R.N.H. HAULBOWLINE

Just another little snippet from the past to enrich your knowledge of the Navy. 

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries there was a Royal Naval Dockyard at the Port of Cork in the southwest of Eire [Ireland]. Just off the port [dockyard] was a small island called Haulbowline [just how nautical can a name get?] and on it was built a Royal Naval Hospital [RNH] aptly called RNH Haulbowline.  This script I have taken from Hansards [the account of daily happenings in Parliament].  The text and the flow of it between the two speakers is self evident.  The year is 1896.  Whilst it is of naval interest [at least I think so] the Civil Lord of the Admiralty at that time is also of interest. Mr Austen Chamberlain [who later became Sir Austen Chamberlain] was the half brother of Neville Chamberlain, he of "peace in our time" fame and British Prime Minister from 1937 until 1940. Sir Austen died in 1937 at the age of 74  and didn't witness his half brother becoming the Prime Minister. Below is a picture of Sir Austen

RNH Haulbowline did Stirling work during WW1 but closed shortly after that war finished.

 05 March 1896 vol 38
 DR TANNER

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty if his attention has been called to the deficient hospital accommodation at Haulbowline, Cork Harbour; and, whether more modern sanitary appliances will be supplied, or what steps will be taken to remedy the present condition of affairs?

 
THE CIVIL LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY [Mr AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN] MP For Worcestershire East

In reply to the hon. Member, I beg to say that no complaints have been made as to the accommodation of the Royal Naval Hospital at Haulbowline being insufficient. At the present time there are 51 patients in the hospital, which has accommodation for 10 officers and 115 men; and as this number is much greater than usual, additional sick-berth staff have been drafted from Plymouth Hospital to supplement the nursing. No complaints as to the sanitary appliances have been received, and the last report was to the effect that the hospital throughout was clean and well cared for.

DR TANNER

Is the hon. Member aware that the hospital has recently been, occupied by a number of men from the Flying Squadron; and also that this place was originally built for a store, and is therefore obviously unfit for hospital purposes?

MR AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN

I am aware that several patients from the Flying Squadron have been accommodated in the hospital, which accounts for the large number of patients at Haulbowline.

DR TANNER

I shall raise this point on the Estimates.