The Last of the Indian Troopships, HM Indian Troopship Malabar, 1881.

Charles Parsons Knight

 
The Last of the Indian Troopships, HM Indian Troopship Malabar, 1881.
4 0 c m
 
35cm
actual image size: 27cm x 32cm

The Last of the Indian Troopships, HM Indian Troopship Malabar, 1881.

Oil on canvas by Charles Parsons Knight (1829-1897), 1881.

The Malabar was one of five purpose-built troopships paid for by the Indian Government and launched in 1866. Although built in different yards, the Malabar and her sister-ships, the Crocodile, Euphrates, Jumna and Serapis, were all of the same design, tonnage and dimensions. The five vessels were each distinguished by a different coloured riband around the hull, which, in the case of the Malabar was black, and all carried the 'Star of India' on their bows. Each ship could transport a full battalion of infantry with its married families, or about 1,200 people.

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