sea boats. One of six built by Thompson, Glasgow. (Clydebank)

3 June1886, Launched by J & G Thomson, No 230,
1 January 1889 Commissioned,
1905 Sold to G. Graham

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The third COSSACK was a 6-gun twin-screw cruiser, launched at Clydebank on 4 June 1886. She was of 1770 tons, (1950 tons with full load).
Her length, beam, and draught were 240 ft., 36ft., and 16ft. 225ft x 36ft x 14.5ft

Propulsion consisted of 2 shaft, 4 Steel boilers with iron tubes, 3500 IHP forced draught (Compound, Horizontal Direct Acting) giving 16.5kts. Manufactured by J & G Thompson. Fitted with 3 bladed Griffiths propeller manufactured by J & G Thompson. Coal bunker capacity 369 tons.

Armament consisted of 6 x 6in BLR, 8 x 3pd quick firing, 3 x 14in Twin turret and 12 x 14 inch whitehead torpedoes. Armoury mounted on Upper Deck, forecastle and bridge. One boat fitted with 1.7 pounder MLR.

HMS Cossack, 1889.

Crew 159 – 176

1 January 1889

Ship’s company 8 Officers; 20 Petty Officers; 60 Seamen; 16 Marines. Engine Room Establishment 55. Total 159.

Ships Company

Lieutenant Sydney Travers Armitage

Stoker George Barum

Paymaster R O Bray

Naval Cadet F G P Butler

Lieutenant G Carpeudale

Surgeon A L Christie

Commander Chas Cross 

Engineer  P F Faulkner

W J Foote

Chief Engineer J Gilbert

Lieutenant (N) G F Glennie

Lieutenant RMLI Graham 

Paymaster W A Green

Lieutenant A E M GrenvilleSurgeon R Handle
Engineer I W Hann
Gunner King
Chief Surgeon F Lans
Ordinary Seaman Chas W Magan
Commander J M McQuahe
Paymaster M C Murdock
Sub Lieutenant E D Ogilvie
Acting Boatswain T Prentice
Engineer Rangling
W Robinson
Lieutenant W T Ross
Jodhua Seedie
Assistant Engineer J M Simpson
Engineer F W Smith
Gunner (T) F W Smith
Lieutenant P H Smith

 

Ship’s company drafted from HMS Royal Adelaide, HMS Indies, HMS Cambridge and HMS Defiance. Marines drafted from barracks.

Ship commissioned by Commander John .M.McQuhat who came onboard at 0900

Wind NE force 1. Barometer 30.14 inches. Temperature 44F. Employed stowing stores. Received 33lbs of beef and 168 lbs of vegetables. 250 tons 17 quarters of coal onboard. Exercised at Fire Quarters. 1800. Gave General Leave to Watch

2 January 1889 Keyham Basin Devonport. Wind northerly calm to force 1. Cloudy. Employed drawing and storing stores. Exercised at Fire Quarters. 1800. General Leave to Watch.

3 January 1889 Wind northerly force 1. Cloudy. Barometer 30.58 inches rising to 30.68 inches. Temperature 37 to 42F. Forenoon. Employed bending sails. PM employed bending sails and receiving and storing 259 lbs of beef and 100 lbs of vegetables. 1800 Fire Quarters followed by General Leave to Watch.

4 January 1889 Wind NNE force 1. Cloudy Barometer 30.62 dropping to 30.52 inches. Temperature. 40F dropping to 39F. 0800. Employed provisioning ship. Exercised at Fire Quarters. Gave General leave to watch.

5 January 1889 Keyham Basin Devonport. Wind northerly force 1. Overcast. Barometer. 30.43 falling to 30.20 inches. Temperature 37F rising to 41F before falling to 39F at midnight. Employed storing holds. Received 345 lbs of beef and 100lbs of vegetables. Paid monthly money and issued soap and tobacco. Exercised at Fire Quarters and gave General Leave to watch.

6 January 1889. Calm and cloudy. Barometer 30.12 dropping to 30.02 inches. Temperature 34 rising to 41F. 0930 Mustered by Divisions. Sent Ship’s company to church. 1600. Mustered at Quarters.

7 January 1889 Wind SSE force 1. Cloudy. Barometer 29.99 dropping to 29.96 at Midnight. Temperature41F rising to 49F at noon. 0700. Watered ship – 7 tons. 1000. Lt. A.E.M. Grenville joined. 1500. Torpedo guns crews at drill. Exercised at Fire Quarters. Gave general leave to watch. Used 5 tons of coal.

8 January 1889 Wind south-easterly force 3 to 4 increasing to 5 at 2000. Barometer 29.81 falling to 29.51 inches. Temperature 49F rising 51F. 0330. Lit fires and received steam in both boilers. 0800. Received 211 lbs of beef and 105 lbs of vegetables. 0930. Steaming for trial in basin. Tried electric lights and torpedo tubes air reservoirs. Employed spreading and fitting awnings. Exercised Torpedo guns crews. Noon. Stopped steaming. Afternoon – as forenoon. Torpedo guns crews at drill. 1400. Read Warrant number 1. 1600 Mustered at General and Fire Quarters. General leave to watch.

9 January 1889. Wind south-westerly to westerly force 6 decreasing to 4 at midnight. Cloudy and squally. Barometer 29.58 falling to 29.59 inches at noon. Temperature 51F. 0930 Exercised at General Quarters – boarders etc. PM .Employed installing awnings. Expended 5 tons of coal and 1 ton of distilled water. 1700. Exercised at Fire Quarters. Gave General leave to watch.

10 January 1889 Wind north-westerly force 5 to 6 decreasing to force 2 later. Cloudy and squally. Barometer 29.50 rising to 29.72 at 200o. Temperature 44 rising to 45 at noon before falling to 39F at midnight. 0900 Mustered by Divisions and read prayers. Employed as requisite. PM. Employed storing Warrant Officer’s stores. Received 110lbs of beef and 60 lbs of vegetables. 1600. Mustered at Quarters. Exercised at Fire Quarters. Gave General Leave to Watch.

11 January 1889. Wind ENE force 1. Cloudy. Barometer 29.72 falling to 29.61 inches a noon. Midnight 29.35Inches. Temperature 36F rising to 42F at noon. Used 5 tons of coal and 2 tons of distilled water. 0900. Employed cleaning and hoisting boats. 1600. Exercised at Fire quarters. Gave General leave to watch.

12 January 1889 Wind ENE to NE force 1. Cloudy. Barometer 29.30 to 29.85 inches at midnight. Temperature at 0400 41F falling to 40F at noon before rising to 42F at midnight. Used 5 tons of coal and 5 tons of water. Employed as requisite. Received 141 lbs beef and 71 lbs of vegetables. No person on the sick list. PM Cleaning ship. 1600. Exercised at Fire quarters. General leave to watch.

13 January 1889. Wind N by E to ENE force 1. Overcast and cloudy. Barometer 29.84 rising to 30.20 inches at midnight. Temperature 41F rising to 48F at noon before falling to 41F at midnight. 0800. Sent Roman Catholics to Chapel. 0930. Mustered by divisions and sent party to Dockyard Church. Used 5 tons of coal and 1 ton of water. 1600. Mustered at Quarters.

14 January 1889. Wind NE to ENE force 1 to 2. Overcast and cloudy. Barometer steady at 30.21 inches. Temperature 40F increasing to 45F at noon. Used 5 tons of coal for ship and 7 tons 12 cwt for the engines. 0400 Alongside Keyham Yard and lit fires to raise steam in all boilers. 1000. Proceeded out of harbour. 1115 Proceeded on steam trial. 1300 Returned to Plymouth sound. Carried out trials of Whitehead torpedoes with ship under way. 1515 steamed to buoy. Let fires die out. 1615. Read and exercised Fire stations. Special leave to Watch.

15 January 1889 Plymouth Sound. Wind East to South be East force 1 increasing to 3. Overcast and cloudy. Barometer 30.20 falling to 29.47 at midnight. Temperature 41F increasing to 47F at noon.0500. Steam up in boilers. 0900. Employed getting and storing ammunition. PM as forenoon. 1400. Swing ship for adjustment of compass. Received 221 lbs of beef and 20 lbs of vegetables.

16 January 1889 Plymouth Sound. Wind SSE to S by E force 4 increasing to 6 at noon before decreasing to force 3 to 4 in the afternoon. Barometer 29.88alling to 28.82 at noon before rising to 30.08 inches at midnight. Temperature 45/46F. 0400. Lit fires and raised steam in all boilers. Steam up in cutters. 0940. Slipped from buoy and proceeded on steam trial. 1300 Employed as requisite. 1430 returned into Plymouth Sound. 1515. Stopped and secured to buoy in Barnpool. 1600 Let fires die out. Fire Quarters. 1700 special leave to watch.

17 January 1889 Barnspool Plymouth. Wind Se to E by N force 1. Overcast. Barometer 30.16 rising to 30.47 inches at midnight. Temperature 44F at 0400 dropping to 41F at noon before rising to 44F at 1600. Number sick – 1. 0400. Steam up in cutter. 0700. Preparing for coaling. 0930 Read and exercised Stations – Man /dress ship. Man/dress boats. Close watertight doors. 1400 Musteres by the Open List. 1445. Commenced coaling. Received 216 lbs of beef and 80lbs of vegetables. Watered ship reciving11 tons. 1615. Finished coaling receiving 32 tons. Gave privilege leave to watch. Mr F.G. P. Butler a naval cadet joined for passage to Boadicea.

18 January 1889 In Barnpool Plymouth. Wind NW to W by S to West force 1. Fog becoming overcast. Barometer 30.48rising to 30.50 inches at noon before falling to 30.48 inches at midnight. Temperature. 38F increasing to 51 F at noon. 0400. Steam up in cutter. 0800 Employed cleaning ship and as requisite.1300 Employed drawing stores. 1500. Marine detachment inspected by Lt. Graham RMLI. 1600 special leave to petty officer.

19 January 1889 Plymouth.(Bainpool) Wind NW force 1. Overcast with cloud. Barometer 30.40 rising to 30.44 inches at noon before falling. Temperature 48 F rising to 57F at noon 1000. Five sick persons onboard. Captain R. King came onboard to inspect ship. Mustered by the Open List. Exercised at General Quarters, Fire Quarters and small arms men. Exercised at manning and arming boats. 1400. Received 274 lbs of beef and 100lbs of vegetables. Expended 8 cwt of coal. Special leave to Watch.

20 January 1889 Plymouth. (Bainpool) Wind north-westerly force 1 to 2. Overcast and cloudy. Barometer 30.34 falling to 30.29 inches at noon before rising to 30.46 inches at midnight. Temperature 45F rising to 55F at noon. Six sick persons onboard.0600. Steam up in cutter. 0800. HMS Amphion sailed [HMS Amphion launched in 1846, a wooden-hulled screw frigate.] 0920. HMS Partridge sailed. [HMS Partridge (1822) was a 10-gun Cherokee-class brig-sloop launched at Plymouth 12 December, 1888; Lieutenant & Commander Alfred F. Welldon, 3 January, 1891]1030 Mustered by Divisions. 1045. Lit fires and raised steam in all boilers. 1300 Preparing for sea. 1600 slipped from buoy and proceeded under steam out of Sound. 1645 mustered at Quarters. 1730 Eddystone abeam. Shaped course to SW. 85 revolutions. Modest swell. Draught of water -Forward 13 feet 9 inches – Aft 15 feet 6 inches. Expended 11 tons 18 cwt of coal.

21 January 1889 Plymouth to Gibraltar. Position at noon 47.19N 6.32W. Course SW 10 knots. Wind northerly force 2 increasing to 4. Overcast and cloudy. Barometer 30.37 falling to 30.35 inches at noon and to 30.27 inches at midnight. Temperature 56F falling to 53F at noon. Moderate swell. Noon distance 193.7 nautical miles. 0355. Ushant light 0900 Mustered by Divisions. Read prayers. 1000. Exercised at General Quarters. 1100 1st and 3rd guns crews at drill. 1300. 1st and 3rd guns crews at drill. 1600. Mustered at Quarters. Expended 18 tons 16 cwt of coal.

22 January 1889 Plymouth to Gibraltar. Position at noon 43.40N 9.16W. Course SW 10 knots reducing to 4 knots at 1300 before increasing to 10 knots at 1600.
Wind NE to ENE force 2 increasing to force 8. Overcast and cloudy. Barometer 30.19 falling to 30.12 inches at 1600 before slowly rising. Temperature 53F rising to 55F at noon before falling to 48F. Heavy swell. Noon distance 240 nautical miles. 0900. Musters by divisions. Prayers. 1000. Employed unstoring booms. 3rd guns crew at drill. 100. Let fires die out in 4th boiler. 1230 Altered course to S by W ¾ W. 1400. Washed clothes. 1445 Observed land on port beam. 1730 Observed Cape Finisterre light E ¼ N. 2300 heavy Squall

23 January 1889 Plymouth to Gibraltar. Position at noon 39.45N 9.5W. Course
South-westerly until 1800 and then south. Speed 10 knots until 1500 increasing to 10 at 1700. Wind NE force 8 reducing to 4 to 5 in the afternoon. Overcast and squally. Barometer 30.04 falling to 29.97 at 1600. Before slowly rising to 30.08 inches at midnight. Temperature 47F rising to 58F at 1600. Considerable swell. Noon distance 239.9 nautical miles. 0730 Altered course to S ¼ E. 0900 Mustered by division and read prayers. Employed as requisite. 1225 Cape Fariloes Rocks SE ¼ S. employed as requisite. 1530 Altered course to S by W ¾ W. Mustered at Quarters. Exercised at Fire Quarters. 1700 read Warrant No 2 and 3. 1745 Roca light abeam. Observed Cape Espichel Light SSE. 2008. Espichel Light abeam. Expended 24 tons and 10 cwt of coal.

24 January 1889 Plymouth to Gibraltar. Position at noon. 36.21N 7.42W. Course SE to SE by E ¼ S. speed 10 knots increasing to 11. Wind east force 4 reducing to 2 in the afternoon. Broken cloud. Barometer 30.01 rising to 30 10 inches at noon before falling to 30.04 at 1600 then rising again to 30.10 at midnight. Temperature 60F falling to 48F. Slight swell to a comfortable swell. Noon distance 242 miles. 0230. Observed Cape Vincent on port beam. 0350 Rounding Cape Vincent. 0430. Cape St Vincent abeam Shaped course to SE ½ S. 0900. Mustered by Division and read prayers. 0930. Altered course to SE by E. 1000. Lit fires in fourth boiler. Increased to 90 revolutions. Exercised at General Quarters. Man and clean ship etc. 1230. Altered course to SE by E. 1220.connected 4th boiler and increased revolutions to 95. Made and mended clothes. 1545. Observed land on port bow. 1600 Mustered at Quarters. Exercised Watch – “out collision mat”. 1700 observed land on Starboard bow. Altered course to SE by E ¼ S.1745. Observed Cape Trafalgar Light on port beam. 2000. Course as requisite through the Straits. 2300. Stopped and came to off New Mole Gibraltar with sandy bottom in 10 fathoms. Veered to 3 ½ shackles. Banked fires in 2 boilers. Let 2 boilers die out. Found here HMS GRAPPLER. Coal expended 25 tons 9 cwt. 7 crew on sick list.

25 January 1889 At single anchor at Gibraltar. Wind northerly force 2 to 3. Increasing to 5 or 6 in the afternoon. Cloudy with occasional squalls from noon. Barometer 30.10 inches rising to 30.18 at noon. 30.12 inches at 1600 rising to 30.25 inches at midnight. Temperature 48F rising to 50F at noon before falling. 0800. Weighed and proceeded alongside high mole. Let fires die out. 0915 Commercial coaling. 1345 finished coaling receiving 100 tons. Cleaned ship. 11700 Special leave to watch. Washed clothes. 1900 Watered ship receiving 14 tons. Expended 1 ton 7cwt of coal. 10 crew on sick list.

26 January 1889 Alongside the high mole Gibraltar. Wind SSW swinging to westerly then becoming NW at noon before becoming west at 1600. Force 3 to 4 decreasing to calm. Overcast with rain early morning. Barometer 30.25 increasing to 30.55 inches at noon and falling to 30.28 at midnight. Temperature 51F increasing to 57F at 1600 before falling. 0630. HMS Caster arrived. [A 36-gun fifth rate frigate of the Royal Navy] 0730 took the Guard. 0800. Employed cleaning ship throughout. PM Cleaning ship as requisite. Received 405 lbs of fresh beef and 180 lbs of vegetables. 1600 special leave to watch. Expended 5 cwt coal. 11 crew on sick list.

27 January 1889. Alongside the mole Gibraltar. Wind calm increasing to force 1 from WNW. Cloudy. Barometer 30.38 inches rising 30.44 inches at 1600. Temperature 48F rising to 52F at noon before falling to 50F. . 0730 HMS Grappler relived the Guard. 0800 Sent Roman Catholics and Wesleyans to chapel. 0930 Mustered by Divisions and sent Ship’s company to church. 1400. Privilege leave to watch. 1600 Mustered at Quarters. Expended 3cwt of coal. 10 crew on sick list.

28 January 1889. Alongside the mole at Gibraltar. Wind NNW calm to force 1. Broken cloud. Barometer 30.51 inches rising to 30.60 inches at 1600. Temperature 49F rising to 61F at 1600 before falling to 58F at midnight. Draught of water forward 14 feet. Aft 15 feet 6 inches. 0500. Lit fires and raised steam in all boilers. 0700 received270 lbs of fresh beef and120 lbs of vegetables. 0830. HMS Caster sailed. 0900. Mustered by Divisions. Read prayers. 1100. Hauled off mole and proceeded out of harbour under steam. 1300. Proceeded on 6 hour speed trial at 14 knots. Observed Channel Squadron on port bow.1430. Passed a French gunboat steaming to the westward. Employed as requisite. 1600. Mustered at Quarters. Issued clean hammocks. Exercised Man and Dress Ship. 1742Steam trial ended. 1815. Let steam die out in 4th boiler. Midnight. Steaming at 80 revolutions 9.5 knots.

29 January 1889 Gibraltar to Malta. Position at noon 35.32N 0.12E. Course E by S. Speed 9.5 to 9.8 knots. Wind East / SSE SE force 1 to 2. Broken cloud. Barometer 30.57 inches falling to 39.39 at 1600. Temperature 56F. 0600. Daylight Land on starboard beam. Scrubbed hammocks and washed clothes. 0900. Mustered by Divisions and read prayers. Employed variously. 1600 Mustered at quarters. Exercised electric searchlights. 1930. Observed light on starboard bow. 2045. Light abeam about 11 nautical miles. 2230. Observed light on starboard beam. Expended 15 tons 11cwt coal. 11 crew on sick list.

30 January 1889. Gibraltar to Malta. Position at noon37.11N5.27E Course E ¼ S. 9.5 knots increasing to 10 knots at 1400. Wind SE force 3 to 4 decreasing to calm. Broken cloud. Barometer 30.26 increasing to 30.29 at noon before falling back to 30.26 inches. Temperature rising to 64F. 0023. Light abeam at 5 nautical miles. 0255. Cape Bengut (Algeria) on starboard bow 6.5 nautical miles. 0900. Muster by Divisions. Prayers. Exercised at General Quarters.1100. Set fore and aft sails. Employed as requisite. 1300 Increased to 85 revolutions (10 knots). 1500. Cape Bougarani Light House abeam. 1600. Muster at Quarters. Exercised at “man and dress ship”. 1700 In fore and aft sails. 1815. Observed Cape de Fes light over starboard bows. Expended 17 tons 14 cwt of coal. 14 crew on sick list.

31 January 1889. Gibraltar to Malta. Position at noon 37.14N 10.43E. Course 0100 East. 10.5 knots Wind Westerly force 3 to 4 increasing to 5. Broken cloud becoming overcast. Barometer 30.22 falling to 30.11 inches at midnight. Temperature 58F rising to 60F at midnight. Sea temperature 60F. 0315 Observed Galita Island SSE. 0400. Altered course to SE by E ¼ E. 0810. Observed light house SE ½ E. 0915 Mustered by divisions for prayers.0930. Lani (?) rocks abeam. Exercised at General Quarters. Reduced to 5.5 knots. 0940. Altered course to SSE by ½ E. Employed as requisite. 1100. Increased to 10.5 knots. 1340 Cape Bon abeam. Make and mend clothes. 1600 Mustered at Quarters. Exercised Fire Quarters. 1630. Observed Pantelleria Island on starboard bow. Issued Slops to Ships Company 1830. Altered course to SE ¾ E. 2000. Reduced to 7.5 knots. Expended 17tons 5 cwt.

1 February 1889. 0100. Course SE ¾ E 8.8 knots. Cloudy with squalls and showers. Wind northerly force 3 to 4. Barometer 30.10 inches falling to 30.06 inches at midnight. Temperatures 57Frising to 62F at 1600 before falling. 0345. Observed Gozo Light abeam. 0400 Course SE by E ½ E2.2 knots. 0715. Altered course to SE by S ½ E and increased to 80 Revolutions. 9.5 knots. Wind N by W. 0900. Made light to Palace Tower. 1000. Stopped and secured to buoy in Dockyard Creek. Let fires die out PM. 1130 Commenced coaling. Found here HMS Alexandra (Flag), BENBOW, COLOSSUS, SULTAN, DREADNAUGHT, CARYSFOOT, POLYPHEMUS, DOLPHIN, ALACRITY, HIBERNIA (Flag),GANNET, COCKATRICE, ALBERCORE. German frigates STORSH (Flag), CHARLOTTE, GNEISENAU, MOLTOKE and a Turkish corvette. 1700. Finished coaling. Paid monthly money to Ship’s Company. Special leave to watch. Received 120lbs of fresh beef and 40lbs of fresh vegetables. 10 persons on sick list. Expended 6 tons 4 cwt of coal

2 February 1889. At Malta. Wind northerly force 2. Broken cloud. Barometer 30.00 inches dropping to 29.99 inches at midnight. Temperature 59F. 0900. Employed cleaning ship throughout. Watered ship receiving 18 tons. Received 24o lbs of fresh beef and 80 lbs of vegetables. PM cleaning sip as necessary. 1700. Special leave to watch. 10 persons on sick list. 3cwt of coal expended.

3 February 1889. In dockyard Creek Malta. Wind NW force 1 with broken cloud. Barometer 29.92 falling to 29.89 inches at midnight. Temperature 58F at noon. 0930 Mustered by Divisions. Sent Ship’s Company to Dockyard Church. PM Leave to Watch. 1600 mustered at Quarters. Expended 3 cwt of coal. 16 persons on sick list

4 February 1889. In dockyard Creek Malta. Wind SE force 1. Broken cloud. Barometer 29.82 inches falling to 29.68 inches at midnight. Temperature 62F at noon. 0920 HMS Malabar arrived, Gave General Leave to Starboard Watch. Employed as requisite. PM received 120 lbs of fresh beef and 40 lbs of vegetables. 1615 Mustered at Quarters. Midnight HMS Malabar sailed. Coal expended -3 cwt. 9 persons on sick list.

5 February 1889. In dockyard Creek Malta. Wind SE force 1 becoming west and calm. Broken calm clearing. Barometer 29.72 rising to 30.00 inches at midnight. Temperature 70F at noon. 0800 Gave General leave to port Watch. 0915 mustered by Divisions and read prayers. Employed as requisite. Pm received 120 lbs of fresh beef and 40 lbs of vegetables. Employed as requisite. 1615 Mustered by Quarters. 3 cWT of coal expended. 9 persons on sick list

6 February 1889. In dockyard Creek Malta. Wind NE force I becoming SE force 1 at 1600 broken cloud clearing. Barometer 30.02 inches falling to 29.88 at midnight. Temperature 65F at noon. 0930 Mustered by divisions read prayers. Employed as requisite. 1320 manned and armed boats. Received 24o lbs of fresh beef and 80 lbs of vegetables. 1630 mustered at Quarters. Read warrants numbers 4, 5 and 6. Gave special leave to watch. Expended 3cwt of coal. 10 persons on sick list.

7 February 1889. In dockyard Creek Malta. Wind SE force 1 becoming north westerly force 3 increasing to 4 in the afternoon. Cloudy turning to broken cloud. Barometer 29.88 rising to 29.90 inches at midnight. Temperature 57F at noon. Draught water forward13 feet 10 inches. Aft 15 feet 3inches. 0415 Lit fires in and raised steam in two boilers. 0800. Preparing for sea and as requisite. 1100 Slipped from buoy and proceeded out of harbour. 1130 Shaped course to SE by ½ E. PM make and mend clothes. 1600 Mustered at Quarters. Read warrant number 7. Exercised at General Quarters. Expended 7 tons 10 cwt of coal. 10 persons on sick list

8 February 1889. Malta To Port Said. Position at noon 34.58N 18.20E. Course SE by ½ E 8 knots reducing to 7 knots PM. Wind Southerly force 1 with broken cloud becoming northerly force 3 to 4 with squalls towards midnight. Barometer 29.85 falling to 29.58 inches at midnight. Temperature 55F at noon. Sea Temperature 66F. 0900 Mustered by Divisions and read prayers. Exercised at General Quarters. Firing at target. Expended
42 x Cartridge SC 6” 21lbs
42 x Cartridge Quick firing 3 pounder shell
6 x Cartridge Quick firing 3 pounder steel shell
400 x (Unable to read handwriting) 45”
24 x Shot P …… R.L 6”
6 x shell filled cartridges R.L. 6”
6 x F…. ?????
40 x Tubes K.S.
Signed by Gunner and Commanding Officer

Noon Picked up target and proceeded. PM Employed making canvas gear and as requisite. 1600 Mustered at Quarters. Issued Slops – Soap and tobacco to ship’s company. Washed clothes. Expended 12 tons 1cwt of coal. 11 person on the sick list.

9 February 1899. Malta to Port Said. Position at noon 33.57N 21.56E. Course SE by ½ E at 8 knots. Wind northerly force 3 to 5 with cloudy skies and squalls. Confused Sea. Wind becomes westerly force 8 at 1600 with heavy seas. Barometer.29.59 rising to 29.98 inches at midnight. Temperature 56F at noon. 0900. Employed cleaning ship throughout. 1100. Altered course to SE by E ¾ E. Noon. Reduced to 65 revolutions. 1230 Revolutions 40. 5 knots Altered course to ESE. Two iron crutches lost overboard by accident from whaler when unhooked by sea. 1530 Heavy squalls with rain. 1545 Brought ship to the wind. 1600 Course WSW ½ knot. Eased to 40 revolutions. 1640 course WNW 1 knot. Mustered at Quarters. 2145. Latitude by Polaris 32.53N. Coal expended 9 tons 19 cwt. 12 persons on sick list.

10 February 1899. Malta to Port Said. Position at noon 34.6N 22.9E. Course WNW. Wind westerly force 9 later reducing later to force 7 Cloudy with squalls. Barometer 29.89 inches steady. Temperature at noon 65F. 0930 Mustered by Divisions and performed divine Service. 1210 altered course to SE by E ½ E. Increased to 85 revolutions 8 knots. 1500. Ship rolling heavily. Brought to the wind and reduced to 40 revolutions 1 knot.1600. Mustered at Quarters. Expended 11tons 1 cwt of coal. 18 persons on sick list. Distance ran through the water 48.8 nautical miles course and distance made good N32 E 18 nautical miles.

11 February 1899. Malta to Port Said. Position at noon 33.51N 22.50E. Course W to NW 1 knot. Wind 6 to 7 reducing to force 4 at noon and then 2 to 3. Cloudy with squalls becoming broken cloud. Barometer 29.94 rising to 30.12 inches at midnight. Temperature at noon 57F. 0500 course NW ½ N. lost overboard by heavy seas night life buoy and hand spike. 0815. Lit fires and raised steam in 3 boiler. Proceeded at 70 revolutions course ESE. 0915 Mustered by Divisions and read prayers. Employed as requisite. Ordinary Seamen of Watch at Seamanship instruction. 1145 Connected third boiler and increased to 75 revolutions – 9 knots. 1230 altered course to SE by E ¾ E. Employed as requisite. Ordinary Seamen of watch at rifle drill. 1400 mustered at Quarters. Washed clothes. 1715 increased to 85 revolutions – 10.5 knots. Expended 15 tons 16 cwt of coal. 13 persons on sick list.

12 February 1889. Malta to Port Said. Position at noon 32.46N 27.38E. Course SE by E ¾ E. 10.5 knots. Wind south force 1 becoming westerly at 0600 force 2 to 3. Slight swell. Broken cloud becoming overcast. Barometer 30.05 rising to 30.18 at midnight. Temperature at noon 62F. 0915. Mustered by Divisions and inspected arms. Read prayers. Exercised landing Party. Seamen of the Watch at rifle drill. Employed as requisite. PM employed variously. 1600 Mustered at Quarters. Exercised man and arm ship. Expended 21 tons 1cwt of coal. 13 persons on sick list.

13 February 1889. Malta to Port Said. Position at noon 31.28N 32.7E. Course SE by E ¾ E. 11.2 knots. Wind east force 1 with broken cloud. Barometer 30.12 inches falling to 30.10 at midnight. Temperature at noon 68F. 0300 Observed Rosetta Light South. 0345 altered course to E ¾ S. 0540 Observed Baltim Light SE ¾ E. 0715. Altered course to E by S ¾ S. Lost overboard by accident one hand lead. 0900 Observed Damietta Light over starboard bow. Mustered by Divisions and read prayers. Exercised stations “man and arm boats”. Employed as requisite. Noon. Observed Port Said Light on starboard bow.1345. Stopped took pilot onboard and proceed into Port Said. 1415. Stopped and came to in innermost basin. Found HMS F…… here. Received 120 lbs of fresh beef and 50 lbs of vegetables. Banked fires. 1600. Commenced coaling. 1845 Finished coaling receiving 95 tons. Found here French ironclad Vau…… and corvette Saka (?) Flag. Expended 26 tons 13 cwt of coal. 9 persons on sick list.

14 February 1889. Port Said. Wind North to NE force 1 with broken cloud. Barometer 30.07 inches falling to 30.04 inches at noon and 29.86 at midnight. Temperature at noon 62F. 0400. Steam up in cutter 0800. Employed cleaning ship throughout. PM employed as requisite. 1600. Washed clothes. Received 240lbs of fresh beef and 100lbs of fresh vegetables. 2000. Exercised electric search light. Expended 1 ton 13 cwt of coal. 6 persons on sick list

15 February 1899. Port Said to Suez. In Ismail Basin. Wind south westerly force 1 increasing to force 5 to 6 at noon. Barometer 29.70 rising to 29.90 inches at midnight. Temperature at noon 63F. 0400. Stem up in cutter. 0915. Entered canal. Steaming as requisite. Employed variously. 1530 Stopped and proceeded in Kantara Siding. 1600. Lost overboard by accident one iron boathook and stave. 1620. Mustered at Quarters. Expended 6 tons 17cwt of coal. 5 persons on sick list

16 February 1899. Port Said to Suez. Wind SW becoming W by N at 1600. Force 1 with broken cloud. Barometer 29.92 inches rising to 29.99 inches at midnight. Temperature at noon 64F. 0640. Proceeded through canal. 0900 Cleaned ship throughout. 1020. Stopped and came to off Ismailia. Banked fires. PM cleaned ship. 1615. Mustered at Quarters and issued clean hammocks. Expended 1 ton 7 cwt of coal. 6 persons on sick list.

17 February 1899. Port Said to Suez. Wind calm becoming ESE and south at 1600. Force 1 with broken cloud. Barometer 29.94 inches falling 29.85 at midnight. Temperature at noon 66F. 0400. Steam up in cutter. 0745. Weighed and proceeded through the canal. 1010 Mustered by Divisions and performed Divine Service. 1530 Stopped and came to in Suez Bay with sandy bottom in 6 fathoms. Veered to 1 ¾ shackles. Banked fires. 1600 Mustered at Quarters. Expended 7 tons of coal. 6 person on sick list.

18 February 1899. Suez to Jeddah. AM at single anchor. Wind SW becoming west at 0800, SW at noon to S at 1600. Force 1 with broken cloud. Barometer 29.89 inches rising to 30.01 at midnight. Temperature at noon 65F. 0500. Received 120 lbs of fresh beef and 60 lbs of fresh vegetables. 0900 Employed as requisite. 1100. Running Whitehead torpedoes at anchor. 1330. Weighed. Exercised running Whitehead torpedoes whilst under weigh. 1500. Steaming as requisite. Received 220 lbs of fresh beef and 160 lbs of vegetables. 1700. Proceeded out of bay at 85 revolutions. Course as requisite. 1720. Shaped course to S ½ W at 6.8 knots. 1900. Altered course to S by E ½ E at 9.8 knots. 2040. Observed Lofasana Light S by W ¼ W. 2100 Altered course to S by E ½ E at 1.8 knots increasing to 9.8 knots. Coal expended 8 tons 17 cwt..

In September 1890 nine German traders were murdered in Vitu, a small about 230 miles north of Zanzibar.

24 October 1890. Boats from the COSSACK, Commander J.M. McQuahe, and those from two other ships proceeded to Baltia and burned the village.

26 October 1890 A Naval Brigade of 700 seamen and marines was landed, under the personal command of Vice-Admiral the Hon. Edmund Fremantle. Meeting with some brisk resistance en route, the expedition captured the town of Vitu on October 27th. The town and the sultan’s house were burned, and the brigade returned to their ships with 12 men wounded, and several cases of sunstroke.

Ship’s complement at 14 January 1895

16 March 1875 1345 George Barum – Stoker – died in hospital from Typhoid fever.
1645. Chas. W. Magan – Ordinary Seaman – died in hospital from Typhoid fever.

11 April 1895. Discharged W. J. Foote – Sick Bay attendant – to prison

2 May 1895. 1345. Joshua Seedie – late of HMS Bonaventure on passage to Colombo; not borne on ship’s books, departed this life. Cause of death ascertained by post mortem examination being due to sudden failure of the heart’s action caused by pneumonias and pericarditis. Committed to the deep at 1730.

HMS Cossack a third-class cruiser which served in the China Sea c.1900.

Commander Nicholson and his crew on board HMS Cossack c.1900.

November 1902 to March 1903 COSSACK commanded by Commander Montagu G. Cartwright, was one of a squadron of six ships, under Rear-Admiral Sir Charles Drury with his flag in “Highflyer,” which took part in the Somaliland campaign in various coastal capacities. The ships assisted in landing troops and stores, transport work, and in the prevention of delivery of munitions of war to the enemy.

1905 the COSSACK was sold to G Graham

Starboard side view of the third class cruiser (Formerly Torpedo Cruiser) HMS Cossack alongside. Originally three masted, she has now been altered to a two masted rig. Note the prominent 6” gun mountings sponsoned out from the side forward and amidships. A third weapon is just visible behind the boat aft. Torpedo tubes are mounted in the bows and inset into the ships side beneath the anchor and well aft.

22 March 1892 Re-commissioned at Bombay under the command of Commander Chas. H. Cross. Crew of late commission proceeded to P & O SS Shannon. Lost accidently one boathook and ash staff.

 

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