HMAS Southern Cross
HMAS Southern Cross at Darwin during July 1942. The lugger HMAS Griffioen is moored alongside her
|Namesake:||the Southern Cross|
|Owner:||Melanesian Mission of the Anglican Church|
|Builder:||Cammell Laird & Company, Birkenhead, England|
|Launched:||4 July 1933|
|Fate:||Requistioned by Royal Australian Navy in 1941|
|Acquired:||29 March 1941|
|In service:||18 June 1941|
|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.
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.