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Builder: Purdon & Featherstone, Battery Point, Tasmania
Commissioned: 11 November 1943
Out of service: 1970
Fate: Sold in August 1971
General characteristics
Class & type: Harbour Defence Motor Launch
Displacement: 58 tons
Armament: 2 x 20mm
2 x machine guns
8 depth charges

HMAS HDML 1321, also known as Rushcutter was a 58-ton Harbour Defence Motor Launch of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Built by Purdon & Featherstone, Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania and commissioned into the RAN on 11 November 1943.[1] She was assigned to Z Special Unit and delivered commandos for the 1945 ill-fated raid on Muschu Island.[2] She was later reclassified as a Seaward Defence Boat.

Sold in August 1971, she was converted to a pleasure craft and is now located in Northern Australia.


  1. ^ Gillett 1986, p. 37.
  2. ^ Dennis 2006, p. 54.


  • Dennis, Don (2006). The Guns of Muschu. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-1-74114-878-7. 
  • Gillett, Ross (1986). Australia's armed forces of the eighties. Brookvale: Child & Henry. ISBN 0867770813.