|Namesake:||the goddess of magic Circe|
|Owner:||Ocean Steam Ship Co. (1912-1925)
Straits Steam Ship Co. (1925-1939)
|Operator:||Blue Funnel Line|
|Builder:||Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Company, Hong Kong|
|Fate:||Requisitoned by Royal Navy in 1939|
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Out of service:||1942|
|Fate:||Transferred to Royal Australian Navy in 1942|
|Namesake:||the mythological Medea|
|Out of service:||1946|
|Fate:||Returned to owners in 1946, later scuttled off Sydney on 20 January 1948|
|Tonnage:||778 gross tonnes|
|Length:||195 ft 8 in (59.64 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft 7 in (9.63 m)|
|Speed:||10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)|
HMAS Medea was an auxiliary minesweeper of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) between 1942 until 1946. Built in 1912 for the Ocean Steam Ship Co. she was sold to the Straits Steam Ship Co. in 1925. She was requisitioned by the Royal Navy in 1939 and converted into an auxiliary minesweeper and named HMS Circe. She was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy in 1942 and renamed HMAS Medea until she was returned to her owners in 1946. She was sold and was scuttled off Sydney on 20 January 1948.
Construction and design
She plied the Singapore straits as part of the Blue Funnel Line until she was requisitioned in 1939 by the Royal Navy and conversion into an auxiliary minesweeper and commissioned as HMS Circe. She was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy in 1942 and renamed HMAS Medea upon commissioning on 6 July 1942.
- "Mutual Sales". The Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 15 August 1947 p.18. Retrieved 31 March 2011.