HMAS Tambar

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Name: Tambar
Owner: North Coast Steam Navigation Company (1912-1919)
Builder: Greenock and Grangemouth Dockyard Company, Grangemouth
Launched: 1912
Identification: UK Official Number: 131522
Fate: Broken up in 1960
Name: Tambar
General characteristics
Displacement: 456 gross tons
Length: 145.2 ft (44.3 m)[1]
Beam: 30.1 ft (9.2 m)
Draught: 8.7 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: Twin screw triple expansion steam engine

HMAS Tambar was an auxiliary minesweeper operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) during World War II.

Service history[edit]

Built in 1912 by the Greenock and Grangemouth Dockyard Company, Grangemouth for the North Coast Steam Navigation Company. She was sold in 1919 to the British New Guinea Development Company, in 1928 to the Tasmanian Government and later to Holyman & Sons.[2] Tambar was requisitioned by the RAN and commissioned as an auxiliary minesweeper. On 4 March 1942, HMAS Tambar was fired on and hit by the Examination Battery at Fort Cowan Cowan, Moreton Island.[3] Two crew were killed outright and another later died of his wounds. She was returned to her owners in 1946.[2]


Tambar was scrapped in Melbourne in 1960.[2]



  1. ^ "Llyods Register 1943-1944" (PDF). Plimsoll ShipData. Retrieved 19 April 2012. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "North Coast Steam Navigation Company". Flotilla Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Dunn, Peter. "HMAS TAMBAR HIT BY "FRIENDLY FIRE" FROM COWAN COWAN, MORETON ISLAND ON 4 MARCH 1942". Retrieved 20 May 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Mair, Craig (2013). A Lucky Ship: The Nine Lives of the Australian Coaster Tambar 1912-1960. Leopold, Vic: Nautical Association of Australia. ISBN 9780975689639.