Section of aluminium from either the Signal Room or Galley : HMAS Hawk

Place Asia: Malaya
Accession Number REL34539
Collection type Technology
Object type Technology
Physical description Aluminium; Ink; Paint
Maker Richards Ironworks Co Ltd
Place made United Kingdom
Date made 1955
Conflict Indonesian Confrontation, 1962-1966

Length of angle (610mm) aluminium with remnants of blue and green paint. There are eleven 10 mm holes drilled through one face at 40 mm apart and 2 x 10 mm holes drilled through the other face. There is some writing on the external face with the eleven holes.

History / Summary

This length of aluminium was taken from HMAS Hawk when the vessel was being broken up at Clarence River (Harwood Island), NSW. HMAS Hawk (M-1139), a Ton class minesweeper built as HMS Gamston for the Royal Navy, was purchased by Australia in 1961 and commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on 18 July 1962. HMAS Hawk was paid off on 7 January 1972. The Hawk saw action with the other Ton class vessels, during the Indonesian Confrontation as part of the 16th, British, Minesweeping Squadron.