|Builder||Sir W.G. Armstrong, Mitchell & Co.|
|Yard Number - Gayundah||470|
|Yard Number - Paluma||469|
|Cost to build||£35,000 ea|
The above suggests that the two ships were built together with critical dates concurring. This seems unlikely, especially the launching of two ships on the one day. It is however the only data I have been able to discover on the matter, so for now I’ll take it as read !
A merger between William Armstrong and Charles Mitchell in the new company Armstrong, Mitchell & Co. Ltd. in 1882.
William Armstrong had established a company at Elswick in 1847 and had become one of the world’s leading armament manufacturers.
Plans for a new shipyard to build warships only, next to the Elswick Works, were laid in 1883. Even though the Elswick Yard was supposed to build all their warships, for over the 14 years to 1899 Low Walker built 11 small warships. (including Gayundah and Paluma).
The Low Walker yard