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Αmalia II

26 gun-Steam frigate

1861

 

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The steam frigate Amalia was built at the Pitcher English shipyards between 1859-1861 and on the 23rd of October 1861 she sailed to Greece.She was made completely out of wood, and had a displacement of 1680 tonnes and was armed with Paxhain guns which were bought in 1852 for Maximilian.(a Greek sail corvette acquired in 1831)

During the reign of Otto she took part in the blockade of Nafplio,for the repression of the Nafplian revolution and later for the revolution of the island of Kythnos.

 

In October 1862,a coup started which resulted in the overthrow of Otto and Amalia(the queen).The royal family was on board the Amalia during these events.The captain of the Amalia at that time was Leonidas Palaskas who escorted King Otto to his exile.

 

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(King Otto and his wife leaving the frigate Amalia in order to board the engilsh steam frigate Scylla in the background.)

 

The ship after the overthrow of the king was renamed Hellas.

 

On the 10th of October 1863, the new King George I,arrived to Greece on board the Amalia and on the same ship,at the port of Katakolo,the Great Flag of the Septinsular Republic(or the United States of the Ionian Islands) was handed to Greece by the last High Commisioner Sir Henry Knight Storks.

 

On the 25th of March 1863 she anchored at the port of Kerkyra to celebrate the integration of the Septinsular Republic.

She also carried the future Queen Olga to Brindisi of Italy on November 1867.

 

During the year of 1869 it was decided that she was to sail for Trieste for general repairs which didn't happen because of the high costs and she was towed back to Poros.During 1878,extensive reconstruction projects happened and during the periods of 1884-1885 and 1892-1905 she was used as the headquarters of the Hellinic Naval Cadets Academy.She was disarmed in 1906 and scrapped in 1914.

 

Specifications:

 

Lenght:58 meters

Width:11,6 meters

Draft:5,2 meters

Displacement:1680 tonnes

Propulsion: 300 horsepower steam engine

Speed:9 knots

Armament: 2x 22 cm Paixhans guns and 22x 24 cm Paixhans guns

 

Amalia I

22 gun corvette

1836

 

 

The corvette Amalia I was built at the Poros Naval Shipyard in 1836.Her building started on the 29th of July 1836 which was supervised by the Lieutenants Koskorozis and Theocharis. She was launched on the 13 of November 1836.Her launching coincided with the wedding of King Otto and Amalia (10-22 of November 1836).This event as result named the ship after the Queen.She was considered as one of the best ships of the era.

She was mainly used for anti-piracy and VIP transport.On the 14 of October 1852 she sunk near the island of Salamina during a storm. 

 

 

Characteristics:

Displacement:800 tonnes

Crew:7 officers,15 ΝCO's,103 sailors

 

Guns: 2x12pdr long guns and 20x32pdr carronades.

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Hi Sella,

first of all you have made a nice collection!

Recently two pieces came into my possession from a gallery here in Switzerland, the Themistocles and Agios Nikolaos.

I am trying to find the origin of the art pieces (artist, collection first appeared etc.). Do you know more information about these? 

I tried to attach here the photos but its only for URL.

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3 hours ago, Thalassoposros said:

Hi Sella,

first of all you have made a nice collection!

Recently two pieces came into my possession from a gallery here in Switzerland, the Themistocles and Agios Nikolaos.

I am trying to find the origin of the art pieces (artist, collection first appeared etc.). Do you know more information about these? 

I tried to attach here the photos but its only for URL.

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One of my main sources was this: http://www.larissa-katsigras-gallery.gr/gallery/el/artist/kriezis-antonis

The painting of the polacre of Agios Nikolaos/Saint Nicolas are from the famous French naval painter Antoine Roux.

It has been quite a while since I did my research so I can't find all of my sources. Forgive me.

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17 hours ago, Sella said:

One of my main sources was this: http://www.larissa-katsigras-gallery.gr/gallery/el/artist/kriezis-antonis

The painting of the polacre of Agios Nikolaos/Saint Nicolas are from the famous French naval painter Antoine Roux.

It has been quite a while since I did my research so I can't find all of my sources. Forgive me.

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Γιάννης

Γεια σου Γιάννη,

πράγματι βοήθησες πολύ! Ψάχνοντας ειδα ότι αυτά είναι του καλλιτεχνη Κριεζη.

Με μια μου ρίζα από Λεωνίδιο, είμαστε και συντοπίτες :)

Σε ευχαριστώ και καλή συνέχεια

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Sella, Great collection!  Do you know anything about the Bella Aurora? Her image by Antoine Roux has nailed me for 30 years.  I've been unable to find anything about the ship, where she was built, her size, owners or where the Roux watercolor resides.  Has anyone produced drawings of her? 

She strikes me as an amazing combination of a slim zebec hull and western style in her rig and decoration.

Any ideas of sources for information would be appreciated.

Lauren, Petaluma, California

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