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Name: MILDURA launched as PELORUS
Type: Cruiser
Keel: 15/08/1888
Launched: 25/11/1889
Completed: 18/03/1891
Builder: Sir WG Armstrong, Mitchell & Co Ltd
Yard: Elswick
Yard Number: 543
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:
18/03/1891 British Royal Navy
03/04/1906 Broken up
Comments: A member of the Pearl or Katoomba Class of cruisers
Launched as PELORUS but renamed MILDURA (04/1890) for 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.
1906: Left the Australia station and returned to the UK
03/04/1906: Sold for breaking up by Garnham, London. Cost 7200


Above photo copyright Allan Green

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