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HMS Sparrow 1889 - 1906     NZS  Amokura 1906 - 1955


Construction: composite hull; carvel Teak planking on steel frames.

Rig:     three masted auxillary barquentine, square rigged on the foremast, fore-and-aft on the after masts.

Length:     165 feet.

Beam:     31 feet.

Draught:     minimum; 11.6 feet, maximum; 13.9 feet.

Displacement:     805 tons.

Propulsion:     single 720 hp (normal draught) and 1,200 hp (forced) coal fired horizontal steam engine driving a two bladed propeller.

Cruising speed:     13 knots.

Armament:     six 4-inch breech loading guns, two Hotchkiss 3 pounders and two Nordenfelt machine guns.

Complement:     76.

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