HMAS
Koompartoo

HMAS Koompartoo
Type
Harbour Ferry converted to Boom Gate Vessel
Pennant
Z256
Commissioned
23 December 1942
Decommissioned
8 June 1962
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 448-201 tons
Length 191 feet
Beam 38 feet 3 inches
Draught 10 feet 9 inches
Performance
Speed 12.5 knots
Propulsion
Machinery Triple expansion steam engine; screws fore and aft
Armament
Guns
  • 2 x 20mm Oerlikons
  • 4 x .303 inch Vickers MG
Awards
Battle Honours DARWIN 1943

Koompartoo was purchased from Sydney Harbour Ferries Ltd by the British Ministry of War Transport for service in the Middle East. To prepare her for this role she underwent conversion at Mort's Dock in Sydney, but due to the outbreak of war in the Pacific never deployed. Instead she was taken over by the RAN on 18 June 1942 for use as a Boom Defence Vessel.

HMAS Koompartoo prior to her conversion at Mort's Dock in Sydney.
HMAS Koompartoo prior to her conversion at Mort's Dock in Sydney.

Commissioning as HMAS Koompartoo on 23 December 1942, under the command of Lieutenant G.G. Moss, RANR(S), she deployed for Darwin in January 1943 where she served as a Boom Gate Vessel until the end of World War II. She returned to Sydney in 1950 and was placed in the Reserve Fleet. In April 1962 she was declared for disposal and was sold out of the Service on 8 June 1962.