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Name: PALUMA
Type: Gunboat
Keel: 26/06/1883
Launched: 06/05/1884
Completed: 28/10/1884
Builder: Sir WG Armstrong, Mitchell & Co
Yard: Low Walker
Yard Number: 469
Dimensions: 385disp, 115.0 x 26.0 x 9.5(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x C2cyl, 385ihp
Engines by: R & W Hawthorn, Newcastle
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 10.6knots
Construction: Iron
Armament: 1 x 8.0ins, 1 x 6.0ins guns; (1899: 2 x 1 x 5.0ins, 1 x 4.7ins guns)
History:
28/10/1884 State of Queensland, Australia
1902 Australian Commonwealth Naval Force
1911 Royal Australian Navy
1916 Victorian Public Service Dept; renamed RIP
1951 Broken up
Comments: Acquired to deal with the perceived threat from the Russian Pacific fleet
With GAYUNDAH were the first vessels ordered by the Queensland government
Built at a cost of 35,000 each
1885: Leased to the British Royal Navy as HMS PALUMA
02/1893: Beached in the Brisbane Botanical Gardens by an exceptional flood.
13 days later a repeat flood allowed her to be salvaged
1895: Returned to State of Queensland control
1899: Re-armed


Above photo as PALUMA is copyright of the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences

Above photo as PALUMA is copyright of the State Library of Queensland

Above photo shows PALUMA aground at the Botanical Gardens

Above photo shows PALUMA aground at the Botanical Gardens

Jarrow Express, Friday, 09/05/1884