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Name: KATOOMBA launched as PANDORA
Type: Cruiser
Keel: 15/08/1888
Launched: 27/08/1889
Completed: 24/03/1891
Builder: Sir WG Armstrong, Mitchell & Co Ltd
Yard: Elswick
Yard Number: 542
Dimensions: 1490grt, 650nrt, 2575disp, 265.0 x 41.0 x 15.5(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x VT3cyl (30.5, 45 & 68 x 33ins), 7500ihp
Engines by: R & W Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, St Peter's, Newcastle
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 19.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 8 x 1 x 4.7ins QF, 8 x 1 x 3pdr guns; 4 x 1 x 14.0ins torpedoes
History:
24/03/1891 British Royal Navy
10/07/1906 Broken up
Comments: A member of the Pearl or Katoomba Class of cruisers
Launched as PANDORA but renamed KATOOMBA (04/1890) to be flagship of the Auxuiiary Squadron of the Australia Station. The British and Australian Governments in the later years of the 1800s were always concerned about Russian intentions in the Pacific, including a possible attack on Australia.
29/12/1891 Damaged in a collision with a tug YATALA
1906: Left the Australia station and returned to the UK
10/07/1906: Sold for breaking up at Morecambe. Cost 8500


Above photo copyright Allan Green

Above photo courtesy of Photoship

Layout of the Pearl Class Cruisers from Brassey's Naval Annual of 1897