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 01/10/1946. Declared total loss after grounding 14/09/1951
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 F.C. 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, Salamanda Bay, NSW, c. November 1942
Allenwood nested alongside HMA Ships Ping Wo and Westralia, Salamanda Bay, NSW, c. 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.