List of RAN Ships from 1911 - onwards

List compiled by David Stratton
Last updated 27 October 2003
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Aircraft Carriers Battlecruiser Cruisers Destroyers Frigates Destroyer Escorts Sloops Submarines Mine Warfare Vessels Patrol Boats Other Vessels

 

Aircraft Carriers

NameComm'dFateNotes:
MODIFIED MAJESTIC CLASS CARRIERS
Melbourne28/10/55Paid off 1982Formerly HMS Majestic.
Sydney16/12/48Decom 1973
Broken up 30/10/75
Formerly HMS Terrible

Battlecruiser

NameComm'dFateNotes:
INDEFATIGABLE CLASS BATTLECRUISER
Australia21/6/1913Decom 12/12/21.
Scuttled off Sydney 12/4/24
 

Cruisers

 
NameComm'dFateNotes:
FORMER COLONIAL LIGHT CRUISER
Protector10/7/11Sold 1924 renamed Sidney - beached 1943.From South Australia - Absorbed into RAN 10/7/11
   
CHALLENGER CLASS LIGHT CRUISER
EncounterLoaned from RN 1/7/1912.
Transferred from RN to RAN Dec 1919

 

Paid off 15/8/29.
Sunk by gunfire off Sydney 14/9/32
Depot Ship 1/1/23 and renamed Pe nquin.
   
PELORUS CLASS LIGHT CRUISERS
PioneerTransferred from RN 1/4/ 15 Decom 7/11/16
Scuttled off Sydney 18/2/31
Accommodation ship from1916 to 1922.
PsycheTransferred from RN 1/7/15 Paid off 26/3/18
Sold 21/7/22
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TOWN CLASS LIGHT CRUISERS
Brisbane3 0/10/1916 Paid off 1929.
Sold June 1936
 
Melbourne18/1/1913Paid off 23/4/28.
Scrapped in UK during 1929
 
Sydney Jun 1913Paid off 8/5/28.
Scrapped from 10/1/29
 
   
IMPROVED TOWN CLASS LIGHT CRUISER
Adelaide5/8/1922 Paid off 26/2/45.
Sold 21/3/1947.
 
&nbs p;  
COUNTY CLASS HEAVY CRUISERS
Australia24/4/28Paid off 31/8/54.
Sold 25/1/55.
&nb sp;
Canberra9/7/28Sunk off Guadalcanal on 9/8/4 2. 
ShropshireTransferred from RN 20/4/43Paid off 1949.
Sold 16/7/54.
Transferred as a replacement for HMAS Canberra. Formerly HMS Shropshire
   
MODIFIED LEAN DER CLASS LIGHT CRUISERS
Sydney24/9/35Sunk Indian Ocean 19/11/1941 after action with SMS KormoranLaid down as HMS Phaeton.
Hobart28/9/38Paid off Dec 1947.
Sold 22/2/62.
Formerly HMS Apollo.
Perth26/9/39 Sunk in Sunda Strait 1/3/194 2.Formerly HMS Amphion.

Destroyers

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NameComm'dFateNotes:
RIVER CLASS TORPEDO BOAT DESTROYERS
Huon14/12/1915Paid off 7/6/28.
Sunk by gunfire 10/4/31
 
Parramatta10/9/10 Paid off 20/4/28.
Foundered 8/12/34
 
Swan16/8/16Paid off 15/5/28.
Foundered 2/3/34
 
Torrens3/7/16Paid of f 1926.
Sunk by gunfire 24/11/30
 
Warrego1/6/12Paid off 19/4/28.
Sunk 22/7/31
 
Yarra10/9/10Paid off 1919.
Sunk 22/8/32
 
   
MARKSMAN CLASS DESTROYER LEADER
AnzacTransferred from RN 1920Sold 8/8/35.
Sunk by gunfire 7/5/36.
 
   
ADMIRALTY S CLASS DESTROYERS
StalwartTransferred from RN 27/1/20Paid off 1/12/25. 
SuccessTransferred from RN 27/1/20Paid off 21/5/30. 
Swordsman Transferred from RN 27/1/20Paid off 21/12/29 
TasmaniaTransferred from RN 27/1/20Paid off 9/1/28. 
   
SCOTT CLASS DESTROYER
StuartTransferred from RN 11/10/33Paid off Feb 1946.
Sold 3/2/47.
Fast troop transport from 1944
   
V & W CLASS DESTROYERS
VampireTransferred from RN 11/10/33Sunk in Indian Ocean 8/4/1942 by Japanese Naval Aircraft 
VendettaT ransferred from RN 11/10/33Paid off 27/11/45.
Sold 20/3/46.
 
VoyagerTransferred from RN 11/10/33Total loss after running agr ound on
on Timor 23/9/42
 
WaterhenTransferred from RN 11/10/33Sunk in Mediterranean Sea 30/6/41 by German aircraft 
   
TRIBAL CLASS DESTROYERS
Arunta30/4/42Sold 1/11/68
Lost during tow 13/2/69
 
Warramunga23/11/42Sold 15/2/63 
Bataan26/6/45 Sold 1958 
   
N CLASS DESTROYERS
Napier28/11/40Paid off Oct 1945 and returned to RN. On loan from RN
Nepal1/5/42Paid off Oct 1945 and returned to RN.On loan from RN
Nestor3/2/41Scuttled after d amage by German aircraft in Mediterranean on 16/6/42 On loan from RN
Nizam8/1/41Paid off Oct 1945 and returned to RN.On loan from RN
Norman15/9/41Paid off Oct 1945 and returned to RNOn loan from RN
   
Q CLASS DESTROYERS   
Quiberon6/7/42Sold 15/2/72.
Towed for breaking up 10/4/72
 
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Converted to A/S Frigate between 1950-57
Quickmatch14/9/42Towed for breaking up 6/7/72.Converted to A/S F rigate between 1951-55
QuadrantTransferred from RN Oct 1945Broken Up 1963Converted to A/S Frigate between 1950-53
QualityTransferred from RN Oct 1945Reserve 25/1/1946
Broken Up 19 58
 
QueensboroughTransferred from RN Oct 1945Sold for breaking up 4/8/75Converted to A/S Frigate between 1950-54
   
Anzac22/3/51Paid off 4/10/1974
Towed for scrapping 30/12/1975
Co nverted to training ship Apr 1963.
 
Tobruk1950Paid off 29/10/1960
Towed for scrapping 10/4/1972
 
   
DARING CLASS DESTROYERS
Voyager12/2/57Lost in collision 10/2/64. 
Vampire23/6/59Paid off 8/1985Preserved as a museum in Sydney Australia
Vendetta26/11/58Paid off 9/10/79.
Towed for scrapping Jan 1987
 
DuchessFrom RN 8/5/64Paid off 24/10/77.
Sold Dec 1979
Transferred as a replacement for HMAS Voyager
Converted to training vessel in 1974.
  & nbsp; 
CHARLES F ADAMS CLASS DESTROYERS
< font face="Arial" size="2">Perth17/7/1965Paid off 15/10/1999
Sunk as Dive Wreck
 
Hobart18/12/1965Paid off 12/5/2000
Sunk as Dive wreck 2001
 
Brisbane16/12/1967Paid off 2002 

Frigates

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NameComm'dFateNotes:
RIVER CLASS FRIGATES
Barcoo17/1/44Paid off 19/12/63Survey ship after WWII
Burdekin27/6/44 Paid off 18/4/46.
Sold Sep 1961.
 
Diamantina27/4/45Paid off 9/8/46
Paid off 1981.
Museum ship in Brisbane
To reserve 9/8/46
Oceanographic ship from 1959.
Gascoyne18/11/43Paid off 2/2/66
Sold Sep 1971
To reserve Apr 1946.
Oceanographic ship from 1 959
Hawkesbury5/7/44Paid off 14/2/55.
Sold 15/2/72
To reserve late 1945.
Recom May 1952.
Lachlan14/2/45Paid off 1948.
Transferred to RNZN May 1949.
Sold to RNZN 1962
 
MacquarieDec 1945Broken up 1962 
Barwon10/12/45Broken up 1962 
    
MODIFIED RIVER CLASS FRIGATES
Condamine 1945Broken up 1962 
Culgoa 1945Broken up 1972 
Murchison 1945Broken up 1962 
Shoalhaven1945Broken up 1962 
    
OLIVER HAZARD PERRY CLASS FRIGATES
Adelaide15/11/1980 Active
Canberra21/3/1981 Active
Sydney29/1/1983 Active
Darwin21/7/1984 Active
Melbourne15/2/1992 Active
Newcastle11/12/1993 Active
   
ANZAC CLASS FRIGATES
Anzac18/5/1996  Active
Arunta12/12/1998 Active
Warramunga18/5/2001 Active
Stuart17/8/2002 Active
ParramattaDue Dec 2003  
BallaratDue Jan 2005  
Toowom baDue Jan 2006  
PerthDue Oct 2006   

Destroyer Escorts

 
NameComm'dFateNotes:
RIVER CLASS DESTROYER ESCORTS
Ya rra27/7/61Paid off 22/11/1985 
Parramatta14/7/61 Paid off 11/1/1991 
Stuart28/6/ 63Paid off 1991 
Derwent 30/4/64 Paid off 8/8/94.
Sunk as Dive Wreck. 21/12/94
 
Swan20/1/70Nov 1996
Sunk as Dive Wreck 1999
 
Torrens 19/1/71Sunk during SINKEX Jun 1999 by torpedo from HMAS Farncomb 
 

Sloops

 
NameComm'dFateNotes:
ESPIEGLE CLASS SLOOP
Fantome Transferred from RN 27/11/14Sold 30/1/25&nb sp;
    
COLONIAL SLOOP (YACHT)
UnaCaptured from Germans 11/10/14Sold 6/1/25
Pilot Vessel until 1953.
Formerly named Komet
    
GRIMSBY CLASS SLOOPS
Swan21/1/37 Sold 5/4/64. 
Yarra21/1/36Sunk in Indian Ocean 4/3/42 by Japanese warships 
    
IMPROVED GRIMSBY CLASS SLOOPS
Parramatta8/4/40Sunk in Mediterranean 27/11/41 by U-boat 
Warrego22/8/40Paid off 8/8/6 3.
Sold Apr 1965
 

Submarines

NameComm'dFateNotes:
AUSTRALIAN E CLASS SUBMARINES
AE1 28/2/14 Lost 14/9/14 off New Guinea by unknown reasons 
AE228/2/14Sunk 30/4/15 in Sea of Marmora by Turkish gunboat 
    
J CLASS SUBMARINES
J1Transferred from RN 25/3/19Sold Feb 1924 
J2Transferred from RN 25/3/19 Sold Feb 1924 
J3Transferred from RN 25/3/19Sold Jan 1926
Breakwater in Port Phillip Bay.
 
J4Transferred from RN 25/3/19Sold Feb 1924.  
J5Transferred from RN 25/3/19Sold Feb 1924. 
J7Transferred from RN 25/3/19Sold Nov 1929.
Breakwater in Port Ph illip Bay.
 
    
O CLASS SUBMARINES
Otway< /td>15/6/27Sold to RN 10/4/31.
Sunk off Norway 10/9/39.
 
Oxley 15/6/27Sold to RN 10/4/31.
Scrapped 24/8/45.
 
    
OBERON CLASS SUBMARINES
Oxley27/3/67Paid off 13/2/1992 
Otway23/4/68Paid off 1995 
Onslow22/12/69Paid off 29/3/1999
Given to National maritime Museum, Sydney for Museum Apr 1999
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Ovens18/4/69 Paid off 1/12/1995
Given to State of Western Australia for Museum Nov 1998
 
Orion15/6/77Paid off 4/10/1996 
Otama27/4/78Paid off 15/12/2000 
   &n bsp;
COLLINS CLASS SUBMARINES
Collins27/7/1996  Active
Farncomb31/1/1998 Active
Waller10/7/1999 Active
Dechaineux23/2/2001 Active
S heean23/2/2001 Active
Rankin29/3/03 Active

Mine Warfare Vessels

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NameComm'dFateNotes:
FLOWER CLASS MINESWEEPING SLOOPS
Geran ium Transferred from RN 1919 Paid off 11/11/27.
Sunk off Sydney 24/4/35
 
MallowTransferred from RN 1919Paid off 20/11/25.
Sunk off Sydney 1/8/35
 
Marguer iteTransferred from RN 1919Paid off 23/7/29.
Sunk off Sydney 1/8/35
 
    
BATHURST CLASS MINESWEEPERS
Ararat16/6/43 Sold Jan 1961. 
Armidale11/6/42 Sunk Timor Sea 1/12/42 by Japanese ai rcraft 
Ballarat30/8/41 Sold July 1947. 
Bathurst6/12/40 Sold Jun 1948. 
Benalla27/4/43Sold Feb 1958.
Bendigo10/5/41Sold May 1947. 
Bowen9/11/42Sold May 1956. 
Broome29/7/42Sold to Turkey 1946. 
Bunbury3/1/42 Sold Jan 1961. 
Bundaberg12/9/42 Sold Mar 1961. 
Burnie15/4/41 Sold to Netherlands July 1946. 
Cairns 11/5/42Sold to Netherlands Jan 1946. 
Castlemaine17/6/42Museum ship in Melbourne since Sep 1973. 
Cessnock26/1/42 Sold Apr 1947. 
Colac6/1/42Paid off Sep 1983.Tank cleaning vessel from 1962.
Cootamundra30/4/43 Sold Mar 1962  
Cowra8/10/43Sold Jan 1961. 
Deloraine2 3/11/41Sold Aug 1956 
Dubbo 31/7/42 Sold Feb 1958. 
Echuca7/9/42Sold to New Zeala nd May 1952. 
Fremantle24/3/43 Sold Jan 1961. 
Gawler14/8/42Sold to Turkey 1946. 
Geelong 16/1/42 Sunk by collisio n 18/10/44. 
Geraldton6/4/42 Sold to Turkey 1946. 
Gladstone< /td>22/3/43Sold Jun 1956 
Glenelg16/11/42Sold May 1957. 
Goulburn28/2/41Sold Oct 1947 
Gympie4/11/42Sold Jan 1961 
Horsham 18/11/42Sold Aug 1956 
Inverell17/9/42 Sold to New Zealand Apr 1952.
 
 
Ipswich13/6/42 Sold to Netherlands 1946. 
Junee11/4/44 Sold Jun 1958.
Kalgoorlie7/4/42Sold to Netherlands 1946. 
Kapunda 21/10/42Sold Jan 1961. 
Katoomba17/12/40Sold May 1957. 
Kiama26/1/44Sold to New Zealand May 1952. 
Latrobe6/11/42 Sold May 1956. 
Launceston9/4/42old to Turkey 1946. 
Lismore 24/1/41 Sold to Netherlands 1946. 
Lithgow 14/6/41 Sold Aug 1956.  
Maryborough12/6/41Sold May 1947. 
Mildura23/7/41Sold Sep 1956 
Parkes25/5/44 Sold May 1957 
Pirie10/10/42Sold to Turkey 1946. 
Rockhampton21/6/42Sold Jan 1961. 
Shepparton1/2/43Sold Feb 1958. 
St awell 7/8/43 Sold to New Zealand May 1952. 
Strahan 14/3/44Sold Jan 1961. 
Tamworth8/8/42 Sold to Netherlands 1946. 
Toowoomba9/10/41Sold to Netherlands 1946. 
Townsville19/12/41Sold Sep 1956. 
Wagga18/12/42Sold Mar 1962. 
Walla roo15/7/42 Sunk by collision 11/6/43.&nb sp;
Warrnambool23/9/41Sunk while mine-clearing 13/9/47. 
Whyalla 8/1/42 Sold Feb 1947. 
Wollongong23/10/41Sold to Netherlands 1946. 
    
AUXILIARY MINELAYER
BungareeRequisitioned Oct 1940Paid off 7/8/46.
Returned to owner 5/11/47.
Survey ship Jan 1944.
Storeship Aug 1944.
    
TON CLASS MINE WARFARE VESSELS
Curlew From RN 21/8/62Reserve 1990.
Sold for private restoration in Hobart, Tas.
 
Ex HMS Chediston.
Hawk From RN 18/7/62Sold 1976Ex HMS Somerleyton.
GullFrom RN 19/7/62Sold 1976
Broken up in 1987.
Ex HMS Swanston.
TealFrom RN 30/8/62 Sold 1979Ex HMS Jackton.
SnipeFrom RN 11/9/62 Paid off 3/6/83
So ld 1985
Ex HMS Alcaston.
IbisFrom RN 7/9/62Paid off 4/5/84
Sold 1985
ex HMS Singleton.
    
BAY CLASS MINEHUNTERS
Rushcutter1/11/86Paid off 14/8/2001 
Shoalwater10/10/87Paid off 14/8/2001&n bsp;
    
AUXILIARY MINESWEEPERS
Bandicoot1990 Active
Wallar oo1990 Active
Brolga 1988 Active
Koraaga1989Sold April 2000 
Bermagui1994Sold April 2000 
  ;   
HUON CLASS MINEHUNTERS
Huon15/5/1999 Active
Hawkesbury12/2/2000 Active
Norman26/8/2000 Active
Gascoyne2/6/2001 Active
Diamantina4/5/2002 Active
Yarra1/3/2003 Active

Patrol Boats

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NameComm'dFateNotes:
FREMANTLE CLASS PATROL BOATS
Fremantle 17/3/80  Active
Warnambool14/3/81 Active
Townsville18/7/81 Active
Wollongong28/11/81 Active
Launceston6/3/82  Active
Whyalla 3/7/82  Active
Ipswich 1 3/11/82 Active
Cessnock5/3/83 Active
Bendigo28/5/83  Active
Gawler27/8/83 Active
Geraldton10/12/83 Active
Dubbo10/3/84  Active
Geelong 2/6/84  Active
Gladstone8/9/84 Active
Bunbury 15/12/84 Active
    
ATTACK CLASS PATROL BOATS
Aitape13/11/67Given to Papua New Guinea 14/11/75. 
Attack17/11/67Transferred to Indonesia 1985. 
Advance24/1/68Preserved< /td> 
Samarai1/3/68Given to Papua New Guinea 14/11/75. 
Lae3/4/68Given to Papua New Guinea 14/11/75. 
Archer15/5/68 Given to I ndonesia 16/11/73. 
Acute26/4/68 < /font>Transferred to Indonesia 1983 
Awar e21/6/68Paid off 7/93.  
Arrow 3/7/68Wrecked b y Cyclone at Darwin 25/12/74 
Assail 12/7/68Transferred to Indonesia 1985 
Adroit17/8/68Sunk by Skyhawk aircraft in sinkex Aug 1994 
Barbette16/8/68Transferred to Indonesia 1985. 
Barricade20/10/68Transferred to Indonesia 1982. 
Ladava21/10/68Given to Papua New Guinea 14/11/ 75. 
Ardent26/10/68Sold Jan 2001 
Bombard5/11/68 Transferred to Indonesia 1983. 
Madang 28/11/68Given to Papua New Guinea 14/11/75. 
Bandolier14/12/ 68Given to Indonesia 16/11/73. 
Bu ccaneer11/1/69? 
Bayonet22/2/69 Sunk Sep 1999 due to poor condition 

Other Vessels

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NameComm'dFateNotes:
ALBATROSS CLASS SEAPLANE TENDER
Albatr oss23/1/29 Reserve 26/4/33 to 19/4/38.
Transferred to RN in 1938 to part payment for HMAS Hobart.
 
    
BALIKPAPAN CLASS HEAVY LANDING CRAFT
Balikpapan27/9/74 Active
Brunei5/1/73  Active
Labuan9/3/73 Active
Tarakan 15/6/73  Active
Wewak10/8/73 Act ive
Betano8/2/74  Active
Buna7/12/73Transferred to New Guinea 14/11/74. 
Salamaua19/10/73Transferred to New Guinea 14/11/74 
    
FLEET OILER
Kurumba From RN 13/3/19 To reserve 5/6/28.
Used by USN from Mar 1942.
Sold Nov 1947.
Broken up 1966.
&n bsp;
    
TIDE CLASS FLEET OILER
Supply 15/8/62Paid off 16/12/85 
    
UNDERWAY REPLENI SHMENT SHIPS
WestraliaTransferred from the RN 1989 Formerly RFA Appleleaf
Active
Success 23/4/1986 Active
    
ARMED MERCHANT CRUISERS
KanimblaFrom RN 1/6/43Paid off 25/3/49.
Returned to owner 13/12/50.
Converted to LSI 1943
Berrima Requisitioned Aug 1914Beached after being torpedoed in English Channel 18/2/17. 
Manoora Requisitioned 14/10/39Paid off 6/12/47.
Returned to owner 31/8/49.
LSI from 2/2/43.
WestraliaRequisitioned 2/11/39Paid off 19/9/49.
Returned to owner 27/3/51.
LSI from 31/5/43.
    
SUB MARINE DEPOT SHIP
Platypus2/3/17 Sold 20/2/58.Renamed Penquin 16/8/29. Renamed Platypus 26/2/41.
    
DEPOT SHIP
Penquin Transferred from RN 1/7/13 Sold 1/1/23.Used as crane ship in Sydney Harbour until burnt out in 1960.
&nb sp;   
FLEET COLLIER
Biloela 5/7/20 Decom 14/11/27.
Sold Mar 1931.
Sunk by U-boat 21/11/40.
 
    
BOOM DEFENCE VESSEL
Kookaburra 28/2/39Lai d up 1958.
Sold Aug 1965.
 
    
OCEANOGRAPHIC RESEARCH SHIP
Cook28/10/80Stricken 31/10/90 
    
SURVEY VESSELS
Moresby 20/6/25 Paid off 14/3/46
Sold 3/2/47.
Escort vessel during WWII.
Flinders27/4/73Pai d off 1999 
Moresby6/3/64Paid off 1997 
Leeuwin Oct 1998 Active
MelvilleMay 1999 Active
    
SURVEY MOTOR LAUNCHES
Paluma27/2/89 Active
Mermaid4/12/89 Active< /font>
Shepparton24/1/90 Active
Benalla20/3/9 0 Active
 & nbsp;  
BOOM DEFENCE VESSEL    
Kimbla26/3/56 Paid off 15/2/85.Converted to trials ship 1958-9
    
AMPHIBIOUS HEAVY LIFT SHIP
Tobruk23/4/81  Active
    
AMPHIBIOUS TRANSPORT SHIPS
ManooraBought from US 29/11/1994 Active
Ex USS Fairfax County
KanimblaBought from US 29/8/1994 Active
Ex
USS Saginaw
    
LANDING SHIP (TANK)
LabuanTransferred from RN 1/7/1946Sold 1955Formerly LST 3501
Tarakan Transf erred from RN 1/7/1946Sold Mar 1954Formerly LST 3017
LaeTransferred from RN 1/7/1946Sold 1955
Wrecked enroute to scrapping 3/11/1956
Formerly LST 3035
   ;  
FLEET TRAINING VESSEL
Jervis Bay25/8/77 Sold 1996Bought and renamed from Australian Trader.
    
DESTROYER TENDER
Stalwart9/2/66Paid off 9/3/1990 
   &n bsp;
MISC COLONIAL SHIPS ABSORBED 10/7/1911
Cerberus From Victoria. old April 1924.
Scuttled as breakwater 2/9/26
Still in existence.
Turret ship
Storeship from 1921.
Renamed Platypus (II) on 1/4/1921
GayundahFrom Queensland.Sold 1921.Gunboat
PalumaFrom Queensland.Laid up 1916.
Sold 1918. Renamed Rip.
Broken up 1950-51
Gunboat
Training vessel from 1914-1916.
Countess of Hopetounfrom Victoria.Sold April 1924Torpedo-boat
Childersfrom Victoria.Decom 27/4/16.
Sold 5/8/18
Torpedo-boat
from Victoria.Del iberately Beached July 1912.
Broken up 1929-30.
Torpedo-boat
Nepeanfrom Victoria.Deliberately Beached July 1912.
Broken up 1929-30.
Torpedo-boat
Mosquitofrom Queensland. Hulked March 1909Torpedo-boat
Used for training
TB No 191from South Australia.Paid off 1910Torpedo-boat
Training hulk.
Gordonfrom Victoria.Rammed and sunk 14/11/14.
Raised and scrapped.
Torped o-boat
Harbour duties.
Midgefrom Queensland.Sold 1913Torpedo-boat
Used for training.


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