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HMS Penguin
Career (United Kingdom) File:Naval Ensign of the United

HMS Penguin

Builder: Robert Napier and Sons, Govan
Cost: Hull: £39,643
Machinery: £11,853[1]
Yard number: 342
Laid down: 14 July 1874
Launched: 25 March 1876
Commissioned: 23 August 1877
Career (Australia) File:Naval Ensign of the United

HMAS Penguin

Commissioned: 1 July 1913[2]
Fate: Converted to crane hulk in 1924
General characteristics

Class and type: Osprey-class screw composite sloop[1]
Displacement: 1,130 tons[3]
Length: 170 ft (52 m)[3]
Beam: 36 ft (11 m)[3]
Draught: 15 ft 9 in (4.80 m)[1]
Installed power: 666 indicated horsepower

  • Two-cylinder horizontal compound-expansion steam engine
  • Three cylindrical boilers
  • Single 13 ft (4.0 m) screw
Sail plan:

Barque rigged

Speed: 9.9 kn (18.3 km/h)[1]
Range: 1,480 nmi (2,740 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h)[1]
Complement: 140

HMS Penguin was an Osprey-class sloop of the Royal Navy, built by Robert Napier and Sons, Govan and launched on 25 March 1876.[4]

She commissioned on service for the Pacific Station until 1881, when she was paid off.[4] Recommisioned in 1886 for the East Indies Station, she partificapted in the blockade of Zanzibar in 1888 before returning to England and being paid off in 1889. She underwent a refit as a survey vessel and commenced service on the Australia Station in 1890 and undertook survey work around the Western Pacific islands, New Zealand and the Great Barrier Reef. Her masts removed, she was transferred for harbour service at Sydney in 1908, before being commissioned into the RAN as HMAS Penguin, a depot ship, on 1 July 1913.[2]

Her hull was sold to Samuel Waugh Ltd and converted into a crane hulk at Sydney in 1924. Sold for breaking up her hull was burnt on 13 December 1960 at Kerosene Bay, Sydney.[1][4]





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