NRP Adamastor (1896)

Adamastor, photographed in China shortly before decommissioning. Photo in the collection of the US Navy History & Heritage Command.

Nation
Ship Class
Laid Down
1895
Launched
1896
Commissioned
1897
Decommissioned
1933
AD/BC
AD
History

Built in Italy, the Portugese unprotected cruiser Adamastor was paid for by a public donation campaign. She was commissioned in 1897, and was deployed to hunt pirates off Morocco later that year, as part o a joint Portuguese-Spanish squadron. Adamastor was frequently deployed overseas, and visited the Dutch East Indies and Timor in 1908. She was one of three cruisers that revolted during the 5 October, 1910 Republican Revolution, and Adamastor became a symbol of the revolution when she bombarded the king's palace. During World War I, Adamastor was stationed in Africa, supporting Portuguese troops ashore against the Germans. In 1917, Adamastor was deployed to Quelimane, in Portugese East Africa, which detered German advances on the city. Adamastor remained in service after World War I, and continued to show the flag overseas, including a visit to China in the early 1930s. She ran aground in 1929, but returned to operations after repairs. Decommissioned in 1933, she was disarmed and sold to the merchant marine in 1934.