This 1904 image of the crew members on the Nigerian Government Yacht, was taken during a trip from London to the Canary Islands in August/September 1904. That year “after being in commission for 3 1/2 years [the yacht] was sent home for repairs, the cost of which amounted to over £12, 500. The annual upkeep of this vessel [was] about £7,500 and her original cost was some £60,000.”
Source: Colonial Reports – Annual. No 459. SOUTHERN NIGERIA.
Report for 1904 (published September, 1905), p. 49.
See also the 1905 Colonial Report (p. 46) and The Mail, Adelaide (Australia), November 26, 1914, p. 1. According to one source, it was “built and engined by Earle’s Shipbuilding and engineering Co., Limited. Hull [England] 1895 from the designs of Messrs J. Thomson and Sons, London, for the Royal Niger Coast Protectorate.” That same source has several pictures of a model of this ship with close-ups of details: vallejogallery.com/item.php?id=2094