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HMS Porpoise (1886)
HMS Porpoise Sydney 1900 AWM 302239.jpeg
HMS Porpoise anchored in Sydney Harbour in 1900.
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Porpoise
Builder: J. & G. Thompson, Glasgow
Launched: 7 May 1886
Fate: sold on 10 February 1905 for breaking up at Bombay.
General characteristics
Class & type: Archer-class torpedo cruiser
Notes: Archer class cruiser diagrams Brasseys 1888.jpg

HMS Porpoise was an Archer-class torpedo cruiser of the Royal Navy, built by J. & G. Thompson at Glasgow and launched on 7 May 1886.[1]

Commenced service on the Australia Station in December 1897. During the Samoan civil unrest in 1899, she took part in operations with HMS Royalist and HMS Tauranga.[1] She left the Australia Station and was paid off at Portsmouth 20 May 1901.[2] She was sold at Bombay on 10 February 1905.[1]

Commanding officers

  • Commander A. H. D. Ravenhill - until May 1901[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bastock, p.108.
  2. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 21 May 1901. 
  3. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 1 March 1901. 


  • Bastock, John (1988), Ships on the Australia Station, Child & Associates Publishing Pty Ltd; Frenchs Forest, Australia. ISBN 0-86777-348-0

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