Before his visit to Melbourne, Prince Alfred had visited Adelaide. He later visited Hobart and Sydney before going on to Brisbane. While in Victoria he visited Geelong, Ballarat, Castlemaine, Bendigo and the Western District. Everywhere he went he was greeted by huge crowds but on many occasions problems occurred. Several planned functions were failures or turned into riots, and deaths and injuries resulted. While in Sydney an attempt was made to assassinate Prince Alfred, but he quickly recovered from a bullet wound to his back.
HMS Galatea was a 3200-ton, 26-gun frigate launched in 1859. Rigged as a ship, she was also equipped with an 800-horsepower steam engine driving a propeller that could be raised when sailing. Her hull measured around 75m but her bowsprit and jib-boom added another 10m.
Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital, which opened in 1871, was named in honour of our first Royal visitor, Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.
BY MAURIE HUTCHINSON
President, Peninsula Ship Society
T: Maurie Hutchinson 9787 5780
The Peninsula Ship Society meets at Hastings Yacht Club on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10am. Visitors always welcome.