HMS Wallaroo (1890)

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HMS Wallaroo starboard side 1902 AWM 300010.jpeg
HMS Wallaroo c. 1902.
History
United Kingdom
Name:
  • HMS Persian (1890)
  • HMS Wallaroo (1890–1906, 1920)
  • HMS Wallington (1919–1920)
Builder: Armstrong Whitworth, Elswick, Tyne and Wear
Laid down: 15 August 1888
Launched: 5 February 1890
Completed: 27 January 1891
Fate: Sold for scrap, February 1920
General characteristics
Class and type: Pearl-class cruiser
Displacement: 2,575 tons
Length:
  • 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
Armament:
Armour:

HMS Wallaroo was a Pearl-class cruiser built for the Royal Navy, originally named HMS Persian, built by Armstrong Whitworth, Elswick, Tyne and Wear and launched on 5 February 1890.[2]

Renamed on 2 April 1890, as Wallaroo as part of the Auxiliary Squadron of the Australia Station. She arrived in Sydney with the squadron on 5 September 1891.[2] She was placed into reserve upon arrival until 9 May 1894. She was sent to serve in China during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. On 7 January 1904 while sailing off Montague Island, one of her boilers exploded killing four and wounding three. She left the Australia Station on 11 January 1906.[2]

She was attached to HMS Indus as a training ship for mechanics at Devonport.[2] She became a guard ship at Chatham in November 1914 and was renamed HMS Wallington in March 1919.[3] She was sold in 1920, as Wallaroo to G. Sharpe for breaking up.[2]

A Pearl-class cruiser from Brassey's Naval Annual, 1897

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Winfield, p. 276
  2. ^ a b c d e Bastock 1988, pp. 103–104.
  3. ^ Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, 1906–1921, p. 14

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