|One of the Mk.1 Tempest Class from the Armstrong Colossus Works, HMC Auster was commissioned in 1861.|
|A single pilot class, the Auster was built around the new Hotchkiss Rotary 3lb Cannon.|
|Uniquely this class had a head that was able to move freely. While increasing range of vision it left the pilot dangerously confined and the design soon fell out of favor.|
|The Auster saw deployment with the Mobile Light Battery during the American Intervention. The Battery Recognition stripes are still evident.|
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