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H.M.A.S. Goorangai : 20-November-2010
H.M.A.S. Goorangai : 20-November-2010

Photographs supplied by John Cole

A monument unveiled on the 65th Anniversary of the sinking of the Goorangai and dedicated to the memory of those past, present and future mine warfare personnel.

In November 1940, minesweeper trawler HMAS Goorangai a unit of the then Mine Warfare Group 54, with five Officers and 19 rating Reserves, under the command of LCDR. G.N.Boyle, steamed to Queenscliff from Williamstown, loaded vegetables, then expecting rough weather, headed across the bay towards Portsea after dark whilst showing minimum lights. When midway between Queenscliff and the quarantine station she was struck forward of the funnel on the port side by the outward bound troop ship Duntroon on its way to Sydney.

With both ships almost totally blacked out, and wartime security preventing the Duntroon from heaving to for any length of time or switching on searchlights to look for survivors, the crew of Goorangai, which was cut in two, had little chance. This ship was the first Naval casualty for the Australian Navy during World War Two, with the loss of all hands.The minesweeper stuck hard and fast on the seabed in about eight fathoms of water with only the tops of her masts visible. Despite an extensive search, only six bodies were recovered before the wreck was demolished by explosives on January 21, 1941.

Location

Address:Hesse Street, Ocean View Carpark - Lookout, Queenscliff, 3225
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.273734
Long: 144.658541
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:20-November-1940
Actual Event End Date:20-November-1940

Dedication

Front Inscription

The first Australian naval loss during World War 2 occurred on 20th November 1940 when H.M.A.S. Goorangai whilst on passage from Queenscliff to Portsea was sunk as a result of a collision with H.M.A.T. Duntroon.

There were no survivors.

This monument is in proud memory of those who served in H.M.A.S. Goorangai.

Fear God honour the King 
I.Peter Ch.2 2. V.17 (Navy Motto)

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They are the flowers of the sea

Erected by the Naval Commemoration Committee of Victoria

November 1980

Source: MA
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