Autograph Letter Signed, to Mr. Cooke (probably E.W.Cooke, marine painter), offering accommodation in his cabin for the voyage to Bombay and back. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, some very light spotting, in good condition, headed paper of HMS Crocodile. HMS Crocodile, Portsmouth, 24 August 1878. Rear-Admiral Frederic Proby Doughty (1834-1892). He was Captain of HMS Crocodile, in this case taking troops to the Second Afghan War. The Crocodile was launched on 7 January 1867 (built by Wigram at Blackwall), and discontinued her Naval service in January 1894. The Crocodile was armed with three 4-pounder guns and could accommodate about 1,800 men with baggage, besides the officers and crew of the ship. She sailed at an average speed of between eight and ten knots.