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Photographer:Gordy [View profile]Title:YANDRAAdded:Jun 04, 2011
Photo Category: Wrecks & Relics

990 gross tons.

Lbd 211'1" x 35'2" x 11'9".

Steel single screw motorship built by Burmeister & Wain in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1928. Arrived to Australia on 23 October 1928.

Coast Steamships Ltd. Passenger accommodation - 16 (later 4) first class. Requisitioned June 1940 as a Minesweeper & anti-submarine vessel as commissioned 22 September 1940, renamed HMAS Yandra.

Rammed Japanese midget submarine (M21 - Matsuo) at least once and followed through with 6 depth charges during the daring night raid on Sydney Harbour 31 May 1942. Although the submarine made it further within the harbour, it could not release torpedoes owing to severe hull bow cage buckling, thought to be caused by the actions of the Yandra.

Post War resumed peacetime services on the South Australian Gulfs. Ran aground in dense fog on a rocky island in the Neptune Group near the entrance to Spencer Gulf, 24 January 1959 and written off. Yandra means "All alike"

Information supplied by John Hoskin:

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Photo Credits: re. Mark Churchman (old shipmate buddy of mine)

Cheers and GB

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Gordy on Jun 24, 2011 04:20 (7 years ago)
She was a beautiful little ship, did the light house run in South Australia for years chris
Gordy on Jun 22, 2011 04:00 (7 years ago)
The Yalata replaced her when she went up on the rocks mate!
Gordy on Jun 13, 2011 16:47 (7 years ago)
The Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide has a lot of info on her if you want to check it out mate
Gordy on Jun 10, 2011 15:51 (7 years ago)
Thanks Chris, she left a great legacy re war service, so sad her life ended like that.
Chris Howell on Jun 05, 2011 08:02 (7 years ago)
Excellent photo Gordy, hopefully many more.
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