HMS Mildura (1889)

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For other ships with the same name, see HMS Pelorus and HMAS Mildura.
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HMS Mildura at Port Melbourne, May 1901
United Kingdom
Name: Pelorus
Builder: Armstrong Whitworth, Elswick, Tyne and Wear
Laid down: 15 Aug 1888
Launched: 27 November 1889
Completed: 20 December 1890
Renamed: Mildura, April 1890
Fate: Sold for scrap, 3 April 1906
General characteristics
Class and type: Pearl-class cruiser
Displacement: 2,575 tons
  • 278 ft (84.7 m) (oa)
  • 265 ft (80.8 m) (pp)[1]
Beam: 41 ft (12 m)[1]
Draught: 15 ft 6 in (4.7 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion: 2 × screws; 2 × 3-cylinder triple-expansion steam engines[1]
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)
Complement: 210

HMS Mildura was an Pearl-class cruiser built for the Royal Navy in the late 1880s. Originally named HMS Pelorus, she was renamed after an Australian town in April 1890.[2] Per the Imperial Defense Act of 1887, she served primarily in Australian waters.

Captain Henry Leah was in command from April 1897 until April 1900, when Captain Henry C. A. Baynes arrived in Australia on board the HMS Diana to take command of the ship.[3] He was succeeded by Captain Charles Kingsmill in September 1900. She was part of the naval escort for the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary) to New Zealand aboard the chartered Royal liner HMS Ophir during 1901.[2] She visited Norfolk Island in July 1902.[4]

She was sold to Garnham, London for scrap in 1906 for £7,200.[2][5]


  1. ^ a b c Winfield, p. 276
  2. ^ a b c Bastock, p. 101
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36056). London. 3 February 1900. p. 14. 
  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36835). London. 1 August 1902. p. 8. 
  5. ^ History of the World's Navy: Pearl Class