|HMS Pelorous in late 1890s - resplendent in "Victorian Livery"|
of black hull, white upperworks and buff funnels
|Rudyard Kipling in the 1890s|
|Manaus Opera House - best known symbol of the Amazon rubber boom|
(photograph by Pontanegra via Wikipedia)
|Enslaved Peruvian Indians during the rubber boom|
|Pelorus's 200-mile route up the Amazon|
The Amazon voyage was Pelorus’s last moment in the limelight. By the time of outbreak of war in 1914 she and the few of her sisters still in service were old, obsolete ships suited only to secondary duties. She was scrapped in 1920.
One wonders if the Indians in the Putomayo area, north of Iquitos, who laboured in slavery for the London-based Peruvian Amazon Company, ever heard of the visit. Even if they did it is unlikely that they would have been able to go on board during Pelorus’s open day.
Britannia’s Reach by Antoine Vanner
"Britannia’s reach is not just political or military alone. What higher interest can there be than consolidation of Britain’s commercial interests?” So says one of the key figures in this novel , which centres on the efforts of a British owned company – not unlike the Peruvian Amazon Company (PAC) – to reassert control of its cattle-raising investment in Paraguay, following a revolt by its workers. The story of desperate riverine combat brings historic naval fiction into the age of Fighting Steam. Click on the image below for more details.