HMAS Shepparton (J248)

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HMAS Shepparton
Career (Australia)
Namesake: City of Shepparton, Victoria
Builder: HMA Naval Dockyard at Williamstown, Victoria
Laid down: 14 November 1941
Launched: 15 August 1942
Commissioned: 1 February 1943
Decommissioned: 10 May 1946
Motto: "By Wisdom And Courage"
Honours and
Battle honours:
Pacific 1943
New Guinea 1943–44
Fate: Scrapped in 1958
General characteristics
Class & type: Bathurst class corvette
Displacement: 650 tons (standard), 1,025 tons (full war load)
Length: 186 ft (57 m)
Beam: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Draught: 8.5 ft (2.6 m)
Propulsion: triple expansion engine, 2 shafts, 1,800 horsepower
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) at 1,750 hp
Complement: 81
Armament: 1 × 4-inch gun
4 × 20 mm Oerlikons (1 later removed)
1 × 40 mm Bofors (installed later)
Machine guns
Depth charges chutes and throwers

HMAS Shepparton (J248/M248), named for the city of Shepparton, Victoria, was one of 60 Bathurst class corvettes constructed during World War II, and one of 36 initially manned and commissioned solely by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).[1] Commissioned in early 1943, Shepparton was primarily employed as a survey vessel, tasked with updating Age of Sail-era charts and data for regions of New Guinea. The corvette was placed in reserve in 1946, and sold for scrap in 1958.


Shepparton was laid down on 14 November 1941 by HMA Naval Dockyard at Williamstown, Victoria, launched on 15 August 1942 by Lady Goudle, wife of the Victorian Commissioner of Public Works, and commissioned into the RAN on 1 February 1943.[1]

Operational history[edit]

Shepparton entered operational service in April 1943, and was primarily employed as an armed survey ship.[1] Shepparton served in New Guinea and New Britain between April 1943 and October 1944, and in the waters of northern Australian until 1 February 1945, at which point she went to Brisbane for refitting.[1] The refit concluded on 2 April 1945, with Shepparton assigned to various areas in northern Australia and the islands of New Guinea, before returning to Brisbane on 21 October 1945.[1]

The corvette received two battle honours for her wartime service: "Pacific 1943" and "New Guinea 1943–44".[2][3] During the war, Shepparton sailed just over 50,000 nautical miles (93,000 km; 58,000 mi) during 5,072 hours spend underway.[4] The last surveys of many regions of New Guinea and the Solomon Islands had been performed during the Age of Sail, and were woefully inaccurate by modern standards.[4] The accomplishments of Shepparton and other survey ships during the Pacific campaigns generated a wealth of survey and hydrographic data, with one author claiming shortly after the war's end that these areas "are better mapped than the greater part of the Australian mainland, or for that matter, better than many parts of the world which were outside the operative zones of the war."[4]


Shepparton paid off to reserve on 10 May 1946.[1] She was towed to Sydney by sister ship HMAS Deloraine in early November 1947, where she remained until her sale for scrap on 20 February 1958.[1] Shepparton was sold to the Mitsubishi Shoji Kaisha company, and was towed to Japan by the Shitako Maru.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "HMAS Shepparton (I)". Sea Power Centre Australia. Retrieved 15 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "Navy Marks 109th Birthday With Historic Changes To Battle Honours". Royal Australian Navy. 1 March 2010. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Royal Australian Navy Ship/Unit Battle Honours". Royal Australian Navy. 1 March 2010. Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Ingleton, Geoffrey C. (April–June 1946). "Charting a War". Surveying and Mapping VI (2): 133–4.