|Name||No||Yard No||Builder||Laid down||Launched||Comp||Fate|
|Proserpine||N84||Sheerness DYd||3.1896||5.12.1896||1899||sold for BU 11.1919|
|Pelorus||Sheerness DYd||5.1895||15.12.1896||3.1897||depot ship 1916|
|Pactolus||657||Armstrong, Elswick||5.1896||21.12.1896||9.1898||submarine depot ship 9.1912|
|Pegasus||718||Palmers, Jarrow||16.5.1896||4.3.1897||8.1898||sunk 20.9.1914|
|Pyramus||719||Palmers, Jarrow||15.5.1896||15.5.1897||1900||sold for BU 1.1920|
|Perseus||411||Earle, Hull||25.5.1896||15.7.1897||3.1901||sold 1914|
|Pomone||Sheerness DYd||21.12.1896||25.11.1897||5.1899||training hulk 1.1910|
|Psyche (7/1915- RAN)||Devonport DYd||11/1897||19.7.1898||1900||sold for BU 6.1922|
|Prometheus||412||Earle, Hull||1897||20.10.1898||6.1899||sold for BU 5.1914|
|Pioneer (12/1912- RAN)||Chatham DYd||16.12.1897||28.6.1899||11/1900||hulk 1924|
|Pandora||Portsmouth DYd||3.1.1898||17.1.1900||11.1901||sold for BU 7.1913|
|Displacement normal, t|
|Displacement full, t||
2135 - 2200
91.4 pp 95.6 oa
|No of shafts||
Pandora, Perseus, Pioneer, Prometheus, Proserpine, Psyche: 2 3-cyl. VTE, 16 Thornycroft boilers
Pelorus: 2 3-cyl. VTE, 16 Normand boilers
Pegasus, Pyramus: 2 3-cyl. VTE, 16 Reed boilers
Pactolus, Pomone: 2 3-cyl. VTE, 16 Blechynden boilers
|Power, h. p.||
|Max speed, kts||
steel; deck: 51 - 38, gun shields: 6, CT: 76
8 x 1 - 102/40 QF Mk I/III, 8 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 3 х 1 - 7.7/94, 2 - 450 TT (beam, aw)
The Pelorus class were very similar in appearance and general arrangement to the earlier Pearl class but were slightly smaller, with a lighter armament, and demonstrated a different approach to the problem of obtaining high speed. They had more powerful machinery that the the earlier class with a natural draught power of 5000ihp compared with 4000ihp, but forced draught power was restricted to a realistic 7000ihp which was 500ihp less than that in Pearl and her sisters. In order, therefore, to provide for the high designed speed of 20kts they were made longer and narrower than the Pearls, with a length to beam ratio of 8.2:1 compared with 6.5:1. The narrower beam also meant a reduction in the level of stability and although their lighter armament compensated for this to some extent, they proved to be poor sea boats, having a heavy roll and being very wet in heavy weather. Apart from the substitution of 102mm QFs for 120mm QFs, the gun armament was identical to that in the Pearl class and was disposed in the same manner. They were fitted with a variety of boilers to test the qualities of some of the many water tube types available. The results were varied and, while most of the class exceeded their designed power, making between 20 and 21kts on trial, they all suffered from a certain amount of boiler trouble and after a few years' service average maximum speeds were around 16-17kts. The least successful were Pomone and Pactolus, whose Blechynden boilers were so troublesome that the ships were removed from the effective list after only a few years' service.
Main deck has 38-32mm flat part and 51-44mm slopes. Thicker part was over machinery.
Pegasus was sunk in action with German cruiser Königsberg at Zanzibar.
Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.