Admiral Alfred Taylor Dale
This Trophy has now been dedicated to the Autumn League Class 0 Spinnaker Echo
Archive No. 271
Presented to the RCYC by Rear Admiral Alfred Taylor Dale (1840-1925) and his officers in 1896 The Particular Squadron (initially the”The Flying Squadron”) was part of a fleet with the HMS Revenge as Flagship. The squadron was formed after Kaiser Wilhelm II sent a congratulatory telegram to President Paul Kruger of the South African Republic after his repulsing of the Jameson Raid (29 Dec. 1895 – 2 Jan. 1896), a botched raid against the South African Republic (commonly known as the Transvaal) carried out by British colonial administrator Leander Starr Jameson, under the employment of Cecil Rhodes. It involved 500 British South Africa Company police launched from Rhodesia (region) over the New Year weekend of 1895–96. Paul Kruger, whom Rhodes had a great personal hatred towards, was President of the South African Republic at the time. The raid was intended to trigger an uprising by the primarily British expatriate workers (known as Uitlanders) in the Transvaal but failed to do so. The workers were called the Johannesburg conspirators. They were expected to recruit an army and prepare for an insurrection; however, the raid was ineffective, and no uprising took place. The results included embarrassment of the British government; the replacement of Cecil Rhodes as prime minister of the Cape Colony; and the strengthening of Boer dominance of the Transvaal and its gold mines. The raid was a contributory cause of the Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902). This squadron became the Forerunner of the Channel Squadron and the Atlantic Squadron.