Description

Title: The History of HMAS Maryborough – Corvettes in World War II 1940 – 1946

Author: Ogle, Brian

Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

Publication Date: 1992

ISBN: 064608318

Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 240 pages

Comments: The history of HMAS Maryborough in World War 2. A scarce RAN Ship history book.

HMAS MARYBOROUGH was one of sixty Australian Minesweepers (commonly known as corvettes) built during World War II in Australian shipyards as part of the Commonwealth Government’s wartime shipbuilding programme. Twenty (including MARYBOROUGH) were built on Admiralty order but manned and commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy. Thirty-six were built for the Royal Australian Navy and four for the Royal Indian Navy.

MARYBOROUGH commissioned at Maryborough on 12 June 1941 under the command of LCDR Glen L. Cant RAN.

MARYBOROUGH, after a brief period of service on the east coast of Australia, proceeded in November 1941 to Singapore. There on 28 November she became a unit of the 21st Minesweeping Flotilla.

Following the outbreak of the Pacific War, MARYBOROUGH with six of her sister ships played a notable part in the Malayan-Java-Sumatran operations ending on 2 March 1942, when she departed Tjilatjap for Fremantle.

The period of March to November 1942 was spent on escort and patrol duties in Western Australian waters based on Fremantle. It was an uneventful period. During April 1942 MARYBOROUGH took the submarine USS SEA RAVEN in tow and brought her to Fremantle. The submarine, which had rescued a party of servicemen from Timor, had broken down. On 3 November 1942 MARYBOROUGH departed Fremantle for Diego Garcia en route to join the Eastern Fleet. The following four months were spent escorting shipping from Colombo to Bombay and to the Persian Gulf.

In May 1943 MARYBOROUGH entered the Mediterranean. Five months were spent in this theatre on convoy, escort and anti-submarine patrol, including the operations for the Sicily landings. In November 1943 MARYBOROUGH returned to the Indian Ocean and resumed her convoy escort duties. After a year of these activities she returned to Fremantle on 3 December 1944 after more than two years of overseas service.

Three and a half months in Australian waters had elapsed when on 16 March 1945 she departed Sydney for Seeadler Harbour.

Includes Nominal Roll