HMAS Southern Cross

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HMAS Southern Cross at Darwin during July 1942. The lugger HMAS Griffioen is moored alongside her
HMAS Southern Cross at Darwin during July 1942. The lugger HMAS Griffioen is moored alongside her
History
Australia
Name: Southern Cross
Namesake: the Southern Cross
Owner: Melanesian Mission of the Anglican Church
Builder: Cammell Laird & Company, Birkenhead, England
Yard number: 994
Launched: 4 July 1933
Fate: Requistioned by Royal Australian Navy in 1941
Australia
Name: Southern Cross
Acquired: 29 March 1941
In service: 18 June 1941
General characteristics
Tonnage: 298 GT
Length: 34 m (112 ft) LPP
Beam: 8.7 m (29 ft)
Propulsion: 1 diesel engine
Speed: 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph)
Armament: 1 x 4-inch gun

HMAS Southern Cross was an examination vessel, stores and troop carrier of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) during the Second World War. Built in 1933 for the Melanesian Mission of the Anglican Church, she was requisitioned by the RAN on 29 March 1941 and commissioned on 18 June 1941.[1]

Description[edit]

Southern Cross was a yacht that was launched as yard number 994 on 4 July 1933 by Cammell Laird & Company in Birkenhead, England. She had been ordered by the England-based Melanesian Mission Trust Ltd. Southern Cross was a 298-ton vessel that had a length between perpendiculars (LPP) of 34 m (112 ft), a beam of 8.7 m (29 ft) and was powered by a diesel engine.[2]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Navy day by day 1941
  2. ^ "Southern Cross (1163385)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 12 August 2014. (Subscription required (help)).