Allied Warships

HMAS Lithgow (J 206)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassBathurst 
PennantJ 206 
Built byMorts Dock & Enginering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) 
Ordered12 Jun 1940 
Laid down19 Aug 1940 
Launched21 Dec 1940 
Commissioned14 Jun 1941 
End service8 Jun 1948 
History

Decommissioned into Reserve on 8 June 1948.
Sold to be broken up for scrap to the Hong Kong Delta Shipping Company (Hong Kong) on 8 August 1956.

 

Commands listed for HMAS Lithgow (J 206)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Alfred Victor Knight, RD, RANR(S)Mar 1941???

2Lt. Stewart Gordon Wissell, RANR???Dec 1942

3T/Lt. Charles Theodore Graham Haultain, RANR(S)1 Jan 19438 Oct 1944

4Lt.Cdr. (emergency) David Logan, RAN25 Dec 194421 Mar 1945

5Lt. Geoffrey Stanley Hill Champion, RANR(S)10 May 19453 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Lithgow include:


14 Nov 1943

Convoy QL 29.

This convoy departed Brisbane on 14 November 1943.

It was made up of the following transports; Ban Hong Liong (British, 1671 GRT, built 1908), Cardross (Australian, 2515 GRT, built 1919), Floyd Bennett (American, 7176 GRT, built 1943), Francis G. Newlands (American, 7176 GRT, built 1943), Frank Joseph Irwin (American, 7176 GRT, built 1942), John Alden (American, 7176 GRT, built 1943), John Jacob Astor (American, 7176 GRT, built 1943), Murada (Australian, 3345 GRT, built 1921), Point San Pedro (American, 3303 GRT, built 1920), Tambua (Australian, 3566 GRT, built 1938) and William Beaumont (American, 7176 GRT, built 1943).

On departure from Brisbane it was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. J. Plunkett-Cole, RAN), minesweepers HMAS Geelong (A/Lt.Cdr. C.G. Hill, RANR(S)), HMAS Lithgow (T/Lt. C.T.G. Haultain, RANR(S)) and the patrol vessel SC-741 (Lt. C.K.S. Latus, USNR).

Around 2000L/15, near Lady Elliot Island, HMAS Vendetta and HMAS Geelong parted company to return to Brisbane. [No details on the other two escorts.]

HMAS Vendetta arrived at Brisbane around 1220L/16.

HMAS Geelong arrived at Brisbane around 1330L/16.

The convoy arrived at Townsville on 17 November 1943.

7 Apr 1944
HrMs K XII (Lt. Baron J.H. Mackay, RNN) departed Melbourne for Sydney. From 7 April to 10 April HrMs K XII was escorted by HMAS Lithgow (T/Lt. C.T.G. Haultain, RANR(S)). From 11 April to 12 April HrMs K XII was escorted by HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)) and two motor launches. (1)

14 Jan 1945

Convoy BG 510.

This convoy departed Sorido, Biak around 1900I/14.

It was made up of the following ships; Edwin Markham (American, 7176 GRT, built 1942), El Morro (American (tanker), 10448 GRT, built 1944) and Ludington (American, 8266 GRT, built 1920).

It was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt. G.S. Gordon, RAN) and the the minesweepers HMAS Gladstone (T/Lt. J.W. Penney, RANR(S)) and HMAS Lithgow (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) D. Logan, RAN , Senior Officer).

The convoy arrived at Morotai around 0800I/17. (2)

20 Jan 1945

Convoy GB 729.

This convoy departed Morotai around 1600I/20.

It was made up of the following ships; Edwin Markham (American, 7176 GRT, built 1942), El Morro (American (tanker), 10448 GRT, built 1944) and Stanford Newel (American, 7176 GRT, built 1943).

It was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt. G.S. Gordon, RAN) and the the minesweepers HMAS Gladstone (T/Lt. J.W. Penney, RANR(S)) and HMAS Lithgow (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) D. Logan, RAN , Senior Officer).

At 2148I/22, HMAS Vendetta was detached to search for the crew of an aircraft which had crashed into the sea near the convoy.

The convoy arrived at Biak around 2345I/22.

HMAS Vendetta arrived at Mios Woendi around 0040I/23 having abandoned her search around 2250I/22. (2)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.37.198 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for January 1945

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