What was the name of the naval depot ship torpedoed by a Japanese midget submarine that entered Sydney Harbour in 1942?
#43746. Asked by peasypod. (Jan 26 04 5:30 PM)
HMAS Kuttabul, a converted steam ferry, was sunk in Sydney Harbour by a Japanese midget submarine.|
It was not originally one of several vessels called the Penguin.
HMAS Penguin (Garden Island) was an administrative center which was renamed HMAS Kuttabul on 1 January 1943 - in memory of those killed in 1942. The Royal Australian Navy follows the Royal Navy's stone frigate custom in naming its shore establishments as if they were ships.
In 1939, Penguin (Garden Island) was the Navy's main base in Sydney. At the outbreak of war, additional support bases were established in Newcastle, Brisbane and Darwin and each of these was also named Penguin.
In 1941, construction of the existing establishment at Balmoral began. The depot ... was commissioned as Penguin II on 14 July 1942 and when Garden Island was renamed HMAS Kuttabul on 1 January 1943 ... Penguin II became simply Penguin.
Situated above the historic Garden Island Dockyard facility, HMAS Kuttabul provides administrative, training and logistics support to defence personnel, both uniform and civilian, employed within the Sydney area.
Commissioned on 01 Jan 1943, HMAS Kuttabul is named after the converted ferry Kuttabul, which was lost to enemy action in Sydney Harbour. The word Kuttabul is Aboriginal for 'wonderful'.
Kuttabul. Wooden screw steamer, Australian navy store ship, previously harbour ferry. Built Newcastle, 1922. Sunk by a deflected Japanese torpedo in Sydney harbour, 31 May 1942. http://oceans1.customer.netspace.net.au/portjackson-wrecks.html
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