HMS Wallaroo (1890)

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HMS Wallaroo starboard side 1902 AWM 300010.jpeg
HMS Wallaroo c. 1902.
CareerRoyal Navy Ensign
Name:HMS Persian (1890)
HMS Wallaroo (1890–1906, 1920)
HMS Wallington (1919–1920)
Builder:Armstrong Whitworth, Elswick, Tyne and Wear
Launched:5 February 1890
Fate:sold in February 1920 for breaking up.
General characteristics
Type:Pearl-class cruiser
Displacement:2,575 tons
Length:278 ft (85 m) oa
256 ft (78 m) pp[1]
Beam:41 ft (12 m)[1]
Draught:15 ft 6 in (4.72 m)
Installed power:7,500 ihp on forced draught
Propulsion:
  • 2 x 3-cylinder triple-expansion steam engines
  • 4 x double-ended cylindrical boilers
  • 2 screws[1]
Speed:19 knots
Complement:217
Armament:

8 x QF 4.7 inch (120 mm) guns
8 x 3-pounder guns
4 x machine guns

2 x 14-inch (356 mm) torpedo tubes
Armour:Deck: 1 - 2 inch
Gunshields: 2 inch
Conning tower: 3 inch
 
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HMS Wallaroo starboard side 1902 AWM 300010.jpeg
HMS Wallaroo c. 1902.
CareerRoyal Navy Ensign
Name:HMS Persian (1890)
HMS Wallaroo (1890–1906, 1920)
HMS Wallington (1919–1920)
Builder:Armstrong Whitworth, Elswick, Tyne and Wear
Launched:5 February 1890
Fate:sold in February 1920 for breaking up.
General characteristics
Type:Pearl-class cruiser
Displacement:2,575 tons
Length:278 ft (85 m) oa
256 ft (78 m) pp[1]
Beam:41 ft (12 m)[1]
Draught:15 ft 6 in (4.72 m)
Installed power:7,500 ihp on forced draught
Propulsion:
  • 2 x 3-cylinder triple-expansion steam engines
  • 4 x double-ended cylindrical boilers
  • 2 screws[1]
Speed:19 knots
Complement:217
Armament:

8 x QF 4.7 inch (120 mm) guns
8 x 3-pounder guns
4 x machine guns

2 x 14-inch (356 mm) torpedo tubes
Armour:Deck: 1 - 2 inch
Gunshields: 2 inch
Conning tower: 3 inch

HMS Wallaroo was an Pearl-class cruiser of 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

  1. ^ a b c Winfield (2004) 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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