Title: Taken by Storm (HMAS Manoora)
Author: Mervyn, Bill and Galmes, Eather
Condition: Near Mint
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 1996
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 252 pages
Comments: The history of HMAS Manoora in World War 2.
HMAS Manoora was a motor vessel laid down for the Adelaide Steamship Company by Alex Stephen and Son at Govan in Scotland in July 1934, launched on 25 October 1935 and completed in 1935.
The ship entered service on the Cairns to Fremantle run, but was requisitioned by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on 11 October 1939. Manoora was outfitted at Sydney for service as an armed merchant cruiser, and commissioned into the RAN on 12 December 1939.
On 30 September 1942, Manoora returned to Sydney and was converted to a Landing Ship, Infantry (LSI) by 2 February 1943.
Manoora paid off on 6 December 1947 and was returned to her owners on 31 August 1949. She received six battle honours for her wartime service: “Indian Ocean 1941-42”, “Pacific 1942-45”, “New Guinea 1944”, “Leyte Gulf 1944”, “Lingayen Gulf 1945”, and “Borneo 1945”.
She was sold to an Indonesian company in 1961 and renamed Albulombo. The ship was finally sold for scrap to a Japanese firm in 1972.
Includes Nominal Roll