HMS Mallow (1915)

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History
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Mallow
Builder: Barclay Curle, Glasgow
Launched: 13 July 1915
Fate: Transferred to Royal Australian Navy, 1919
History
Australia
Name: HMAS Mallow
Acquired: 1919
Decommissioned: 20 November 1925
Fate: Sunk as a target, 24 April 1935
General characteristics
Class and 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:

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 31 December 1915, Mallow picked up the bulk of the survivors of the passenger ship Persia[1] (which had been torpedoed the day before off Crete) and conveyed them to Alexandria. In 1918, Mallow rescued the passengers of the French mailboat 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2 January 1916 – Ted – The Sinking of the Persia". familyletters.co.uk. Retrieved 12 January 2017.