K17 HMS submarine

Name: HMS K17
Builder: Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid Down: 01-06-1916
Launched: 10-04-1917
Completed: 20-09-1917
Fate: Sunk, 31 January 1918
General characteristics
Class & type: K-class submarine
Displacement: 1,980 long tons (2,010 t) surfaced
2,566 long tons (2,607 t) submerged
Length: 339 ft (103 m)
Beam: 26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)
Draught: 20 ft 11 in (6.38 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 10,500 shp (7.8 MW) Brown-Curtis or Parsons geared steam turbines
2 × Yarrow boilers
4 × 1,440 hp (1,070 kW) electric motors
1 × 800 hp (600 kW) Vickers diesel generator for charging batteries on the surface
2 × 3-blade 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) diameter screws
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph) surfaced, 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) submerged
Range: Surfaced : 800 nmi (1,500 km; 920 mi) at 24 kn (44 km/h; 28 mph), 12,500 nmi (23,200 km; 14,400 mi) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph), Submerged : 8 nmi (15 km; 9.2 mi) at 8 kn (15 km/h; 9.2 mph), 40 nmi (46 mi; 74 km) at 4 kn (4.6 mph; 7.4 km/h)
Complement: 59 (6 officers and 53 ratings)
Armament: • 8 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes, (4 beam, 4 bow)
• 8 × spare torpedoes
• 2 × 18 in torpedo tubes fitted on deck (later removed)
• 2 × BL 4 in (100 mm) Mk.XI guns
• 1 × 3 in (76 mm) gun

HMS K17 was sunk on 31 January 1918 during the night time fleet exercises later known as the Battle of May Island (Operation E.C.1) when she was attached to the 13th Submarine Flotilla. HMS K17 was astern of HMS COURAGEOUS when the latter changed course to avoid two trawlers, which were spotted ahead. HMS K17 turned but HMS K22 and HMS K14 were involved in a collision. Meanwhile HMS FEARLESS was steaming at 21 knots towards the area oblivious of the accident. Suddenly the FEARLESS appeared over the horizon and ploughed into HMS K17, water gushed into the boat through the pierced pressure hull. The order to abandon ship was quickly given. Within 8 minutes HMS K17 had disappeared. The survivors were now in the water and the other submarines attempted to pick them up. Sadly the destroyers were unaware of the location of the accident and ploughed through the survivors. Only 9 were picked up out of a crew of 56, and one of these died later. A total of 270 were lost either that night or from their injuries later. Some internet sites are quoting that there were no survivors from the ramming.
The wreck is designated as a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.

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Sources: Wikipedia. http://www.rnsubs.co.uk/Boats/BoatDB2/i ... BoatID=184.
YouTube dive on HMS K17 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNd-xyQLpPA
http://www.marinequest.co.uk/british-su ... 16th-june/
https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_p ... may-island

Peter Crichton

E5 HMS submarine

Builder: Vickers, Barrow in Furness
Cost: £106,700
Laid down: 9 June 1911
Commissioned: 28 June 1913
Fate: Sunk by mine, 7 March 1916 ?
Class & type: E-class submarine
Displacement: 665 long tons (676 t) (surfaced)
796 long tons (809 t) (submerged)
Length: 178 ft (54 m)
Beam: 15 ft 5 in (4.70 m)
Installed power: 3,500 hp (2,600 kW) (diesel engines)
1,200 hp (890 kW) (electric motors)
Propulsion: 2 × diesel engines
2 × electric motors
2 × screws
Speed: 15 kn (17 mph; 28 km/h) (surfaced)
9.5 kn (10.9 mph; 17.6 km/h) (submerged)
Range: 3,000 nmi (3,500 mi; 5,600 km) at 10 kn (12 mph; 19 km/h)
65 nmi (75 mi; 120 km) at 5 kn (5.8 mph; 9.3 km/h)
Complement: 30
Armament: 4 × 18 in (457 mm) torpedo tubes (1 bow, 2 beam, 1 stern)

HMS E5 had a very short career before and after her commissioning. She had an engine room explosion on 8 June 1913, 20 days before commissioning. 3 were killed and 9 badly burned.
The 3 were killed when there was an oil blow back into the starboard engine off St Ann's Head. Those killed where Engineer Cmdr Walter Lancelot Moore, who lost 2 legs and 1 arm and suffering 3rd degree burns, died in hospital at Pembroke Dock, returned for burial in Hampshire, believed to be in Winchester. The 1st to die at the time and scene of the explosion was CERA James Alexander Greenall son of Henry & Alice Greenall of Preston Lancs. The 3rd and last to die was Leading Stoker Lewis Alfred Clarke of Esher in Surrey, who also died in Pembroke Dock Naval Hospital. The latter 2 are buried at Llanion Cemetery, Pembroke Dock in plots R244 (Greenall) and R246 (Clarke). 10 persons were seriously injured, although all civilian staff from Barrow where safe and unharmed other ships involved where HMS ADAMANT (Submarine Escort ship) and HMS ALLIGATOR which carried the medical team out to meet HMS E5 on her way into Pembroke Dock.
HMS E 5’s crew were awarded Prize Bounty Money for the destruction of a German Armed Auxiliary, 25 Sep 1915.
HMS E 5 sailed from Harwich on 4 March 1916 to carry out a patrol between Ameland and the Ems; three other submarines were also on patrol at the same time – HMS E-29 between the Ems and Nordeney; HMS H-5 between Horns Reef and List; HMS E-23 to the west of 8 degrees. All were due to return to Harwich on 10 March, but HMS E-5 failed to return.
She was last seen on the afternoon of 6 March about 7 miles to the north of Juist Island by E29.
There are various theories as to how HMS E 5 met her fate.
At 08.10 on 7 March the SEYDLITZ and escorting torpedo boats saw a submarine and dropped depth charges, but there was no obvious result. Later that day the REGENSBURG sighted a submarine further to the east of this area.
This was possibly HMS E-5.
Besides the story of her loss whilst rescuing survivors off the RESONO, her loss is also put down to depth charge by the SEYDLITZ and her accompanying torpedo boats. She may also have strayed into a German minefield having been sighted by the REGENSBURG.
One other theory is that HMS E-5 was lost while rescuing survivors from HMT RESONO (Wikipedia and one or two other sites). However, RESONO was mined on 26 December 1915 near the Sunk light vessel (Lloyd’s War Losses of WW1) and HMS E 5 was not lost until 6/7 March 1916. I can find no trace of a RESONO being lost in 1916.

The book British Warships Losses by David Hepper gives on her loss: 7 March? The last sighting was near a defensive minefield on the Western Ems and it is presumed that she was lost on a mine soon after.

On the RESONO he gives: an Admiralty trawler employed as a patrol vessel sank 26 December 1915 after striking a submarine-laid mine, part of a field laid by UC-5 ten days earlier off the Sunk Sand lightship in the Thames estuary.

Sources: Wikipedia. http://uboat.net/forums/read.php?23,768 ... #msg-76842
https://www.submarine-museum.co.uk/what ... s?start=5; http://www.harwichanddovercourt.co.uk/submarines-ww1/ ; http://www.naval-history.net/WW1NavyBri ... eMoney.htm ;
Stamp image from internet.

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Peter Crichton

R3 HMS submarine

Builder: Chatham Dockyard, Kent
Laid down: 4 February 1917
Launched: 8 June 1918 as HMS R3.
Commissioned: 17 March 1919
Decommissioned: September 1919
Fate: Sold, 21 February 1923
Class & type: R class submarine
Displacement: 420 long tons (427 t) surfaced
500 long tons (508 t) submerged
Length: 163 ft (50 m)
Beam: 16 ft (4.9 m)
Draught: 11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)
Propulsion: 8-cylinder diesel engine, 480 hp (360 kW)
2 × electric motors, 1,200 hp (890 kW) total
Single electric motor for low speed running
One shaft
Speed: 9.5 knots (17.6 km/h) surfaced
14 knots (26 km/h) submerged
Endurance: Submerged: 1 hour at 14 knots (26 km/h)
Complement: 2 officers and 20 ratings
Sensors and processing systems: Bow hydrophone array
Armament: 6 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes (forward)
12 × Mark VIII 18 inch torpedoes (inc. reloads)

HMS R3 was an R Class, early 'Hunter-Killer' submarine built for the Royal Navy right at the end of the First World War.
HMS R3 was laid down on No 7 slip on 4th February 1917 and was launched by Mrs Silver into the Medway on 8th June 1918. She commissioned at Chatham on 17th March 1919.
On completion, she was 163 feet long and 16 feet wide across the beam. She was armed with 6 18" torpedo tubes, all in the bow. She displaced 420 tons on the surface and 500 tons dived. She was manned by a crew of 22.
On commissioning, she was sent to join 14th Submarine Flotilla at Blyth, attached to the depot ship HMS Vulcan.
She came too late to see any combat in World War I, like most of the other R class submarines. R3 was paid off in September 1919, then sold on 21 February 1923.

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Sources:Wikipedia. http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index ... ic=13955.0
Stamp image from internet.

Peter Crichton


N P GLORY 4 given as a deck ship, with a bow ramp.
IMO: 9400239
Flag: Thailand
MMSI: 567321000
Callsign: HSB3489
NRT - 506MT
GRT - 1,687MT
DWT – 2372 MT
Length x Breadth: 78.1m × 16m x 4.8m, length bpp. 72.2m, draught 3.5m.
Powered by two 8-cyl. Caterpillar diesels, 1,429 kW, 2,028 hp., twin shafts, speed 10 knots.
Home port: Bangkok
Class society: Bureau Veritas
Build year: 2006
Completed 25 July 2006.
Builder Piasau Slipways, Miri, Malaysia, yard no 231
Owner: Np Marine - Bangkok, Thailand
Manager: Np Marine - Bangkok, Thailand

Underwent refit in Keppel Shipyard, Singapore to have a bow thruster fitted and a 40 ton crane especially for South Africa charterer Basel Read to land heavy plant and equipment at St. Helena Island for the excavation of a haul road up the mountain side and construction of an airstrip.
This ship made history on 11 July 2014 as the first ship to ever dock at the Island and in this case Rupert's Bay. There is a deep water anchorage in Jamesbay.
2014 Same name and owners.
According to Marine Traffic the N P GLORY 4 is presently berthed at St Helena. (http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/det ... _P_GLORY_4 )

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Photo by Bruce Salt © via Shipspotting.com. Stamp image from internet.
Sources: Shipspotting.com. Various web sites. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Helena_Airport.

Peter Crichton

AE 2 HMAS submarine

Builder: Vickers Armstrong – Barrow in Furness
Laid down: 10 February 1912
Launched: 18 June 1913
Commissioned: 28 February 1914
Battle honours: Rabaul 1914; Dardanelles 1915
Fate: Scuttled, 30 April 1915
General characteristics
Class & type: E-class submarine
Displacement: 750 long tons (760 t) surfaced
Length: 181 ft (55 m)
Beam: 22 ft 6 in (6.86 m)
Draught: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)
Installed power: 2 × 8-cylinder diesels, 1,600 hp (1,200 kW) surfaced,
battery-driven electric motors, 840 hp (630 kW) submerged
Propulsion: 2 × propeller shafts
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) surfaced
10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) submerged
Range: 3,000 nmi (5,600 km; 3,500 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
65 nmi (120 km; 75 mi) at 5 knots (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph) submerged
Test depth: 200 feet (61.0 m)
Complement: 34
Armament: 4 × 18-inch torpedo tube

The E-class was an enlarged version of the preceding D-class submarine to accommodate an additional pair of broadside torpedo tubes. AE2 was 181 feet (55.2 m) long overall, had a beam of 22 feet 6 inches (6.9 m) and a draught of 12 feet 6 inches (3.8 m). She displaced 750 long tons (760 t) on the surface and 810 long tons (820 t) submerged. The E-class boats had a designed diving depth of 100 feet (30.5 m), but the addition of watertight bulkheads, strengthened the hull and increased the actual diving depth to 200 feet (61.0 m). The crew consisted of 34 officers and enlisted men.
The boat had two propellers, each of which was driven by an eight-cylinder 800-brake-horsepower (600 kW) diesel engine as well as a 420-brake-horsepower (313 kW) electric motor. This arrangement gave the E-class submarines a maximum speed of 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) while surfaced and 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) submerged. They carried approximately 40 long tons (41 t) of fuel that gave them a range of 3,000 nautical miles (5,600 km; 3,500 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) while on the surface and 65 nmi (120 km; 75 mi) at 5 knots (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph) while submerged.
AE2 had four 18-inch torpedo tubes, one each in the bow and stern, plus two on the broadside, one firing to port and the other to starboard. The boat carried one spare torpedo for each tube. No guns were fitted.
AE2 was laid down on 10 February 1912 by Vickers Armstrong at Barrow-in-Furness, England, and launched on 18 June 1913. She was commissioned into the RAN at Portsmouth, England, on 28 February 1914 under the command of Lieutenant Henry H.G.D. Stoker, RN. Accompanied by her sister boat, AE1, the other of the RAN's first two submarines, AE2 reached Sydney from England on 24 May 1914, manned by Royal Navy (RN) officers with a mixed crew of sailors drawn from the RN and RAN. The 13,000-nautical-mile (24,000 km; 15,000 mi) was, at the time, "the longest submarine transit in history", and 60 of the 83 days of the voyage were spent at sea. On 6 March 1914 both AE1 and AE2 arrived at Gibraltar accompanied by HMS ECLIPSE. The submarines departed on 9 March together with HMS Eclipse which escorted them as far as Colombo. (HMS ECLIPSE logs - http://www.naval-history.net/OWShips-WW ... clipse.htm )
On the outbreak of World War I in September 1914, the two submarines were assigned to the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force as it captured German New Guinea. During the capture of New Guinea, AE1 disappeared without a trace. After the German surrender, AE2 spent three weeks patrolling around Fiji with the battlecruiser Australia, then returned to Sydney on 16 November for maintenance and repairs.
As AE2 was the only submarine in the region and the German threat to Australia had disappeared, Stoker suggested that the boat be transferred to Europe. Both the RAN and the British Admiralty agreed, and on 31 December, she left Albany with AIF Convoy 2 (under the tow of SS Berrima). The submarine was the only warship assigned to the sixteen-ship convoy, as after the Battle of Cocos resulted in the destruction of the last active German ship in the Indian or Pacific Oceans, the Admiralty felt no need to protect shipping in the Indian Ocean. AE2 arrived in Port Said, Egypt, on 28 January 1915, and was ordered to join the British 2nd Submarine Flotilla, and proceeded to take part in patrols in support of the Dardanelles Campaign.
On 10 March, the submarine ran aground off Mudros when returning from a patrol, as the harbour lights used to aid navigation had been switched off in AE2's absence, which Stoker was not prepared for. The submarine was towed to Malta for repairs. AE2 returned to operations in April.
The aim of the Dardanelles Campaign was to knock Germany's ally, the Ottoman Empire, out of the war and open up supply lines to the Russian Empire via the Black Sea. Attempts to open the Dardanelles through naval power were unsuccessful, three Allied battleships were sunk, and another three crippled, during a surface attack; although the British submarine HMS B11 was able to enter the strait and sink the modernised ironclad Mesudiye, two failed attempts to traverse the waterway and enter the Sea of Marmara resulted in the loss of HMS E15 and the French submarine Saphir to mines and strong currents. Plans were made to capture the Turkish defences by a land attack, with landings at Cape Helles and Anzac Cove. Despite the failures of E15 and Saphir, Stoker planned his own attempt, which was approved by the Allied fleet's commander, Vice Admiral John de Robeck.
AE2's first attempt was made early on 24 April, but the boat only made it 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) into the strait before the forward hydroplane coupling failed, making the submarine impossible to control underwater and forced Stoker to retreat. At 02:30 on the following day, Stoker made a second attempt. The submarine was spotted by shore artillery and fired on from about 04:30; Stoker ordered the boat to dive to avoid the shells and to traverse the first minefield. AE2 spent the next hour picking her way through the mines' mooring cables: defensive wires that had been welded to the submarine in Malta prevented the mooring cables from catching. By 06:00, AE2 reached Chanak, and proceeded to torpedo the Ottoman gunboat Peyk I Sevket while simultaneously taking evasive actions to avoid an enemy destroyer. The submarine ran aground beneath a Turkish fort, but the fort's guns could not be lowered enough to fire, and AE2 was able to free herself within four minutes. Shortly after, the submarine's periscope was sighted by a Turkish battleship firing over the peninsula at the Allied landing sites; this prompted the ship to stop firing and withdraw. AE2 advanced toward the Sea of Marmara, and at 08:30, Stoker decided to rest the boat on the ocean bottom and wait until nightfall before continuing.
At around 21:00, AE2 surfaced to recharge her batteries, and Stoker radioed his success back to the fleet; the first Allied vessel to transit the Dardanelles. Stoker had orders to "generally run amok", and with no enemies in sight, he ordered the boat to enter the Sea of Marmara. Although the landing at Cape Helles was going well at the time Stoker reported in, the landing at Anzac Cove was not as successful, and the commander of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, Lieutenant-General Sir William Birdwood was pushing for re-embarkation of his troops. Some sources identify AE2 as one of the factors leading to Birdwood's decision to commit to the attack, although the Australian War Memorial claims there "is no real evidence" to support this.
The submarine made appearances across the Sea of Marmara over the following five days to give the impression of multiple boats, and several attacks against Turkish ships were made, although all failed because of increasing mechanical problems. News of the submarine's...


Built as torpedo-boat destroyer under yard No 469 by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan for the Royal Australian Navy.
17 March 1909 laid down.
09 February 1910 launched as the HMAS PARRAMATTA (55), named after the Parramatta River. She was one of the River Class torpedo-boat destroyer.
Displacement 750 ton standard, dim. 75 x 7.41 x 2.59m. (draught)
Powered by Parsons steam turbines, 10,000 shp, three shafts, speed 26 knots.
Range by a speed of 11.5 knots, 2,690 mile. Fuel oil.
Armament: 1 – BL 4 inch MK VII gun, 3 – 12 pdr. QF guns and 3 – 18 inch torpedo tubes.
Crew 66 – 73.
10 September 1910 commissioned.

HMAS PARRAMATTA, named for the Parramatta River, was a River-class torpedo-boat destroyer of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Ordered in 1909 for the Commonwealth Naval Forces (the predecessor of the RAN), PARRAMATTA was the first ship launched for the Australian navy. Temporarily commissioned into the Royal Navy for the delivery voyage to Australia, the destroyer came under Australian naval control in 1910, and on 1 March 1911 was recommissioned into the RAN, shortly before its founding.
From 1914 to 1917, PARRAMATTA was involved in wartime patrols in the Pacific and South East Asian regions, before she and her sister ships were transferred to the Mediterranean for anti-submarine operations. She returned to Australia in 1919, and was placed in reserve. Apart from a brief period of full commission during the visit of the Prince of Wales, PARRAMATTA remained in reserve commission until 1928. She was fully decommissioned in 1928, stripped of parts, and sold for use as prisoner accommodation on the Hawkesbury River. After changing hands several times, the hull ran aground during gale conditions in 1933, and was left to rust. In 1973, the bow and stern sections were salvaged, and converted into memorials.
Design and construction
PARRAMATTA had a displacement of 750 tons, a length overall of 246 feet (75 m), and a beam of 24 feet 3.75 inches (7.4105 m). The destroyer was powered by three Yarrow oil-burning boilers connected to Parsons turbines, which delivered 10,000 shaft horsepower to three propeller shafts. PARRAMATA’s cruising speed was 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph), giving the ship a range of 2,690 nautical miles (4,980 km; 3,100 mi). Her maximum speed as designed was 26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph), but during sea trials, she was able to achieve 27.3 knots (50.6 km/h; 31.4 mph). The ship's company consisted of between 66 and 73 personnel, including five officers.
PARRAMATTA, along with sister ships YARRA and WARREGO, were ordered on 6 February 1909; the first ships to be ordered for the Commonwealth Naval Forces, the post-Federation amalgamation of the Australian colonial navies. The ship was laid down by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Limited, at their shipyard in Govan, Scotland on 17 March 1909. She was launched on 9 February 1910 by Margot Asquith, wife of British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith; the first new ship launched for the Australian navy. Construction was completed in August 1910, and the ship was commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS PARRAMATTA for the voyage out to Australia. PARRAMATTA and sister ship sailed from Portsmouth on 19 September. Once the ships arrived in Broome, they were transferred to the control of the Commonwealth Naval Forces.
Early career
After entering Australian control, the two ships sailed to Melbourne for a gala welcome. During the celebrations, the ship's engineering officer fell overboard and drowned. On 1 March 1911, PARRAMATTA was recommissioned as His Majesty's Australian Ship, although the HMAS prefix was not officially approved until 10 July, when King George V granted permission for the Commonwealth Naval Forces to be renamed the Royal Australian Navy.
On 4 October 1913, PARRAMATTA took part in a formal fleet entry into Sydney Harbour welcoming the battlecruiser HMAS AUSTRALIA.
World War I
During the early stages of World War I, PARRAMATTA operated with the Australian fleet in the search for the German East Asia Squadron, then was involved in the capture of German colonies in the South Pacific region, including German New Guinea, and the consolidation of Allied occupation in these regions. On 5 February 1915, PARRAMATTA and sister ships YARRA and HMAS WARREGO sailed for Australia, where they were used for convoy escort duties along the continent's eastern coast until November. The ships were refitted at Sydney, then sent to patrol the region around Malaya, the East Indies, and the Philippines. PARRAMATTA returned to Australia on 17 July 1916, and patrolled home waters until 17 May 1917, when she and her sister ships were ordered to Malta.
On arrival, the six River-class ships were to undergo anti-submarine training, but were instead immediately deployed on convoy escort operations from Port Said to Malta. On 16 August, lookouts aboard PARRAMATTA spotted the wake from a periscope. The destroyer sped to the area of the sighting, and dropped a depth charge on a submarine travelling just below the surface. After completing the convoy run, the Australian warships completed the training, and were assigned to patrols of the Adriatic. For this, PARRAMATTA was fitted with an observation balloon. On 16 November 1917, PARRAMATTA and several sister ships came to assist the Italian transport ORIONE, who’s stern had been destroyed by a torpedo. PARRAMATTA towed the stricken ship towards the mainland, while WARREGO and SWAN recovered survivors and YARRA chased the attacking submarine. Apart from this, the patrols were uneventful, and on 28 September 1918, PARRAMATTA underwent refit in Greece before joining Allied forces at Constantinople. During October 1918, following the surrender of Turkish forces, PARRAMATTA accepted the surrender of a German admiral assigned to the area. The destroyer was then used for mail runs between Constantinople and Sebastopol until December, when she sailed to Devonport, arriving on 14 January 1919.
During her career, PARRAMATTA received no honours or awards for her activities during World War I. Following an overhaul of the RAN battle honours system, completed in March 2010, the ship's wartime service was retroactively recognised with the honours "Rabaul 1914" and "Adriatic 1917–18".
On 6 March 1919, PARRAMATTA sailed for home, in company with several other Australian ships. PARRAMATTA and YARRA ran out of fuel on 26 April, less than a day out from Darwin, and had to be towed into port by WARREGO. The destroyer paid off into reserve at Sydney on 22 July 1919. She was recommissioned for the period 17 May to 13 June 1920 for the visit of the Prince of Wales in HMS RENOW , then was returned to reserve. From October 1924 until November 1925, PARRAMATTA was based at Westernport, Victoria for use as a training ship, then spent time in Sydney, then Adelaide, before returning to Sydney in April 1928.
Decommissioning and fate
PARRAMATTA was paid off from service on 20 April 1928 and handed over to the Cockatoo Island Dockyard for dismantling on 17 October.
.PARRAMATTA and SWAN were stripped down, and their hulks were sold to NSW Penal Department and towed to Cowan Creek, where they were used to house prisoner labourers working on roads along the Hawkesbury River. The two hulks were then sold in 1933 for 12 pounds each to George Rhodes of Cowan, New South Wales, who intended to use them as accommodation for fishers. This was opposed, and the ships were sold on to a pair of fishermen, who used them to transport blue metal to Milson and Peat Islands.
On 2 February 1934, PARRAMATTA and SWAN were being towed down the Hawkesbury River for final breaking in Sydney, when gale conditions caused both hulls to break their tows; SWAN foundered and sank, while PARRAMATTA ran aground in mangroves...

Unknown ferry in Sydney Harbour

Most probably the ferry depict will be never identified only part of a deck is visible. By the photo after which the stamp was designed is given:
Embarkation of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) for New Guinea. At the request of the British Government a special force, the Australian Navy and Military Expeditionary Force, was raised between 10 August 1914 and 18 August 1914, and despatched against the neighbouring German colonies. It was a volunteer force, enlisted partly from the naval reserves in the various states and partly from the militia. A portion of the military contingent is shown, being ferried down Sydney Harbour in course of embarkation. These were the first infantry to leave Australia.
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Built as cargo and livestock carrier by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the White Star Lines.
01 January 1889 launched under the name RUNIC.
Tonnage 4.639 gross, 3.122 net, dim. 131.27 x 13.77 x 9.14m.
Powered by one 3-cyl triple expansion steamengine, manufactured by the ships builder, 424 nhp., speed 13 knots.
1889 Completed.

21 February 1889 sailed for her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York. She and her sister the CUFIC were the first livestock carriers of the White Star Lines.
Carried general cargo outward and returned home with around 1000 life cattle.

1895 Sold to the West India & Pacific SS Co., renamed TAMPICAN.
31 December 1899 transferred to F. Leyland & Co., not renamed.
The same year reboilered, still in the service from Liverpool to New York.
1912 Sold to H.E.Moss & Co., Liverpool, not renamed.
Immediately sold to South Pacific Whaling Co., Christiania (now Oslo), renamed in IMO.
Converted in a whale oil tanker for Antarctic whaling service.

During the First World War was she chartered by the Belgian Relief Commission.
06 December 1917 when she was in ballast steaming across Halifax Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada outward bound with destination New York came she in collision with the French ship MONT BLANC around 08.45 a.m., which was loaded with ammunition and inward bound.
The IMO struck the MONT BLANC abreast of the forward hold, causing some barrels of the 35-ton benzol, carried as deck cargo, to ignite the picric acid in the hold below.
The crew of the MONT BLANC fully aware of the dangers of the cargo on board abandoned the vessel, leaving the blazing MONT BLANC drifting in the stream. The fire attracted many spectators to the waterfront, and she drifted into Halifax’s Pier 6.
Some vessels tried to put a towline on board the burning vessel, and to tow her away from the pier, but at
09.00 the MONT BLANC erupted causing the greatest man made explosion before the Atomic bomb. The blast was felt 120 miles away.
Most part of the densely populated suburb of Richmond was flattened, and within a 16-mile radius 1.630 buildings were destroyed. Only two vessels were lost the MONT BLANC and a wooden schooner the LOLAR, all other damaged vessels in port were later repaired.
Officially 1.963 people were killed, with 9.000 injured and 199 blinded by flying glass, although the casualties aboard the ships in the harbour bring the death toll closer to 3.000.
The captain and the pilot and 5 of de crew of 41 on board the IMO were killed during the explosion, she was hurled across the stream, with most of her upper structure ripped away, and grounded.
After four months the IMO was refloated and towed to New York for repair.
1918 She was rebuilt in a whale factory ship, renamed in GUVERNOREN.

30 November 1921 during heavy fog she ran aground on the rocks at Cow Bay, two miles off Cape Carysfort on East Flakland, all crew were saved.
Salvage attempts were made but the GUVERNOREN was not refloated, and salvage work was halted on 03 December 1921, and she was abandoned to the sea.
Today the wreckage is still there from the waterline up, and lying on her starboard side.

The other ship on fire as seen on the stamp must be the MONT BLANC. The design is wrong, the fire started in the forward hold, and not as seen on the stamp on the afterpart of the vessel.

Built as a cargo vessel under yard No 460 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co., Ltd. Middelsbrough, U.K. for the Soc. Générale de Transport Maritimes á Vapeur, Marseille.
Launched under the name MONT BLANC.
Tonnage 3.279 gross, 2.251 net, dim. 320 x 44.8 x 15.3ft.
Powered by a triple expansion steam engine 247 nhp. Speed 9.5 knots, one propeller.
June 1899 delivered to owners.

1906 Sold to E. Anquetil, Rouen, France.
1915 Sold to G Petit, Rouen.
1916 Sold to Cie Générale Transatlantique, St Nazaire.

06 December 1917 on a voyage from New York to Halifax under command of Captain Aime Le Medec loaded with a cargo of around 5.000 ton high explosives, she came in collision with the outward bound Norwegian IMO, both ships were under pilot control, and there was plenty of room and it visibility was good.
When both ships approached each other there was a lot of confusion, and a collision happened.
After some barrels of benzol loaded on deck of the MONT BLANC ignited, the crew on board aware of the dangers of the cargo abandoned the vessel and rowed hard for the shore, and just after she landed about 20 minutes later the MONT BLANC did exploded at 09.05 a.m. and she was disintegrated into a mass of wreckage.

Only one men of the crew of the MONT BLANC was lost.

Falkland Islands 2005 £1.20 sg?, scott?

Source: North Atlantic Seaway by Bonsor. Dictionary of Disasters at sea during the age of steam by Hocking. Some web-sites. http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mma/AtoZ/imo.html http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mma/Ato/montblanc.html (A google search gives plenty of sites on this explosion.)
Register of Merchant ships completed in 1899.
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