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Bathurst Class, Australian Fleet Minesweepers


Photograph of Bathurst-class minesweeper corvette

Australian War Memorial. Via Wikipedia Commons

Specifications:


Tonnage 650 tons
Dimensions 186' by 31' by 8'6"
56.7m by 9.4m by 2.6m
Maximum speed       15 knots
Complement Type 12780
Armament 1 4"/40 gun
1 40mm Bofors AA gun
2 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
40 depth charges
4 depth charge throwers
2 depth charge tracks
Machinery
2-shaft triple expansion reciprocating (1750 shp)
2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
Bunkerage
124 tons
Sensors
Sonar (likely Type 127)

The Bathursts were minesweeper corvettes constructed from 1941 on in Australian shipyards. About 60 of these corvettes were eventually constructed, 20 of which went to the Admiralty (with Australian crews), six of which went to the Royal Indian Navy, and the remainder of which were retained by the Royal Australian Navy. They were versatile ships used for minesweeping, patrolling, and escort.

Units in the Pacific:

Ballarat       
Darwin
Warrnambool     
Darwin
Deloraine
Sydney
Lithgow
Sydney
Mildura
Sydney
Toowoomba     
Sydney

Wollongong     
Fremantle
Bendigo
Singapore

Burnie
Singapore
Goulburn
Singapore
Mayborough     
Singapore
Townsville
Completed 1941-12-19 (Brisbane)
Bathurst
Arrived 1941-12-29 (Colombo)

Lismore
Arrived 1941-12-29 (Colombo)
Katoomba
Completed 1941-12-31 (Sydney)
Colac
Completed 1942-1-6 (Sydney)
Whyalla
Completed 1942-1-8 (Whyalla)
Geelong
Completed 1942-1-16 (Melbourne) Sunk in collision with tanker York on 1944-10-18 north of New Guinea
Rockhampton     
Completed 1942-1-21 (Maryborough)     

Cessnock
Completed 1942-1-26 (Sydney)
Geraldton
Completed 1942-4-6 (Sydney)
Kalgoorlie
Completed 1942-4-7 (Whyalla)
Launceston     
Completed 1942-4-9 (Brisbane)
Cairns
Completed 1942-5-11 (Maryborough)     

Gladstone
Completed 1942-5-11 (Maryborough)     

Armidale
Completed 1942-6-11 (Sydney)

Ipswich
Completed 1942-6-13 (Brisbane)

Castlemaine     
Completed 1942-6-17 (Melbourne)
Wallaroo
Completed 1942-7-15 (Sydney) Sunk in collision with Henry Gilbert Costin on 1943-6-11 off Fremantle
Broome
Completed 1942-7-29 (Brisbane)
Dubbo
Completed 1942-7-31 (Sydney)
Tamworth
Completed 1942-8-8 (Maryborough)     
Gawler
Completed 1942-8-14 (Whyalla)
Echuca
Completed 1942-9-7 (Melbourne)
Bundaberg
Completed 1942-9-12 (Brisbane)
Inverell
Completed 1942-9-17 (Sydney)
Pirie
Completed 1942-10-10 (Whyalla)
Kapunda
Completed 1942-10-21 (Sydney)
Gympie
Completed 1942-11-4 (Brisbane)
Latrobe
Completed 1942-11-6 (Sydney)
Bowen
Completed 1942-11-9 (Brisbane)
Glenelg
Completed 1942-11-16 (Sydney)
Horsham
Completed 1942-11-18 (Melbourne)
Wagga
Completed 1942-12-18 (Sydney)
Bunbury
Completed 1943-1-3 (Brisbane)
Shepparton
Completed 1943-2-1 (Melbourne)
Fremantle
Completed 1943-3-24 (Brisbane)
Benalla
Completed 1943-4-27 (Melbourne)

Cootamundra     
Completed 1943-4-30 (Sydney)
Ararat
Completed 1943-6-16 (Brisbane)
Stawell
Completed 1943-8-7 (Melbourne)
Cowra
Completed 1943-10-8

Kiama
Completed 1944-1-26 (Sydney)
Strahan
Completed 1944-3-14 (Newcastle)

Junee
Completed 1944-4-11 (Sydney)
Parkes
Completed 1944-5-25 (Brisbane)


References

Friedman (2006)
Gogin (2010; accessed 2012-12-9)
HMS Mildura website (accessed 2007-1-19)

Royal Australian Navy (accessed 2009-12-25)

Worth (2001)



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