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Opal, 1875
Type: Cruiser, 3rd Class ; late Corvette ; Armament 12
Launched : 9 Mar 1875 ; Disposal date or year : 1892
Displacement: 2162 tons
Propulsion: Screw
Machinery notes: 2116 hpi

Laid down as Magicienne.

10 Jan 1876 Commissioned at Sheerness.

1879 Pacific. Ordered home to Spithead.

Apr 1886 Australia.

28 Jun 1886, in Farm Cove, Sydney, whilst firing a Royal salute, one of the MLR guns, 64-pndr., exploded without warning, killing A.B. Frederick Harvey, and critically injuring James Talbot, a gunner in the RMA, who was admitted to Sydney hospital. The coroner, without carrying out an inquest decided it was an accident.

27 Oct 1886 Re-commissioned at Sydney.

1890 Australia.