HMAS Steady Hour

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HMAS Steady Hour
HMAS Steady Hour at Port Kembla in 1944
HMAS Steady Hour at Port Kembla in 1944
Career (Australia)
Name: Steady Hour
Owner: Fred Harris
Builder: Lars Halvorsen and Sons, Neutral Bay
Career (Australia)
Honours and
awards:
Battle honours:
Pacific 1942
Fate: Destroyed by fire in 1945
General characteristics
Length: 56 feet (17 m)
Armament: 1 .303 Vickers MG, 4 Depth charges

HMAS Steady Hour (12) was a channel patrol boat of the Naval Auxiliary Patrol of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) during the Second World War. During the 31 May 1942 Japanese attack on Sydney Harbour, Steady Hour deployed 17 depth charges against the Japanese midget submarine M-21 in Taylor's Bay. The submarine's two crew members destroyed their vessel with demolition charges and committed suicide.

Steady Hour was awarded the battle honour "Pacific 1942".[1][2]

Fate[edit]

Steady Hour was destroyed by fire on 3 March 1945 while attached to HMAS Melville on air-sea rescue duties at Darwin, Northern Territory.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "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.