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HMS (HMAS) Psyche

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Topic: HMS (HMAS) Psyche
Posted By: Mal Murray
Subject: HMS (HMAS) Psyche
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2010 at 20:36">HMAS Psyche in 1916
HMAS Psyche at Hong Kong in 1916
Career (Australia (RAN))">RAN Ensign
Builder: - HM Devonport Dockyard
Laid down: 1897
Launched: 19 July 1898
Acquired: 1 July 1915
Commissioned: 2 May 1899 (RN)
1 July 1915 (RAN)
Decommissioned: March 1918
Fate: Sold for scrap
General characteristics
Displacement: 2135 tons
Length: 95.7 metres (314 ft)
Beam: 11.2 metres (37 ft)
Draught: 5.18 metres (17.0 ft)
Speed: 20.5 knots (38.0 km/h) (design speed)
Complement: 230
Armament: 8 x - QF 4-inch (101.6 mm) guns
8 x 3-pounder guns
2 x 14-inch torpedo tubes
Armour: 50 millimetres (2.0 in) deck
HMAS Psyche was a - Pelorus class cruiser laid down for the - Royal Navy as HMS Psyche by - HM Devonport Dockyard at - Plymouth on November 1897, launched on 19 July 1898 and completed in 1900.

There were eleven ""Third class"" - protected cruisers in the - Pelorus class , which were designed by - Sir William White . While well armed for their size, they were primarily workhorses for the overseas fleet on “police” duties and did not serve with the main battlefleet.

They displaced 2,135 tons, had a crew complement of 224 men and were armed with eight - QF 4 inch (102 mm) (25 pounder) guns , eight 3 pounder guns, three machine guns, and two 18 inch (457 mm) torpedo tubes. With reciprocating - triple expansion engines and a variety of boilers, the top speed was 20 knots (37 km/h).

In 1914 she formed part of the escort for the New Zealand Force which - occupied German Samoa (now - Samoa ). Late in 1914 she was laid up in Sydney. On 1 July 1915 she was commissioned into the - Royal Australian Navy .

HMAS Psyche paid off on 26 March 1918 and was sold on 21 July 1922, ending up as a timber lighter (AWMM). 

  • - HMAS Psyche Australian War Memorial webpage
  • - World War I Naval Combat webpage

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Posted By: Mal Murray
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2010 at 20:38
The following extract is taken from the AWM webpage on this vessel, -

HMAS Psyche

Commissioned in 1899 as a light cruiser, Psyche served with the Royal Navy on the Australia Station prior to the First World War. Following the outbreak of war in August 1914, she took part in the operations to capture Germany’s Pacific colonies, and undertook escort duties. Returning to Australian waters, Psyche was laid up in Sydney in late 1914.

In July 1915, Psyche was commissioned into the RAN and was ordered to the Bay of Bengal. Based at Rangoon, she carried out routine patrols along the Burma Coast and Malay Archipelago. Disease, combined with poor food, inclement weather and dull duties led to dissatisfaction and indiscipline that culminated in several court martials in February and March 1916. Psyche was recalled to Singapore and an inquiry was held to determine the cause of the indiscipline and recommend measures to correct it.

Psyche returned to duty in the Bay of Bengal in April 1916 and in June 1916 she was redeployed to Hong Kong to patrol off the South Coast of China and Indo-China. Poor conditions continued to prevail aboard and in July 1916 almost a half of of the crew were suffering from illness.

Psyche returned to the Bay of Bengal in October 1916 and continued patrol work until she was recalled to Australia in September 1917, and paid off. She was recommissioned for patrol work off the eastern Australian coast in November and remained a commissioned vessel of the RAN until March 1918. Psyche was finally sold in 1922 and ended her days as a timber lighter.

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