ERIC HOGBEN COLLECTION 8: HMAS KIMBLA in floating dock at Williamstown.
5665. Last of the Bar Class boom defence vessels, 760 tons standard-1020 tons full load HMAS KIMBLA was completed by Walkers Ltd at Maryborough , Qld, and commissioned on March 26, 1956. With no booms to tend she spent most of her 29-year career in salvage, oceongraphic survey and CSIRO research work.
Known as 'The Snail' because of her low speed [10 knots maximum, but ideal for Oceanographic survey work] she wore a snails flag - which doesn't appear to be the one worn here, and we can find nothing to help date the image.
KIMBLA is seen here in the Hobsons Bay Dock and Engineering [ Howard Smith Industries subsidiary] former WWII floating dock which was berthed opposite Williamstown's Reid St Pier. KIMBLA paid off on Dec. 20, 1984, and was formally decommissioned on Feb. 15, 1985.
Photo: Late Eric Hogben, courtesy of Geoff Eastwood.