HMS Veronica (1915)

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Name: HMS Veronica
Builder: Dunlop Bremner & Company, Port Glasgow
Laid down: January 1915
Launched: 27 May 1915
Completed: August 1915
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 22 February 1935
General characteristics
Class and type: Acacia-class sloop
Displacement: 1,200 long tons (1,219 t)
Length: 250 ft (76 m) p/p
262 ft 6 in (80.01 m) o/a
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draught: 12 ft (3.7 m)
Propulsion: 1 × 4-cylinder triple expansion engine
2 × cylindrical boilers
1 screw
Range: 2,000 nmi (3,700 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) with max. 250 tons of coal
Complement: 77
Armament: • 2 × 12-pdr (76 mm) guns
• 2 × 3-pdr (47 mm) AA guns

HMS Veronica (Pennant no. T87 in 1/18, later T67) was a Royal Navy Acacia class sloop built by Dunlop Bremner & Company, Port Glasgow. She was laid down January 1915, launched 27 May 1915 and completed in August 1915. The Acacia class Fleet Sweeping Sloops were adapted for escort work, minesweeping and as decoy warships.

She was in the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy from 19 September 1920 to 24 February 1934, where she exercised with cruisers, toured New Zealand ports, took part in ceremonial occasions, and went on annual Pacific Island cruises. This was in conjunction with her sister ship Laburnum which was similar, but with small differences as they came from different commercial shipyards.

HMS Veronica is well known for helping survivors in the aftermath of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake in New Zealand. Having berthed in Port Ahuriri only three hours before the earthquake, she radioed Auckland for help, which was provided by the cruisers Dunedin and Diomede. She was subsequently docked for inspection for possible bottom damage as the seabed had risen up under her.

She left Auckland on 24 February 1934 for paying off at Chatham. She was sold on 22 February 1935 to John Cashmore Ltd, and broken up at Newport, Wales, in 1935.

See also


  • McDougall, R J New Zealand Naval Vessels pp18-19 (1989, Government Printing Office, Wellington) ISBN 9780477013994