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The Australasian Navy.

H.M.S. Goldfinch, which has (been* * selected for the service on the Ausl&aHan. station, will, ifc isexpected,'take thTplilce* of the gunboat Raven (states the"Sydney Daily.Telegraph.") The latter vessel was despatched from Sheeriiess-iii "1883^ arid will shortly complete, her 'secorid "continuous term of service on 'the Australian station. Tho Raven will return Jbo^ England to be put out of commission, aridVal not be again employed in.foreigh:Sßrvioß, as. her armament is obsolete and hei:speed considerably below that of gunboats of more modern construction. .. Her jsister ship the Starling, which has just returned home from the Mediterranean station, is to be refitted for coast defence duty, And . it is expected that a like:;QQureQciwill ? b^ followed with the Raven:, The Goldfinch, the new gunboat for this station, is compositebuilt, with engines bf ; -12QCf ty?^ power. She belongs to the "Redbreast type, and is equipped with six 4in breechloading guns and two ? quick-firings guns, ■ and is capable of; steamiiig'l3''fKnots. B H.M. S. Penguiri/ariOther warship ordered for service in Australian .waters, was undocked at Sheerness last month, after a thorough overhaul and repair at a.cost of £8000. Captain W.U.'Moofe'has bfeen appointed to the. Penguin, .and ; it,,is, reported that he has been ordered to take her on a scientific expedition through the South Pacific and around the coasts of Australia, Tasmania, and New: Zealand* To a large extent the cruise of the Penguin will be ft repetition of the-now histori* cruise of the Beagle, which gave the great naturalist, - Charles Darwin,] the;jo»pgo|tunifcy of studying the physical chkracteristics of the Antipodean-world. .Captain Moore's voyage, is, from the official point of view, to be undertaken for .surveying purposes only.r—(" Post.?) .. \ T} } >j

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The Australasian Navy., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2397, 10 April 1890

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The Australasian Navy. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2397, 10 April 1890