HMAS Taipan

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Name: Bandeong Maru
Namesake: Bandeong (now Bandung)
Fate: Captured
Name: HMAS Taipan
Fate: Transferred to Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
General characteristics
Tonnage: 107 tons
Length: 81 feet (25 m)
Beam: 19.5 feet (5.9 m)
Armament: 1 x 20mm Oerlikon

HMAS Taipan was an auxiliary vessel operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) during the Second World War. She was the Japanese vessel Bandeong Maru, which was captured off Cape Leveque, West Australia in August 1944 and commissioned on 14 August 1945.[1] She was used by the Services Reconnaissance Department and was paid off in 1945, before being sold to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in June 1947.[1] She was later sold into private ownership and re-named Shangri La.


  1. ^ a b Lind, p.182