|Photographer:||Clyde Dickens [View profile]||Title:||HMAS CASTLEMAINE J244||Added:||Oct 12, 2009|
|Melbourne, Gem Pier, Williamstown. 10 October 2009
Launched in 1941 and commissioned in 1942, Castlemaine operated during World War II in the waters of Australia, New Guinea, and Timor. She remained in service until 1945, when she was decommissioned into reserve and converted into an immobilised training ship.
In 1973, Castlemaine was presented to the Maritime Trust of Australia for conversion of a museum ship. She is one of two surviving examples of the Bathurst class.
Displacement: 650 tons Length: 186 feet Beam: 31 feet Draft: 8 feet 3 inches (mean)
Builders: Melbourne Harbour Trust Commissioners, Williamstown
Armament: 1 x 4-inch gun 2 x MG 0.5 inch guns 3 x Oerlikons (one Bofor was later fitted aft in lieu of an Oerlikon)
Ammunition: 282 4-inch shells Approx. 2,500 rounds for each small gun 30 normal and 20 heavy-duty depth charges
Boilers: 2 x Yarrow Admiralty 3 drum, oil fired
Engines: 2 x triple expansion steam engines developing 1800 I.H.P.
Speed: 15 knots (maximum)
Radius: In excess of 4000 miles at 10 knots
Restored with parts gathered from corvettes being scrapped in Australia and New Zealand.