Troopship movements: The Crocodile 1878-1881

Data gathered from The Times (T) by Garen Ewing © 2007- www.angloaghanwar.info

The Crocodile was launched on 7 January 1867 (built by Wigram at Blackwall), and discontinued her Naval service in January 1894. During the Afghan War she was captained by Frederic Proby Doughty (1834-1892). One of five Euphrates Class troopships built specifically to transport troops through the Suez Canal to India, she measured 360 feet in length and 49 feet wide (painted white with a yellow band), with a displacement of 6,211 tons. The Crocodile was armed with three 4-pounder guns and could accommodate about 1,800 men with baggage, besides the officers and crew of the ship. She sailed at an average speed of between eight and ten knots.

The Crocodile 1878

Date

Location

Source

Notes





13/01/78

Portsmouth

T 14.1.78

left. Captain P R Sharpe
1st RA (55 men), 2nd RA (72 men)
8th RA (95 men), 2/11th (174), 1/21st (155)
65th (95), 89th (153), 70th (102), and other drafts
total: 22 sergeants, 1013 privates
56 women, 104 children. Named officers

23/01/78

Malta

T 25.1.78

arrived

24/01/78

Malta

T 26.1.78

left

28/01/78

Port said

T 29.1.78

arrived

30/01/78

Suez

T 31.1.78

left for Bombay





16/03/78

Suez

T 18.3.78

arrived from Bombay

17/03/78

Port Said

T 19.3.78

left

22/03/78

Malta

T 25.3.78

arrived

23/03/78

Malta

T 25.3.78

left for Portsmouth

01/04/78

Portsmouth

T 03.4.78

arrived
516 invalids, 175 time expired, 65 women
136 children, named officers

01/10/78

Portsmouth

T 30.9.78

left. Capt Doughty
will embark 2/14th Rgt at Queenstown
11th RA (64 men, 11 women, 23 children)
39th Rgt (1 officer, 119 men, 1 woman, 1 child); named officers

02/10/78

Lizard Point

T 03.10.78

passed by, via Cork

16/10/78

Malta

T 17.10.78

arrived

17/10/78

Malta

T 19.10.78

left

21/10/78

Port Said

T 23.10.78

arrived

22/10/78

Suez

T 24.10.78

left

07/11/78

Bombay

T 08.10.78

arrived





22/11/78

Bombay

T 23.11.78

left

06/12/78

Suez

T 09.12.78

arrived

08/12/78

Port Said

T 12.12.78

left

25/12/78

Potsmouth

T 23.12.78

expected to arrive.
581 time expired, 74 women, 177 children
Named officers





The Crocodile 1879

Date

Location

Source

Notes





15/01/79

Portsmouth

T 16.1.79

to Bombay. Captain Doughty
21 women, 20 children
2 staff sergeants, 9 sergeants
1114 rank and file, officers named

27/01/79

Malta

T 29.1.79


01/02/79

Port Said

T 04.2.79


03/02/79

Suez

T 05.2.79


10/02/79

Aden

T 11.2.79






05/03/79

Bombay

T 06.3.79

left Bombay for Portsmouth

21/03/79

Port Said

T 24.3.79


26/03/79

Malta

T 27.3.79

arrived

27/03/79

Malta

T 31.3.79

left

06/04/79

Portsmouth

T 07.4.79

arrived. 1/2nd. 38 sergants, 578 rank and file,
42 women, 117 children. Officers named.
437 invalids for Netley, 9 time expired men
65 men to join depots

15/04/79

Portsmouth


for refit





01/09/79

Portsmouth

T 02.9.79

left for the Cape. Captain Doughty
empty save a few reliefs, women and children

06/09/79

Madeira

T 08.9.79

passed

11/09/79

St.Vincent, Cape Verde

T 13.9.79

left for Natal and Bombay





30/09/79

Simon's Bay

T 17.10.79

arrived. 88th Foot for India

28/10/79

Bombay

T 29.10.79

arrived





11/11/79

Bombay

T 12.11.79

left

19/11/79

Aden

T 21.11.79

arrived

26/11/79

Suez

T 27.11.79

arrived

27/11/79

Port Said

T 29.11.79

left

02/12/79

Malta

T 04.12.79

left.

13/12/79

Portsmouth

T 15.12.79

arrived. E/6 RA
(4 officers, 143 men, 14 women, 21 children)
G/6 RA (4 officers, 127 men, 10 women, 15 children)
H/C RHA (4 officers, 124 men, 10 invalids,
15 time-expired, 9 women, 37 children)
wives & families of RHA left sick in India
Officers named.





The Crocodile 1880

Date

Location

Source

Notes





02/01/80

Portsmouth

T 03.1.80

left. Capt Doughty.
2/5th (28 officers, 50 sergeants, 17 drummers,
675 men); drafts for 29th, 39th, 1/21st, 48th Rgts; Royal Engineers (10 sergants, 9 trumpeters; 339 rank & file). Named officers.

05/01/80


T 05.1.80

reported signalled off St Catherine's Point

12/01/80

Malta

T 15.1.80

arrived

13/01/80

Malta

T 15.1.80

left for Port Said

18/01/80

Port Said

T 21.1.80

arrived

20/01/80

Suez

T 22.1.80

left

03/02/80

Bombay

T 04.2.80

arrived





12/02/80

Bombay

T 13.2.80

arrived from Karachi



T 22.3.80

after taking 2/7th and 4 companies 2/11th
from Bombay to Karachi

19/02/80

Bombay

T 20.2.80

left

04/03/80

Suez

T 08.3.80

arrived

12/03/80

Malta

T 13.3.80

left

21/03/80

Portsmouth

T 22.3.80

arrived.





until Oct

Portsmouth

T 02.10.80

for complete repair and refit





31/10/80

Portsmouth

T 01.11.80

for Bermuda. Capt Doughty.
9th, 15th, 20th Coys RE; 86th Foot
draft of 99th Foot. 1090 men, 79 women, 148 children

20/11/80

Halifax

T 22.11.80

arrived

12/12/80

Gibraltar

T 13.12.80

arrived. 97th Rgt

13/12/80

Gibraltar

T 15.12.80

left for Malta

17/12/80

Malta

T 18.12.80

arrived

23/12/80

Port Said

T 24.12.80

arrived





The Crocodile 1881

Date

Location

Source

Notes





07/01/81

Bombay

T 08.1.81

arrived





16/01/81

Bombay

T 17.1.81

left. 19 officers 637 men 92nd Rgt
to call at Vingorla to embark 83rd Rgt.

29/01/81

Durban

T 31.1./01.2.81

arrived.

30/01/81

Natal

T 01.2.1

left for Bombay





31/03/81

Bombay

T 02.4.81

left

13/04/81

Suez

T 14.4.81

arrived

16/04/81

Port Said

T 18.4.81

left for Malta

21/04/81

Malta

T 25.4.81

arrived

25/04/81

Gibraltar

T 26.4.81

passed by

30/04/81

Portsmouth

T 02.5.81

arrived. Capt Doughty
H/3 RA 2 officers 118 men
14/8 RA 1 officer, 64 men
248 invalids, 429 time expired
182 men various corps, 87 women, 179 children; (2 children died on voyage). Named officers





01/06/81

Portsmouth

T 02.6.81

docked for repair and work

29/09/81

Portsmouth

T 30.9.81

Capt Cardale. Succesful trial of machinary





07/10/81

Portsmouth

T 08.10.81

left. 7/9 RA, 9/9 RA, 6/10 RA, 7/10 RA
2/West Surrey Rgt (draft), 1/Royal Irish (draft)
1/East Lancashire (draft), 2/Liverpool (draft)
1/South Lancashire (draft), East Surrey (draft)
Named officers. 78 officers, 1081 men, 71 women; 79 children. To call at Plymouth

16/10/81

Malta

T 17.10.81

arrived

21/10/81

Port Said

T 22.10.81

arrived

23/10/81

Suez

T 25.10.81

left

04/11/81

Bombay

T 05.11.81

arrived





15/11/81

Bombay

T 16.11.81

left

21/11/81

orders

T 25.11.81

Serapis broken blades, Crocodile to tow her to Malta

26/11/81

Suez

T 28.11.81

Croc w/Serapis at Suez. Temeraire to tow her to Malta

02/12/81

Port Said

T 03.12.81

left for Malta

05/12/81

Malta

T 08.12.81

arrived

10/12/81

Gibraltar

T 15.12.81

passed by

15/12/81

Portsmouth

T 16.12.81

arrived. Capt Cardale
310 invalids, 186 time expired, 38 for depots
58 women, 137 children. Named officers.
died on journey: wives of Surgeon Allen, Private Dowsen (10th Rgt), Private Crawley (13th Hussars).

28/12/81

Portsmouth

T 24.12.81

to leave for Bombay...


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