Pearl-class cruiser

The Pearl-class cruiser was a class of nine third-class cruisers designed by Sir William White, five of which were paid for by Australia under the terms of the Imperial Defence Act of 1887 to serve in Australian waters.

Pearl-class cruiser
Class Ship
Type Cruiser
Manufacturer Armstrong Whitworth
Production Period 1888 - 1890
Origin United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain)
Country Name Origin Year
United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain) 1890
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Australia 1890 1947 View
United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain) 1890 1947 View
New Zealand 1890 1947 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
HMNB Devonport 1888 1890 1 View
John Brown & Company 1888 1889 2 View
Armstrong Whitworth 1888 1890 3 View
NameLaunchedFate
Pallas1890Sold for scrap in 1906.
Pandora1889Renamed HMS Katoomba. Sold for scrap in 1906.
Pearl1890Sold for scrap in 1906.
Pelorus1889Renamed HMS Mildura. Sold for scrap in 1906.
Persian1890Renamed HMS Wallaroo and then HMS Wallington. Changed back to original in 1920 before being sold for scrap.
Philomel1890Transferred to New Zealand Navy in 1914. Sold on 17 January 1947. Scuttled 6 August 1949.
Phoebe1890Sold for scrap in 1906.
Phoenix1889Renamed HMS Tauranga. Sold for scrap in 1906.
Psyche1889Renamed HMS Ringarooma. Sold for scrap in 1906.

Name: Pearl
Operators: Royal Navy
Royal Australian Navy
Royal New Zealand Navy
Preceded by: Barham class
Succeeded by: Apollo class
In commission: 1890 - 1947
Completed: 9
Active: none
General characteristics
Type: Third-class cruiser
Displacement: 2,575 tons
Length: 278 ft (84.7 m) oa
256 ft (78.0 m) pp
Beam: 41 ft (12.5 m)
Draught: 15 ft 6 in (4.72 m)
Installed power: 7,500 ihp on forced draught
Propulsion: 2 x 3-cylinder triple-expansion steam engines
4 x double-ended cylindrical boilers
2 screws
Speed: 19 kn (35 km/h; 22 mph)
Complement: 217
Armament: 8 x QF 4.7 inch (120 mm) guns
8 x 3-pounder guns
4 x machine guns
2 x 14-inch (356 mm) torpedo tubes

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