William Beardmore & Co Ltd, Dalmuir, Scotland
18 December 1917
22 November 1918
27 January 1920
09 January 1928
Sold on 4 June 1937 and broken up
|Dimensions & Displacement|
|Beam||26 feet 9 inches|
|Draught||10 feet 10 inches|
|Range||2000 miles at 15 knots|
|Machinery||Brown-Curtis geared turbines, 2 screws|
|Torpedoes||4 x 21-inch torpedo tubes in 2 twin deck mountings|
Tasmania was one of 55 “S” class destroyers built for the British Admiralty under the Emergency Shipbuilding Program of World War I. She commissioned into the Royal Navy (RN) as HMS Tasmania in January 1919. She was not long in commission, however, when she and her sister ships, Stalwart, Success, Swordsman, and Tattoo, along with the flotilla leader, Anzac, were gifted to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as replacements for the RAN’s obsolete River class destroyers.
She recommissioned into the RAN as HMAS Tasmania at Devonport on 27 January 1920 under the command of Lieutenant Commander H.O. Joyce, RN. She sailed for Australia on 20 February in company with Success, Swordsman and Tattoo, and arrived in Sydney on 29 April via Gibraltar, Malta, Port Said, Suez, Aden, Bombay, Colombo, Singapore, Sourabaya and Thursday Island.
Post-war cuts to defence spending saw a number of RAN vessels decommissioned and Tasmania was one of those affected. She decommissioned at Sydney on 6 October 1921 and placed into reserve. She recommissioned in September 1922 and, except for a visit to New Guinea in June-July 1924, served the remainder of her seagoing career in eastern and southern Australian waters. She decommissioned again on 9 January 1928 and placed into reserve. She was eventually sold for breaking up on 4 June 1937.