HMS Pyramus (1897)
HMS Pyramus ca. 1900.
|Class and type:||Pelorus-class third-class cruiser|
|Builder:||Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company, Jarrow, England|
|Laid down:||May 1896|
|Launched:||15 May 1897|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping 21 April 1920|
|Length:||300 ft (91 m) between perpendiculars
313 ft 6 in (95.55 m) length overall
|Beam:||36 ft 6 in (11.1 m)|
|Draught:||16 ft (4.9 m)|
|Propulsion:||Two-shaft, three-cylinder triple expansion steam engine, 16 Reed watertube boilers, 500 tons coal|
HMS Pyramus was a Pelorus class cruiser of the Royal Navy. There were eleven ""Third class"" protected cruisers in the class, which was designed by Sir William White. While well armed for their size, they were primarily workhorses for the overseas fleet on “police” duties and did not serve with the main battlefleet.
They displaced 2,135 tons, had a crew complement of 224 men and were armed with eight QF 4 inch (102 mm) (25 pounder) guns, eight 3 pounder guns, three machine guns, and two 18 inch (457 mm) torpedo tubes. With reciprocating triple expansion engines and a variety of boilers, the top speed was 20 knots (37 km/h).
She served in various colonial posts, including in the Mediterranean Fleet in 1901.
In 1914 she formed part of the escort for the New Zealand Force which occupied German Samoa (now Samoa). In July 1915 she was present at the Rufiji river delta action when the monitors HMS Severn and HMS Mersey destroyed the German cruiser SMS Konigsberg.
She was sold for scrap on 21 April 1920.
- "Naval and Military intelligence" The Times (London). Friday, 1 March 1901. (36391), p. 11.
- "Naval and Military intelligence" The Times (London). Tuesday, 17 December 1901. (36640), p. 5.
- World War I Naval Combat webpage
- Miramar Ship Index listing
- Imperial War Museum Book of the War at Sea 1914-1918.
- Gardiner, Robert, ed. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860-1905. New York: Mayflower Books Inc., 1979. ISBN 0-8317-0302-4.
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