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Name: PROTECTOR
Type: Cruiser; (1912: Gunboat)
Keel: 08/12/1882
Launched: 27/12/1883
Completed: 19/07/1884
Builder: Sir WG Armstrong, Mitchell & Co
Yard: Low Walker
Yard Number: 457
Dimensions: 921disp, 80.5 x 30.0 x 12.5(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x 2cyl, 1500ihp
Engines by: R & W Hawthorn, Newcastle
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 14.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 1 x 8.0ins, 5 x 1 x 6.0ins, 4 x 1 x 3.0pdr guns
(1912: 3 x 1 x 4.0ins QF, 2 x 1 x 12pdr QF, 4 x 1 x 3pdr QF guns)
History:
19/07/1884 Government of South Australia
1911 Royal Australian Navy
1924 Sold; renamed SYDNEY
1943 Wrecked
Comments: 1911: Converted to a gunboat, with built up bow
1924: Converted into a lighter, carrying wool between Geelong & Brisbane
1943: Requisitioned by the US Army, but damaged when under tow to New Guinea
1943: Beached off Heron Island, Queensland & used as a breakwater
Wreck still in existance


Above photo as originally configured as a cruiser. Photo courtesy of Terry Summerson

Above photo as originally configured as a cruiser. Photo copyright of Allan C Green

Above photo as configured as a gunboat. Photo copyright of Allan C Green

Above photo as configured as a gunboat. Photo copyright of Allan C Green