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Pearl-class cruiser
HMS Tauranga 1902 AWM 300009.jpeg
HMS Tauranga in Tasmania circa. 1902
Class overview
Name: Pearl

 Royal Navy  Royal Australian Navy

 Royal New Zealand Navy
Preceded by: Eclipse-class cruiser
Succeeded by: Arrogant-class cruiser
In commission: 1890 - 1947
Completed: 9
Active: none
General characteristics
Type: Third-class cruiser
Displacement: 2,575 tons
Length: 278 ft (84.7 m) oa
256 ft (78.0 m) pp[1]
Beam: 41 ft (12.5 m)[1]
Draught: 15 ft 6 in (4.72 m)
Installed power: 7,500 ihp on forced draught
  • 2 x 3-cylinder triple-expansion steam engines
  • 4 x double-ended cylindrical boilers
  • 2 screws[1]
Speed: 19 knots
Complement: 217

8 x QF 4.7 inch (120 mm) guns
8 x 3-pounder guns
4 x machine guns

2 x 14-inch (356 mm) torpedo tubes

The Pearl-class cruiser was a class of nine third-class cruisers designed by Sir William White, five of which were paid for by Australia under the terms of the Imperial Defence Act of 1887 to serve in Australian waters.


Pearl-class ships displaced 2,575 tons and were capable of 19 knots (35.2 km/h).

Right elevation, deck plan and hull section as depicted in Brassey's Naval Annual 1897


Name Launched Fate
HMS Pallas 1890 Sold for scrap in 1906.
HMS Pandora 1889 Renamed HMS Katoomba. Sold for scrap in 1906.
HMS Pearl 1890 Sold for scrap in 1906.
HMS Pelorus 1889 Renamed HMS Mildura. Sold for scrap in 1906.
HMS Persian 1890 Renamed HMS Wallaroo and then HMS Wallington. Changed back to original in 1920 before being sold for scrap.
HMS Philomel 1890 Transferred to New Zealand Navy in 1914. Sold on 17 January 1947. Scuttled 6 August 1949.
HMS Phoebe 1890 Sold for scrap in 1906.
HMS Phoenix 1889 Renamed HMS Tauranga. Sold for scrap in 1906.
HMS Psyche 1889 Renamed HMS Ringarooma. Sold for scrap in 1906.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Winfield (2004) p.276

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