Pelorous Class Third Class Protected Cruisers

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hms pelorous Pelorous Class.  The class were used to compare different boiler types with different ships having different types.  HMS Pomone and Pactolus had so many problems with their Blechynden boilers that they were removed from active service several years before the rest of the class.

HMS Pelorous
Built Sheernes Dockyard, laid down May 1896, completed 1897.

HMS Pandora
Built Portsmouth Dockyard, laid down 1896, completed 1901.

HMS Pegasus
Built Palmer, Jarrow, laid down May 1896, completed 1899.

HMS Perseus
Built Earle, Hull, laid down May 1896, completed 1901.

HMS Pactolus
Built Armstrong, Elswick, laid down May 1896, completed September 1898.

HMS Pioneer
Built Chatham Dockyard, laid down December 1896, completed 1900.

HMS Pomone
Built Sheerness Dockyard, laid down December 1896, completed May 1899.

HMS Prometheus
Built Earle, Hull, laid down 1897, completed 1901.

HMS Proserpine
Built Sheerness Dockyard, laid down March 1896, completed 1899.

HMS Psyche
Built Devonport Dockyard, laid down November 1897, completed 1900.

HMS Pyramus
Built Palmer, Jarrow, laid down May 1896, completed 1900.

Average cost 150,000.

Size:
Length 300 feet pp 313 feet 6 inches overall, beam 36 feet 6 inches, draught 16 feet, displacement 2,135 tons load.

Propulsion:
2 shaft TE engines, 5,000 ihp, 18.5 knots

Trials:
Pelorous 7,028 ihp = 20.7 knots
Proserpine 7,146 ihp = 21 knots
Pegasus 7,134 ihp = 21.2 knots
Perseus 7,058 ihp = 20.0 knots
Prometheus 7,274 ihp = 20.8 knots
Pyramus 7,303 ihp = 20.7 knots
Pioneer 7,192 ihp = 20 knots
Psyche 7,006 ihp = 20.48 knots
Pandora 7,331 ihp = 20.8 knots

Armour:
0.25in gun shields, 2-1.5in decks

Armament:
8 x 4in QF (8 x 1), 8 x 3 pounder QF (8 x 1), 2 x 18in TT

Comments:
Smaller follow on to the generally similar Pearl class Third Class Cruisers (which didn't serve in WW1). Crew 224.

World War 1 Service:
Pelorous

1914 Bristol channel.
1915 Gibraltar.
1916 Depot ship Suda Bay.
1920 Sold for scrap.

Pandora
1913 Sold for scrap.

Pegasus
1914 Cape Station.
20 September 1914 Sunk by SMS Konigsberg at Zanzibar.

Perseus
1914 Sold for scrap.

Pactolus
Submarine depot ship Ardrossan.
1921 sold for scrap.

Pioneer
1912 Transferred to Royal Australian Navy.
1914 Training ship Sydney.
1915 East Africa.
13 June 1916 Bombarded Dar-es-Salaam.
August 1916 Reserve.
1931 Scuttled.

Pomone
Training ship Dartmouth.
1922 sold for scrap.

Prometheus
1914 Sold for scrap.

Proserpine
7th Cruiser Squadron Channel.
1915 Egypt.
1915 Mesopotamia.
1919 Sold for scrap.

Psyche
1914 New Zealand.
1915 China.
1915 Loaned to RAN and used as training ship.
1922 Scrapped.

Pyramus
1914 New Zealand.
1915 Persian Gulf and East Indies.
1915 Depot ship Mudros.
1920 sold for scrap.

HMS Pyramus.  These small cruisers whilst reasonably armed for their size were never expected to serve with the battle fleet even when new and they spent their careers on overseas stations primarily for colonial 'police' type work. hms Pyramus

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