In 1877, Prince Albert and Prince George (later King George V) the two eldest sons of Edward, Prince of Wales, entered the navy. Two years later, the Royal family and the British Government decided the princes should undertake a cruise. They assigned the boys to HMS Bacchante, which was then part of a squadron intended to patrol the sea lanes of the British Empire. After Queen Victoria expressed concerns that the Bacchante might sink drowning her grandchildren, the Admiralty confident in their ship, sent the Bacchante through a gale to prove she was sturdy enough to weather storms.
So, on September 17, 1879, the Princes and their tutor John Neale Dalton, came aboard the ship which would be their home for the next three years. The princes made regular diary entries, which were published in 1886 as The Cruise of Her Majesty's Ship Bacchante. HMS Bacchante briefly assisted in the first Boer War, before the squadron sailed for Australia. On May 12, 1881, a heavy storm blew up and damaged the ship's rudder.
Albany was the nearest port of call, so on May 15, 1881 HMS Bacchante arrived at King George Sound. Damage to the ship's rudder was extensive, so the Princes and crew ended up staying in Albany for three weeks until repairs were complete.
While in Albany, the Prince's stayed at John Young's Marbelup Farm for several nights, George celebrated his 16th birthday at the resident magistrate's home (now part of the Residency Museum) and a number of cricket matches between the crew and locals were played at Vancouver Park.