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Type: Cruiser, 3rd Class ; Armament 6
Launched : 1886 ; Displacement: 1770 tons
Machinery notes: 3500
1 Jan 1889 Commissioned at Devonport
1890 East Indies
29 Mar 1900 To be recommissioned at Chatham for the East Indies Station.
17 June 1900 It is reported that the Melpomene, which has been releived on the East Indies station by the Cossack, is expected at Portsmouth..
Either scrapped or renamed prior to 16 Feb 1907, when the Torpedo Boat Destroyer by the same name was launched.