Parramatta 1910 HMAS - Destroyer

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Parramatta 1910 HMAS - Destroyer

Post by Woody » Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:00 am

HMAS Parramatta
Acheron Class Destroyer, Australian Group. - 55
She was the first vessel laid down for the Australian Commonwealth Naval Forces.
Launched by Fairfield, Govan, Yard No: 469, on 9/2/1910 and partially dismantled in 1929.
990t deep load
246ft oa x 25ft 8in x 9ft
3-shaft Parsons Turbines, 3 Yarrow boilers, 16,000shp giving 28 knots
2 x 4in BL Mk VIII, 2 x 12pdr 12cwt and 3 x 18in TTs
Crew 70

Completed 1/8/1910 and she reached Australia in November 1910, in the company of her sister ship HMAS Yarra.
Following the declaration of war she took part in operations against the German Pacific Colonies
February 1915 returned to Australia in and was employed on patrol work locally and in Malayan, Philippines and East Indies waters.
May 1917, in company with Warrego and Yarra, she sailed for Malta, being joined en route by Swan, Torrens and Huon, thus concentrating the Australian Destroyer Flotilla conducting patrols as part of the blockade of the Adriatic Sea.
28/9/1918 to Piraeus for Refit
21/10/1910 returned to service with patrols of Gallipoli and then passed through the Dardenelles to the Sea of Marmora
November 1918 joined the allied squadron at Constantinople and then on to Sebastapol against the Bolshevik forces
March 1919 returned to Australia and was laid up.
1925-26 recommissioned for training duties
1929 she was dismantled and her hulk was towed to the Hawkesbury for use as convict accommodation, but this decision was reversed by public outcry. She was subsequently used as a barge.
Paramatta's hulk was abandoned in the Hawkesbury but in the 1970s her bow and stern were recovered and are now memorials at Garden Island and Parramatta respectively.
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Parramatta stern view

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Re: Parramatta 1910 HMAS - Destroyer

Post by E28 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:22 pm

In actual fact there is considerably more of HMAS Parramatta that remains than you may imagine.
I shall give you a link which should enable you to go to a host of pics taken in 2010 plus more on her past.
You will need to type in:- Geoff Eastwood's hmas parramatta (1) wreck survey. The ship.
This is not a www, but a flickr photo stream, and most excellent it is too, especially detailed pics showing her method of construction to advantage.
Hope you find it ok and enjoy the splendid shots and accompanying texts.
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Re: Parramatta 1910 HMAS - Destroyer

Post by Magoonigal » Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:05 am

Yes very interesting.

Admitedly its only her shell but there is a lot of her left.
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Post by E28 » Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:27 pm

When she went down the slip that 9th Feb, the lady who had the honour was no less than Mrs Asquith, wife of the prime minister.
To send her on her way, it is claimed that the very first bottle of champagne from Aus was actually broken in the traditional manner to much applause to celebrate the occasion.

However, when the day of her departure from Pompey came, embarking on the lengthy voyage to her native land, she, and Yarra, sailed missing a vital ingredient for the well being and general uplifting of spirits for her complement.

No rum.

Not much to celebrate there then.
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Post by E28 » Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:57 pm

Parramatta is the oldest name in the Royal Australian Navy, as a consequence of this destroyer being constructed and named such.

Parramatta means:-
The place where the eels lie down, which is a literal translation from its aboriginal roots, and as lead ship of the 6 in class, all named after Australian rivers, the Parramatta being one of those which flows into what is now generally referred to as Sydney harbour.

The current ship serving that nation is the 4th to bear this name, and carries 4 battle honours. The 2 earliest, Rabaul 1914 and Adriatic 1917-1918, earned by this destroyer.
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Post by E28 » Thu May 05, 2011 9:12 pm

The white ensign as shown prominently on Parramatta in the 3rd photo down, was to remain the ensign of the Royal Australian Navy for a considerable time.

Not until the 1st March 1967 did their navy officially introduce their own White Ensign, still used today.
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Post by E28 » Wed May 11, 2011 8:43 pm

Although Fairfield built Parramatta,
it would not have come about without the full cooperation of Denny,
who built Yarra.
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Post by E28 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:36 pm

Parramatta, and why this name was probably selected for the first Australian warship.

This river is the principal tributary for that extensive area known today as Sydney harbour.
Cook arrived in 1770, and named one part Port Jackson, which was an area inhabited then by four indigenous peoples and stands on the bank of the locally titled Parramatta river.

A very appropriate name selection with strong connections and connotations for all people from this large Country, today as then.
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Post by E28 » Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:53 pm

Parramatta and her 5 sisters are not Australian Acheron class, later the I class.

I have no idea where this falsehood originated in the dim and distant past, but it is 100% false.

The 1st 3 pre dated the Acheron class by over 2 years and were constructed at the time of the Beagles, coal fired, and then Acorn classes.

In fact, the Australian government, when seeking their, that is the 1st 3, tenders, did not even consult the British Admiralty, instead going direct to a limited number of builders who put forward their own proposals based entirely on the Australian brief.

All of these were designed in house or by sourcing through outside consultants.

The man credited with their design is John Harvard Biles, a very eminent Glasgow based naval architect, and to whom the appropriate commissions were paid upon their inception and commencement of construction.
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Re: Parramatta 1910 HMAS - Destroyer

Post by Woody » Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:15 pm

Another Image for her birthday
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Re: Parramatta 1910 HMAS - Destroyer

Post by Dennis Maccoy » Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:44 am

The Parramatta memorial seen from the Parramatta river on 3 October 2018.
HMAS Parramatta Memorial, 3 October 2018 (1)_1_1.JPG
HMAS Parramatta Memorial, 3 October 2018 (2)_2_1.JPG
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