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Royal Navy third class cruisers of the Pelorus Class. Ships in the class were HMS Pyramus, HMS Pelorus, HMS Pandora, HMS Pegasus, HMS Perseus, HMS Pactolus, HMS Pioneer, HMS Prometheus, HMS Proserpine, HMS Psyche and HMS Pomone

Apart from HMS Pandora, Perseus, and Prometheus. the cruisers of the class served in overseas stations at the time of the outbreak of world war one. ,

 HMS Pomone had been used for harbour service and as a training ship at Dartmouth in January 1910 and later sold to scrap in 1922. 

HMS Pactulus had been converted to a submarine depot ship in September 1912  and during 1914 to 1918  served at Ardrossan, Scotland with the 9th Submarine Flotilla during the war and sold to scrap in May 1921.  

HMS Pelorus at the outbreak of world war one had been on patrol in the Bristol Channel, and was sent to the Mediterranean station. In 1916 

HMS Pelorus was converted to a depot ship and after the war was scrapped in may 1920. 

HMS Pegasus at the outbreak of world war one was at The Cape of Good Hope Station and was immediately sent to Eats Africa. an don the 20th September 1914 ay Zanzibar she was sunk by Gunfire from the German Light Cruiser Konigsburg.

HMS Pyramus at the outbreak of world war one was serving in New Zealand and was sent in February 1915 to the Persian Gulf and then transferred to the Eats Indies. After the war was finally scrapped in January 1920 

HMS Psyche at the outbreak of world war one was serving in New Zealand and was transferred to the New Zealand Navy and sent to China in July 1915 after the war HMS Pyramus was scrapped at Melbourne Australia in June 1922.

Displacement: 2135 tons   Speed: 20 knots.  Crew 224  Armament: Eight 4 inch guns,  Eight 3 pdr,  3 machine guns  and Two 18-inch Torpedo Tubes

HMS Pandora 17th January 1900 Sold for scrap in July 1913.
HMS Pelorus 15th December 1896 Served as a depot ship in 1916 before being sold for scrap on 6th May 1920.
HMS Pegasus 4th March 1897 Sunk by gunfire on 20th September 1914.from the German Light Cruiser Konigsburg
HMS Perseus 15th July 1897 Sold for scrap on 26th May 1914.
HMS Pactolus 21st December 1896 Served as a depot ship in September 1912 before being sold for scrap on 25th October 1921.
HMS Pioneer 28th June 1899 Served with the Australian Navy from 1st July 1915 and sold in 1924. She was scuttled on 19th February 1931.
HMS Pomone 25th November 1897 Used for harbour service from January 1910 until scrapped in June 1922.
HMS Prometheus 20th October 1898 Sold for scrap on 28th May 1914.
HMS Proserpine 5th December 1896 Sold for scrap on 30th November 1919.
HMS Psyche 19th July 1898 Served with the Australian Navy from 1st July 1915 until sold for scrap in June 1922.

HMS Pyramus

15th May 1897

Sold for scrap on 21st April 1920.
HMS Pandora

Displacement: 2135 tons   Speed: 20 knots.  Crew 224  Armament: Eight 4 inch guns,  Eight 3 pdr,  3 machine guns  and Two 18-inch Torpedo Tubes

HMS Pandora, 1901.

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HMS Pandora c.1900

This photograph was taken as the Pandora steamed past the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. She was one of a class of 11 ships, The Pandora was the last of this class to be built while Pelorus was the first.

HMS Pelorus

HMS Pelorus at the outbreak of world war one had been on patrol in the Bristol Channel, and was sent to the Mediterranean station. In 1916 HMS Pelorus was converted to a depot ship and after the war was scrapped in may 1920

Displacement: 2135 tons   Speed: 20 knots.  Crew 224  Armament: Eight 4 inch guns,  Eight 3 pdr,  3 machine guns  and Two 18-inch Torpedo Tubes

HMS Pelorus, June 25th, 1896

HMS Pelorus.

HMS Pelorus. Contributed by email.

HMS Pegasus

HMS Pegasus.

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HMS Perseus

Displacement: 2135 tons   Speed: 20 knots.  Crew 224  Armament: Eight 4 inch guns,  Eight 3 pdr,  3 machine guns  and Two 18-inch Torpedo Tubes

HMS Perseus of the Pelorus Class. 

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HMS Pioneer

HMS Pioneer.

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HMS Pomone

HMS Pomone, 1899.

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HMS Prometheus

Displacement: 2135 tons   Speed: 20 knots.  Crew 224  Armament: Eight 4 inch guns,  Eight 3 pdr,  3 machine guns  and Two 18-inch Torpedo Tubes

HMS Prometheus in 1902.

HMS Prometheus.

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HMS Proserpine

Displacement: 2135 tons   Speed: 20 knots.  Crew 224  Armament: Eight 4 inch guns,  Eight 3 pdr,  3 machine guns  and Two 18-inch Torpedo Tubes

HMS Proserpine.

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HMS Psyche

HMS Psyche at the outbreak of world war one was serving in New Zealand and was transferred to the New Zealand Navy and sent to China in July 1915 after the war HMS Pyramus was scrapped at Melbourne Australia in June 1922.

Displacement: 2135 tons   Speed: 20 knots.  Crew 224  Armament: Eight 4 inch guns,  Eight 3 pdr,  3 machine guns  and Two 18-inch Torpedo Tubes

The stern of HMS Psyche in 1916, after transfer to the Australian Navy in 1915.

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HMS Pyramus

HMS Pyramus at the outbreak of world war one was serving in New Zealand and was sent in February 1915 to the Persian Gulf and then transferred to the Eats Indies. After the war was finally scrapped in January 1920

 Displacement: 2135 tons   Speed: 20 knots.  Crew 224  Armament: Eight 4 inch guns,  Eight 3 pdr,  3 machine guns  and Two 18-inch Torpedo Tubes

The third class cruiser HMS Pyramus which served in both the Australian and New Zealand navies during the first world war.

 
 

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