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1884 - Launch of CALLIOPE

24th June. The cruiser Calliope was launched from the Dockyard. In March 1889 she was in Apia harbour, Samoa with six foreign warships and several merchant ships, when a hurricane broke over them. Great waves carried first one and then another on to the reefs, the American flagship Trenton was in a sinking condition. Captain Kane of the Calliope headed her out of the harbour of doom and by the heroic exertions of the crew and, in particular the engine room, staff proceeded at one knot. In the teeth of horrendous winds and sea they passed the American flagship. A great cheer went up, raised by the American Admiral and his men, who were watching the Calliope struggle. Only she of all the ships in the harbour on that terrible day survived. After the storm Captain Kane wrote to the American Admiral thanking him for the cheer of encouragement. On receiving a characteristic letter of congratulations he ended with the remark “Blood is thicker than water”. The Calliope was broken up in 1951 at Blyth

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1884 - Launch of CALLIOPE