HMS Mallow (1915)
|Builder:||Barclay Curle, Glasgow|
|Launched:||13 July 1915|
|Fate:||Transferred to Royal Australian Navy, 1919|
|Decommissioned:||20 November 1925|
|Fate:||Sunk as a target, 24 April 1935|
|Class and type:||Acacia-class sloop|
|Displacement:||1,200 long tons (1,219 t)|
|Beam:||33 ft (10 m)|
|Draught:||12 ft (3.7 m)|
|Range:||2,000 nmi (3,700 km; 2,300 mi) at 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph) with max. 250 tons of coal|
World War I
During World War I, the sloop was tasked primarily with minesweeping. On 31 December 1915, Mallow picked up the bulk of the survivors of the passenger ship Persia (which had been torpedoed the day before off Crete) and conveyed them to Alexandria. In 1918, Mallow rescued the passengers of the French mailboat Djemnah, including future acting Governor-General of Madagascar Joseph Guyon, after the mailboat was torpedoed by a German U-boat. Mallow later received letters of commendation from the Admiralty and Guyon.
With the RAN
The sloop was transferred to the RAN in 1919.
Decommissioning and fate
Mallow paid off to reserve on 18 October 1919, was decommissioned on 20 November 1925, and sunk as a target on 24 April 1935.
- "2 January 1916 – Ted – The Sinking of the Persia". familyletters.co.uk. Retrieved 12 January 2017.