HMAS Kianga

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History
Australia
Name: Kianga[1]
Launched: 1922
Australia (RAN)
Name: Kianga
Commissioned: 16 September 1941
Decommissioned: 17 January 1946
General characteristics
Tonnage: 338 gross tonnage[2]
Length: 135.6 ft (41 m)[2]
Beam: 32 ft (10 m)[2]
Depth: 8.2 ft (2 m)[2]
Armament:

HMAS Kianga was an auxiliary minesweeper operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) during the Second World War. She was launched in 1922 by R. J. Lacey at Narooma.[2] The ship operated as a coastal cargo steamer and was requisitioned by the RAN in 1941. She was not returned to her owners and was scuttled off Sydney Heads.

Operational history[edit]

Kianga was launched by R. J. Lacey at Narooma for Sawmillers Shipping Company in 1922. She ran aground on the Narooma bar on 5 January 1924 and was repaired at Morts Dock.[3] She later ran aground at Binge Binge Point near Moruya on 19 June 1931.[4]

In 1933, she was sold to the Illawarra & South Coast Steam Navigation Company. Kianga was requisitioned by the RAN on 28 July 1941 and after being fitted out was commissioned as a minesweeper on 16 September 1941. During the war she was based at Brisbane with Minesweeping Group 74. Kianga was decommissioned on 17 January 1946 and she was scuttled off Sydney Heads on 7 July 1946. 33°59′54″S 151°36′05″E / 33.998217°S 151.601283°E / -33.998217; 151.601283Coordinates: 33°59′54″S 151°36′05″E / 33.998217°S 151.601283°E / -33.998217; 151.601283

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Details of the Ship". Plimsoll ShipData. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Llyods Register" (PDF). Plimsoll ShipData. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday, 12 January 1924, p.18.". Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Mercury (Hobart, Tas), Monday, 22 June 1931, p.5.". Retrieved 9 August 2010. 

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