HMAS
Bonthorpe

HMAS Bonthorpe
Type
Auxiliary Minesweeper
Role Minesweeping
Pennant
BT
Builder
Collingwood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
Commissioned
5 February 1940
Decommissioned
17 February 1945
Fate
Sold in 1948
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement
  • 85 tonnes (standard)
  • 248 (full load)
Length 38.23 metres
Beam 7.14 metres
Draught 4.09 metres
Performance
Speed 10 knots
Complement
Crew 20 (2 officers and 18 sailors)
Armament
Guns
  • 1 x 76mm gun
  • 2 x 20mm Oerlikon guns
  • 1 x 7.7mm Vickers machine gun

HMAS Bonthorpe was requisitioned for naval service from her owners Albany Tug Co, Albany, Western Australia on 27 November 1939 and purchased by the Royal Australian Navy on 30 June 1944.

HMAS Bonthorpe alongside with Naval Lighter Agnes
HMAS Bonthorpe alongside with the naval lighter Agnes outboard.

She commissioned on 5 February 1940 at Fremantle under the command of Commissioned Warrant Officer Stephen Armstrong, RANR (S).

Bonthorpe was based in Fremantle and operated in waters off the Western Australian coast until she paid off on 17 February 1945.

She was sold to Mr C. Dakas of Fremantle in 1948. 

HMAS Bonthorpe during her refit
HMAS Bonthorpe undergoing maintenance on a slipway