HMVS Childers

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HMVS Childers
RN ensign Flag of VictoiaVictoria and Australia
Name: HMVS Childers
Builder: Thornycroft of Chiswick
Cost: £10,500
Laid down: 1883
Completed: 1884
Decommissioned: 1924
Fate: Hulked in 1918
General characteristics
Displacement: 63 tons
Length: 118.5 ft (36.1 m)
Beam: 12.16 ft (3.71 m)
Draught: 5.666 ft (1.727 m)
Propulsion: Expansion steam engines
Speed: 19–20 knots (35–37 km/h)
Complement: 12
  • 2 × 1 pdr guns
  • 2 × 14 inch torpedo tubes
  • 4 sets of dropping gear

HMVS Childers was a torpedo boat of the Victorian Naval Forces, Commonwealth Naval Forces and the Royal Australian Navy.

Construction and acquisition[edit]

Childers, a first-class torpedo boat, was constructed for the colony of Victoria by Thornycroft of Chiswick, England at a cost of £10,500. She was laid down in 1883, and completed by the start of 1884.

Operational history[edit]

HMVS Childers sailed from Portsmouth on 3 February 1884. Later that month, she was in Malta on her delivery voyage to Victoria with HMVS Albert and HMVS Victoria when news of General Gordon's death at Khartoum arrived.[1] The colony of Victoria immediately offered the three ships for service in the Sudan.[1] The offer was accepted, and Childers was sent ahead, arriving on 19 March at Suakin. By this time, the conflict had moved too far inland for warships to be of any assistance,[1] and the vessels departed three days later. They arrived in Melbourne on 26 June after travelling via Aden, Colombo, the Dutch East Indies and Torres Strait.

Childers joined the Commonwealth Naval Forces with federation in 1901 and the Royal Australian Navy when it was formed in 1911. During World War I she served in Victorian waters and as a tender to HMAS Cerberus.

Decommissioning and fate[edit]

Childers was sold to J.J. Savage & Co. of South Yarra on 5 April 1918 for £20. Childers was eventually hulked on Swan Island in Port Phillip.

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  1. ^ a b c Frame, No Pleasure Cruise, p. 67