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1940: The first casualty, HMAS GOORANGAI in Victorian waters - Photo AWM. | by Kookaburra2011
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1940: The first casualty, HMAS GOORANGAI in Victorian waters - Photo AWM.

4992. As has already been well told on the Photostream, the 223 grt auxiliary minesweeper HMAS GOORANGAI was the RAN'S first ship casualty in WWII - and its first surface ship loss in wartime - when she was run down at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay by the 10,000 ton troopship MV DUNTROON on the night of November 20, 1940.

 

All 24 men aboard GOORANGAI were lost, and only five bodies ever recovered.

 

We told the story way back at pic NO. 128, here:

 

www.flickr.com/photos/41311545@N05/3838750197/

 

A Maritime Archeology Association of Victoria [MAAV] report on the loss of the GOORANGAI:

 

home.vicnet.net.au/~maav/goorangai.htm

 

Memorial services for the little vessel and her crew are conducted at the GOORANGAI cairn in the Ocean View Park at Queenscliff on the nearest Sunday to November 20 each year. This year [2011] the anniversary date falls on a Sunday, and people wishing to attend the ceremony are asked to assemble at the Queenscliff RSL Club in King Street at 10.30 am.

 

Photo Naval Historical Collection, Australian War Memorial, image ID NO. 068379, listed copyright expired, public domain. The image is also held in the RAN Archives, Navy Heritage Collection image NO. 03502.

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Taken on February 23, 2011