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HMS Calliope Wrecked Ship, SMS Adler

SAMOA HURRICANE

In Apia Harbour, Upolu, Samoa, March 1889, were congregated the warships of 3 great nations: the United States, Germany and Great Britain. As they prepared for human conflict, they were assaulted by nature, when a terrible hurricane battered the little port with the fiercest storm ever known in the islands - either before or since.

The American vessels USS Trenton and USS Vandalia, and the German vessels SMS Adler and SMS Eber, were destroyed, whilst the USS Nipsic and SMS Olga were forced to beach severely damaged. The many merchant ships in the harbour were lost.

Only the British man-of-war HMS Calliope, commanded by Captain Henry Kane, Royal Navy, managed to escape the death trap that Apia had become. Click on the image of the ships to find out more.

William Isaac Thorndale

WILLIAM ISAAC THORNDALE

Scaramouche's great-grandfather was a sailor on HMS Calliope.
Click on his image to find out more about him.
Scaramouche The Fool

SCARAMOUCHE THE FOOL

The Origin of my Web Name is hidden deep in the mists of history.
Click on the character to find out more (and find out about Scaramouche's Publications!) or contact me on this page.
Liberator

WARTIME PLANE CRASHES

Around Potton during World War Two, a number of plane crashes occurred.
Click the link for more.

Potton Town Square St Mary's Church

POTTON, BEDFORDSHIRE

Scaramouche has lived in the lovely village of Potton, Bedfordshire since 1986. Click on the link to see the Potton History Society web-site on the town, which has many details of the town in its heyday.

The photo of the town square was a link to go to the town council web site for other images but is now broken and the council sadly ignore my e-mails about it.

Click this link for data about the church's activities: St. Mary's Church and on the image of the church for some amazing panoramic views of the inside and outside of the building.

Dorothy Dorothy

DOROTHY HAGUE 1941-2008

This web-site is dedicated to the memory of my most precious and beautiful lady, and to her son, Stephen Burrows.

Euripides
The Hurricane Jumpers - The Escape of HMS Calliope

THE HURRICANE JUMPERS

Scaramouche, aka Graham Hague, has written a book about his great-grandfather, his life as a boy and man in Queen Victoria's Royal Navy, his ships, HMS Calliope, and her miraculous escape from the awesome hurricane at Samoa in March, 1889, and about the other people who were there.

Click on the image of the book to find out more about it, and how you could order a copy on-line. Take a quick look at a preview containing some extracts: CreateSpace Preview.


My family name is HAGUE. Click on the name to get some historical information about it.

I have got as far back as my six-greats grandfather Hague on my father's side, and possibly a few generations further back, though they haven't been proven yet. I have got to twelve-greats grandparents on my mother's side.

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Author: Graham Hague. This web site has been relocated from Homecall (now Talk-Talk) in August 2016. The old site at http://www.scaramouche.homecall.co.uk/ will be updated irregularly, but will remain active for a little while yet whilst I ensure this new site works correctly. Even in December 2016, the old site is still ranked higher in Google searches than the new one, though it is gradually improving. You can contact me on this feedback submission page. Please note there are no adverts on ANY of the pages on this site. Links to other pages on this site open in the same window; links to external sites open in a new window. Sometime in 2017, I will replace the Homecall pages with automatic links to this web-site; if that is how you got here, please update any bookmarks you may have from the old site to this new site.
Site last updated 27th March, 2017.