The Purchase of the Australian Colonial Gunboats

By Colin Jones, published May 1995


In 1882 the government of the British colony of Victoria in Australia decided to invest in new gunboats and torpedo boats for its navy, a decision that was the catalyst for the creation of naval forces in other colonies. The vessels were to be of unusual design, and unlike contemporary Royal Naval vessels. The nature of the decision-making process and the way that it affected the type of warships bought is considered.

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Filed under: Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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