HMS Mallow (1915)

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Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Mallow
Builder: Barclay Curle, Glasgow
Launched: 13 July 1915
Fate: Transferred to Royal Australian Navy, 1919
Career (Australia)
Name: HMAS Mallow
Acquired: 1919
Decommissioned: 20 November 1925
Fate: Sunk as a target, 24 April 1935
General characteristics
Class & type: Acacia-class sloop
Displacement: 1,200 long tons (1,219 t)
Length: 250 ft (76 m) p/p
262 ft 6 in (80.01 m) o/a
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draught: 12 ft (3.7 m)
Propulsion: 1 × 4-cylinder triple expansion engine
2 × cylindrical boilers
1 screw
Range: 2,000 nmi (3,700 km; 2,300 mi) at 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph) with max. 250 tons of coal
Complement: 77
Armament: • 2 × 12-pdr (76 mm) guns
• 2 × 3-pdr (47 mm) AA guns

HMS Mallow was an Acacia-class sloop built for the Royal Navy, and later operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as HMAS Mallow.

Construction[edit]

Mallow was constructed by Barclay Curle at Glasgow in Scotland. She was launched on 13 July 1915.

Operational history[edit]

World War I[edit]

During World War I, the sloop was tasked primarily with minesweeping. On the 31st of December 1915, Mallow picked up the bulk of the survivors of the SS Persia (1900) (which had been torpedoed the day before off Crete) and conveyed them to Alexandria. In 1918, Mallow rescued the passengers of the French Mailboat SS Djemnah, including future acting Governor-General of Madagascar Joseph Guyon, after the mailboat was torpedoed by a German U-boat. Mallow later received letters of commendation from the Admiralty and Guyon.

With the RAN[edit]

The sloop was transferred to the RAN in 1919.

Decommissioning and fate[edit]

Mallow paid off to reserve on 18 October 1919, was decommissioned on 20 November 1925, and sunk as a target on 24 April 1935.