HMAS Beryl II
HMAS Beryl II
|Career (Australia)||[verification needed]|
|Commissioned:||9 October 1939|
|Decommissioned:||13 December 1945|
|Tonnage:||248 gross tonnage|
|Length:||122 ft (37 m)|
|Beam:||22 ft (7 m)|
|Depth:||12 ft (4 m)|
|Armament:||1 × 12-pounder gun
1 × 20mm Oerlikon cannon
1 × .303-inch Vickers machine gun
HMAS Beryl II (F. 71/BT) was an auxiliary minesweeper, later boom gate vessel, operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) during World War II. She was launched in 1914 by Cochrane & Sons at Selby. The ship operated as a trawler and was requisitioned by the RAN in 1939. She was returned to her owners on 24 May 1946 and was later scrapped in 1955.
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Built in 1914, she was operated by the Three White Crowns Company, Hull in the North Sea. In 1926 she was purchased by Cam and Sons and after a voyage of 66 days arrived at Sydney. She was requisitioned by the RAN on 7 September 1939, and after being fitted out at Williamstown was commissioned on 9 October. Beryl II served with Minesweeping Group 54 in Port Phillip Bay until February 1943.
She was then transferred to Minesweeping Group 63 at Port Adelaide and served until December 1943. She was sent to Sydney to be converted into a boom gate vessel and was sent to Port Morseby, New Guinea where she remained until April 1945. Beryl II was refitted in Melbourne between May and November. She was placed into reserve in Sydney and was decommissioned on 13 December.
- "The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 15 February 1927, p.12.". Retrieved 13 August 2010.
- "The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Thursday 24 April 1947, p.20.". Retrieved 13 August 2010.
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