Allied Warships

HMAS Geelong (J 201)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantJ 201 
Built byWilliamstown Dockyard (Williamstown, Victoria, Australia) 
Ordered5 Jun 1940 
Laid down16 Oct 1940 
Launched22 Apr 1941 
Commissioned16 Jan 1942 
Lost18 Oct 1944 
Loss position6° 04'S, 147° 45'E

On 18 October 1944 HMAS Geelong (Lt. Maxwell Ernest Mathers, RANR ) sank following a collision with the American tanker York (10.488 tons) in position 06°04'S, 147°45'E, north of Langemak, New Guinea. There were no casualties. The survivors were picked up by the York and landed at Langemak.


Commands listed for HMAS Geelong (J 201)

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1Lt. Colin George Hill, RANR(S)18 Sep 194122 Apr 1944
2Lt. Maxwell Ernest Mathers, RANR23 Apr 194418 Oct 1944

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