|HMVS Cerberus is a breastwork monitor, a type of turreted warship designed in the 1860s by Edward Reed. Launched in 1868 to defend the Australian colony of Victoria, Cerberus was named after the three-headed mythical dog which guarded the entrance to Hades. |
Cerberus is one the few surviving examples of a monitor warship in the world, but is currently rapidly deteriorating in Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay. A local campaign to save the vessel has thus far failed to raise the required capital.