HMAS Mercedes

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Medusa.
HMAS Mercedes during her service with the Royal Australian Navy
HMAS Mercedes during her service with the Royal Australian Navy
Career (Singapore)
Name: Medusa
Namesake: the mythical Medusa
Owner: Ocean Steam Ship Co. (1913-1925)
Straits Steam Ship Co. (1925-1939)
Operator: Blue Funnel Line
Builder: Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Company, Hong Kong
Launched: 1913
Fate: Requisitoned by Royal Navy in 1939
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: Medusa
In service: 1939
Out of service: 1942
Fate: Transferred to Royal Australian Navy in 1942
Career (Australia)
Name: Merecedes
In service: 1942
Out of service: 1946
Fate: Returned to owners in 1946, later scuttled off Sydney on 23 January 1948
General characteristics
Tonnage: 793 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 Mercedes was an auxiliary minesweeper of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) between 1942 until 1946. Built in 1913 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 Medusa. She was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy in 1942 and renamed HMAS Mercedes until she was returned to her owners in 1946. She was sold and was scuttled off Sydney on 23 January 1948.

Construction and design[edit]

Built in 1913 by Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Co., Hong Kong as a passenger cargo vessel for the Ocean Steam Ship Co. based at Singapore.

Operational service[edit]

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 Medusa. She was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy in 1942 and renamed HMAS Mercedes upon commissioning on 6 July 1942.

Fate[edit]

She was returned to her owners in 1946 and was sold for breaking up at Drummoyne, Sydney.[1] Her hull was scuttled off Sydney on 23 January 1948.33°59′54″S 151°36′03″E / 33.998367°S 151.600950°E / -33.998367; 151.600950Coordinates: 33°59′54″S 151°36′03″E / 33.998367°S 151.600950°E / -33.998367; 151.600950

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Mutual Sales". The Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 15 August 1947 p.18. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 

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