HMAS
Allenwood

Type
Auxiliary Minesweeper
Pennant
AL
Builder
J Wright, Cape Hawke, NSW
Commissioned
29 July 1941
Decommissioned
31 October 1944
Fate
Returned to owners on 1 October 1946. Declared a total loss after grounding 14 September 1951
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 398 tons
Length 147 ft
Beam 35 ft
Draught 8 ft 2 in
Performance
Speed 8.5 knots
Complement
Crew 4 officers, 26 ratings
Propulsion
Machinery Twin screws, compound
Armament
Other Armament
  • 1 x 12 pdr QF HA/LA
  • 1 Vickers MG

The wooden coastal cargo vessel Allenwood was built by Wrights of Tuncurry, Cape Hawke, NSW, in 1920.

Allenwood was one of many requisitioned by the RAN for wartime service.
Allenwood was one of many requisitioned by the RAN for wartime service.
 

She was requisitioned for naval service on 29 July 1941 as an auxiliary minesweeper. At that time the Royal Australian Navy was in desperate need of vessels capable of conducting minesweeping operations and Allenwood was one of many coastal steamers and fishing vessels requisitioned for that purpose. These small ships were manned by members of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve and formed into Groups of auxiliary minesweepers that were dispersed at principal Australian ports as follows:

Group 50 - Sydney
Group 54 - Melbourne
Group 60 - Hobart
Group 63 - Port Adelaide
Group 66 - Fremantle
Group 70 - Darwin
Group 74 - Brisbane
Group 77 - Newcastle

HMAS Allenwood commissioned on 16 September 1941 under the command of Lieutenant FC Pilcher, RANR(S), and served chiefly on the Eastern Australian seaboard.

Allenwood prior to her conversion to an auxiliary minesweeper.
Allenwood prior to her conversion to an auxiliary minesweeper.

Ships Movements

Port
Arrived
Departed
Remarks
Sydney
 
27 Sep 1941
 
Sydney
3 Oct 1941
22 Mar 1942
 
Newcastle
17 May 1942
12 Jun 1942
 
Newcastle
27 Jun 1942
27 Jul 1942
 
Newcastle
7 Aug 1942
7 Aug 1942
 
Sydney
 -
24 Oct 1942
For Port Stephens
Port Stephens
25 Oct 1942
 -
 
Sydney
19 Dec 1942
10 Jan 1943
For Melbourne
Melbourne
19 Jan 1943
 -
 
Williamstown
24 Jan 1943
 -
 
Melbourne
 -
2 July 1943
 
Westernport
30 May 1944
 -
 
Westernport
27 Aug 1944
 -
 
Melbourne
 
15 Oct 1944
For Eden
Eden
17 Oct 1944
18 Oct 1944
 
Eden
18 Oct 1944
 
 

Allenwood paid off on 31 October 1944 and was subsequently returned to her owners A Taylor and Co Ltd.

Allenwood nested alongside HMA Ships Ping Wo and Westralia, Salamander Bay, NSW, c. November 1942
Allenwood nested alongside HMA Ships Ping Wo and Westralia, Salamander Bay, NSW, circa November 1942.

On 14 September 1951 Allenwood was declared a total loss after being wrecked on the Central Coast of New South Wales, some five miles north of Norah Head. All crew members were saved and the wreck was later sold.

Allenwood  aground on the Central Coast of New South Wales, 1951.
Allenwood aground on the Central Coast of New South Wales, 1951.