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English Sailor's Woolwork Picture of HMS Euphrates. (woolie), Circa 1890.

English Sailor's Woolwork Picture of HMS Euphrates,

Circa 1890.

The large sailor's wool in a maple frame depicts a starboard view of the HMS Euphrates sailing on a rough sea, the wool naively made with large looping waves, the crests of waves in white and the rough sea in yellow and green.

Dimensions: 29 inches x 37 1/4 inches wide; (sight: 18 3/4 inches x 24 1/2 inches)



HMS Euphrates was an iron-hulled troopship of the Euphrates class. She was designed for the transport of British troops to India, and launched in the River Mersey on 24 November 1866 by Laird Brothers of Birkenhead. She was the fourth and last Royal Navy ship to bear the name.


Euphrates was one of five iron-hulled vessels of the Euphrates class. All five were built to a design of 360 ft overall length by about 49 ft breadth, although Malabar was very slightly smaller than the rest of the class. They had a single screw, a speed of 14 knots, one funnel, a barque-rig sail plan, three 4-pounder guns, and a white painted hull. Her bow was a "ram bow" which projected forward below the waterline.

She was operated by the Royal Navy to transport up to 1,200 troops and family from Portsmouth to Bombay. The return trip via the Suez canal normally took 70 days. Her two-cylinder single-expansion steam engines were replaced in 1873 with a more efficient but less powerful 2-cylinder compound-expansion engine, giving her a reduced top speed under steam of about 11 knots (20 km/h).

On 6 February 1892, she collided with the German steamer Gutenfels in the Suez Canal. Gutenfels suffered several broken plates and some damage to her upperworks.

She was sold to I Cohen in Portsmouth on 23 November 1894 and resold to Henry Castle and Son for breaking in August 1895.

Class & type:

Euphrates-class troopship




6,211 tons, 4,173 tons BM


            360 ft (109.7 m) (overall)


                        49 ft 1.5 in (15.0 m)

Depth of hold:

22 ft 4 in (6.81 m)

Installed power:

At build: 5,004 ihp (3,731 kW)

After 1873:                1,739 ihp (1,297 kW)[1]


            2-cylinder horizontal single-expansion (later, compound-                                    expansion) trunk engine Single screw

Sail plan:



           15 kn (28 km/h)


            Three 4-pounder guns

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