HMAS Koompartoo

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Career (Australia)
Name: Koompartoo
Owner: Sydney Ferries Limited
Operator: Sydney Ferries (1922-1940)
Port of registry: 1922-1940: Sydney,  Australia
Builder: Walsh Island Dockyard and Engineering Works, Newcastle
Launched: 1922
In service: 1922
Career (Australia)
Name: Koompartoo
General characteristics
Type: Harbour ferry
Tonnage: 448 GT
201 NT
Length: 182.6 ft (55.7 m)
Beam: 36.1 ft (11.0 m)

HMAS Koompartoo was a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) auxiliary boom defence vessel, and former Sydney harbour ferry.

Built in 1922 by the Walsh Island Dockyard and Engineering Works in Newcastle, New South Wales.[1] Koompartoo was constructed with 18 watertight compartments, regarded as being unsinkable and therefore was not required to carry lifebelts.[2]

After service with Sydney Ferries, she was purchased by the British Ministry of War Transport for service in the Middle East and began conversion work at Mort's Dock, Sydney. With the outbreak of war in the Pacific, she was transferred to the RAN in October 1942 and was commissioned on 23 December 1942.


  1. ^ Prescott, Anthony (1984). Sydney Ferry Fleets. Ronald H Parsons. ISBN 0909418306. 
  2. ^ "The Kuttabul. New Ferry Steamer.". Sydney Morning Herald. August 1922. Retrieved 2012-05-01.