HMS Jumna (1866)

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HMS Jumna about 1885
Career (UK)
RN Ensign
Name: HMS Jumna
Ordered: 1865
Builder: Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company, Hebburn
Yard number: 190
Launched: 24 September 1866
Fate: Became coal hulk C110 in 1893
Sold as hulk Oceanic in July 1922
General characteristics
Class and type: Euphrates-class troopship
Type: Troopship
Displacement: 6,211 tons, 4,173 tons BM
Length: 360 ft (109.7 m) (overall)
Beam: 49 ft 1.5 in (15.0 m)
Depth of hold: 22 ft 4 in (6.81 m)
Installed power: As built: 4,894 ihp (3,649 kW)
From 1873: 3,044 ihp (2,270 kW)[1]
  • Sails
  • 3-cylinder horizontal single-expansion steam (later, compound-expansion) steam engine
  • Single screw
Sail plan: Barque-rigged
Speed: 15 kn (28 km/h)
Armament: Three 4-pounder guns

HMS Jumna was a Euphrates-class troopship launched at Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company at Hebburn on 24 September 1866. She was the third vessel of the Royal Navy to carry the name.


Jumna was one of five iron-hulled vessels of the Euphrates class. All five were built to a design of 360ft overall length by about 49ft 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 commissioned jointly by the British Admiralty and the Indian government.[2]


She spent most of her active career conveying British troops to and from the Indian subcontinent. In 1870 she transported The Connaught Rangers from India back to Britain.

In 1873 her Maudslay, Sons and Field 3-cylinder single-expansion steam engine was modified at Portsmouth by the replacement of one low pressure cylinder with a smaller, high pressure one, giving her a more efficient compound-expansion engine, albeit with less power and a new top speed of 13 knots (24 km/h).[1]


She became the coal hulk C110 in 1893 and was sold as the hulk Oceanic in July 1922.[3][1]

Commanding Officers

From Until Captain[4]
12 November 1866 Captain Benjamin Spencer Pickard
6 June 1870 Captain Frederick William Richards
1874 September 1875 Captain Hawksworth Fawkes (invalided)
4 October 1875 17 October 1877 Captain John D'Arcy
17 October 1877 Captain George Parsons


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Winfield, Rif; Lyon, David (2003). The Sail and Steam Navy List, 1815-1889. Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1861760326. 
  2. Sir Edward Reed, "The British Navy", Harper's Monthly Magazine (European edition), February 1886
  3. Colledge. Ships of the Royal Navy. p. 83. 
  4. "HMS Jumna at William Loney RN website". Retrieved 2009-06-23.