|Name HMS Perseus|
Laid down May 1896
Class and type Pelorus-class cruiser
Launched 15 July 1897
Draft 4.9 m
Construction started May 1896
Length 96 m
|Fate Sold for scrap, 26 May 1914|
Builders Earle's Shipbuilding, Kingston upon Hull
HMS Perseus was a Pelorus-class protected cruiser of the Royal Navy. There were eleven "Third class" protected cruisers in the class, which was designed by Sir William White. They mainly served at overseas stations rather than with the main fleets.
HMS Perseus displaced 2,135 tons, had a crew complement of 224 men and were armed with eight QF 4 inch (102 mm) guns, eight 3 pounder guns, three machine guns, and two 18 inch (457 mm) torpedo tubes. With reciprocating triple expansion engines fed by 14 Thornycroft boilers, the top speed was 20 knots (37 km/h).
HMS Perseus was laid down at Earle's Shipbuilding, Hull, in May 1896, launched on 15 July 1897, and completed in 1901. Under the command of Commander Edmund Radcliffe Pears, she was in March 1901 commissioned to form part of the East Indies fleet, and in September 1901 prevented the landing of Turkish troops at Kuwait.
HMS Perseus was sold for scrap on 26 May 1914.