HMAS
Burra Bra

HMAS Burra Bra
Type
Target Vessel
Pennant
BR
Builder
Mort's Dock and Engineering Company Limited, Sydney
Commissioned
1 February 1943
Decommissioned
1 June 1944
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 458 tons
Length 195 feet 3 inches
Beam 31 feet 7 inches
Draught 13 feet 5 inches
Complement
Crew 4 officers, 31 sailors
Propulsion
Machinery Triple expansion 100 HP
Armament
Guns
  • 1 x 12-pounder gun
  • 2 x Vickers .303 machine guns
Other Armament 2 x depth charge chutes

Burra Bra was the last of the open upper deck passenger ferries used in Sydney Harbour on the Circular Quay-Manly run. She was requisitioned for naval service on 13 November 1942.

After fitting out by Poole and Steel Limited, Sydney, Burra Bra commissioned on 1st February 1943 under the command of Lieutenant Reginald E. Morley, RANR.

The vessel was employed on target towing duties and for anti-submarine training, based at Jervis Bay, NSW. Her duties included co-operation with aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force.

On 25 August 1943 Burra Bra was purchased by the Commonwealth . Burra Bra paid off into reserve at Sydney on 1st June 1944. She was employed for a period as a sours of steam supply for vessels undergoing refits.

The ship was sold by auction at Sydney in November 1947.