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HMVS Childers

HMVS Childers was a first-class torpedo boat of the Victorian Naval Forces, Commonwealth Naval Forces and the Royal Australian Navy. It was constructed for the colony of Victoria by Thornycroft of Chiswick, England at a cost of 10,500.
HMVS Childers
HMVS Childers

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She was laid down in 1883, and completed by the start of 1884. She displaced 63 tons, was 18.5ft (36.1m) long and 2.16ft (3.71 m) across the beam. She was propelled by expansion steam engines that could generate a speed of 19 to 20 knots (3537km/h). She had a complement:12 men.

Her armament consiste dof two 1 pdr guns, two 14 inch torpedo tubes, four sets of dropping gear.

Operational history

HMVS Childers sailed from Portsmouth on 3 February 1884. Later that month, she was in Malta on her delivery voyage to Victoria with HMVS Albert and HMVS Victoria, when news of General Gordon's death at Khartoum arrived. The colony of Victoria immediately offered the three ships for service in the Sudan. The offer was accepted, and Childers was sent ahead, arriving on 19 March at Suakin. By this time, the conflict had moved too far inland for warships to be of any assistance, and so the vessels departed three days later.

They arrived in Melbourne on 26 June after travelling via Aden, Colombo, the Dutch East Indies and Torres Strait.

Childers joined the Commonwealth Naval Forces with Federation in 1901 and the Royal Australian Navy when it was formed in 1911.

During World War I she served in Victorian waters and as a tender to HMAS Cerberus.

Decommissioning and fate

Childers was sold to J.J. Savage & Co. of South Yarra on 5 April 1918 for 20 and was eventually hulked on Swan Island in Port Phillip.