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  HMAS Kuttabul
RAN
Passenger Ferry

454 Tons
55.5m x 11m x 4m

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June 1, 1942

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Justin Taylan 2006

Ship History
Buitl by Walsh Island Shipyard in Newcastle NSW during 1922. One of the largest passenger ferries owned and operated by Sydney Ferries Ltd.

Wartime History
Requisitioned by the RAN during November 1940. Designated HMAS Kuttabul on February 26, 1941. As of February 1941, HMAS Kuttabul was used as an accommodation ship permanently moored along the eastern side of Garden Island inside Sydney Harbor.

Sinking History
On June 1, 1942 while anchored in Sydney Harbor at 12:30am HA-24b Midget Submarine (M24) fired two torpedoes at USS Chicago CA-29 but both missed, passed under Dutch submarine K-9 and exploded against the sea wall. The explosion lifted HMAS Kuttabul out of the water killing 21 sailors aboard and sinking the ferry to the waterline.

Salvage
During 1942, the wheelhouse was salvaged and used as a guard house on Garden Island at the landing that was renamed in honor of the ferry.

Display
Today, the wheelhouse is displayed at ANZAC Hall in the Australian War Memorial, on loan from the RAN.

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Last Updated
January 10, 2018

 

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