SELECTED WWII AUXILIARIES: Brisbane-based minesweeper HMAS GOONAMBEE - Photo RAN Historical.
4057. Built at the State Dockyard, Newcastle [NSW] in 1919 for a NSW Government fishing enterprise, the 222 grt trawler GOONAMBEE was later sold to Red Funnel Fisheries, and then Carlo Caminitri's Cam and ASons commercial fishing operation in Sydney.
Requisition by the RAN on June 28, 1940, she was commissioned HMAS GOONAMBEE on August 9 that year, and attached to Minesweeping Group 74, based in Brisbane.
GOONAMBEE, owever, was in Sydney on the night of May 31-June 1, 1942, during the Japanese midget submarine raid, and sighted the submarine M21 in Taylor's Bay late that night, leading to its destruction by Naval Auxiliary Patrol [NAP] boats over the next 12 hours.
GOONAMBEE was acquired by the RAN on June 29, 1943, but paid off almost one year later, on June 21, 1944, and was sold back to Cam and Sons on October 4 that year.
She continued in the commercial fishing industry until 1954, when she was eventually laid. She was in Sydney in 1958.
We had an excellent image of HMAS GOONAMBEE earlier at pic NO. 65, here:
This photo: RAN Historical, it is held in the RAN Heritage Collection, ID NO. oo266, and appeared in John Bastock's book 'Australia's Ships of War' [Angus and Robertson, Sydney 1975] p228.