Allied Warships

HMAS Burnie (J 198)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantJ 198 
Built byMorts Dock & Enginering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) 
Ordered16 Apr 1940 
Laid down4 Jun 1940 
Launched25 Oct 1940 
Commissioned15 Apr 1941 
End service5 Jul 1946 

Decommissioned at Colombo, Ceylon on 5 July 1946 and transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy being renamed Hr.Ms Ceram.
Ceram was stricken in 1958.


Commands listed for HMAS Burnie (J 198)

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1T/Lt. George Edward Gough, RANR(S)5 Feb 194111 Mar 1942
2T/Lt. Terence Christie, RANR(S)16 Jan 1942

3T/Lt. Terence Christie, RANR(S)14 Aug 1942

4Lt.Cdr. Bernard Lucien Dechaineux, RANR8 Jan 194413 Dec 1944
5Lt.Cdr. Edwin Max Andrewartha, RANR13 Dec 1944Aug 1945

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Notable events involving Burnie include:

4 Jan 1942
HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN), HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) departed Banten Bay to bolster the escort of convoy BM 9B that was en-route to Singapore. The Dutch ships joined the British convoy around 1300 hours.

The Dutch ships remained with the convoy until 2000/5.

Convoy BM 9B was made up of the following ships; passenger (or in this case troops / cargo ships Madura (8975 GRT, built 1921), Rajput (5521 GRT, built 1925), Risaldar (5407 GRT, built 1940), Jalarajan (5076 GRT, built 1925) and El Madina (3962 GRT, built 1937). They were escorted by the Australian light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, CBE, RAN), the British light cruiser HMS Danae (Capt. F.J. Butler, MBE, RN), the British destroyers HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN), HMS Express (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Cartwright, RN) and HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. (retired) G.R. Pretor-Pinney, RN) and the Australian minesweepers HMAS Goulburn (Lt. B. Paul, RANR(S)) and HMAS Burnie (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.E. Gough, RANR(S)). (1)


  1. Files and (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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