HMAS Burnie (J 198)
Minesweeper of the Bathurst class
|Navy||The Royal Australian Navy|
|Built by||Morts Dock & Enginering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)|
|Ordered||16 Apr 1940|
|Laid down||4 Jun 1940|
|Launched||25 Oct 1940|
|Commissioned||15 Apr 1941|
|End service||5 Jul 1946|
Decommissioned at Colombo, Ceylon on 5 July 1946 and transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy being renamed Hr.Ms Ceram.
Commands listed for HMAS Burnie (J 198)
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|1||T/Lt. George Edward Gough, RANR(S)||5 Feb 1941||11 Mar 1942|
|2||T/Lt. Terence Christie, RANR(S)||16 Jan 1942|
|3||T/Lt. Terence Christie, RANR(S)||14 Aug 1942|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Bernard Lucien Dechaineux, RANR||8 Jan 1944||13 Dec 1944|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Edwin Max Andrewartha, RANR||13 Dec 1944||Aug 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.(Retd.) 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)
3 Feb 1942
Convoy JS 1.
Convoy from Colombo to Batavia . Departure date: 3 February 1942. Arrival date: 14 February 1942.
This convoy was made up of the following ships; British transports; Adastrus (7905 GRT, built 1923), Alice Moller (4986 GRT, built 1914), Filleigh (4856 GRT, built 1928), Lulworth Hill (7628 GRT, built 1940), Modasa (9070 GRT, built 1921), Prominent (2232 GRT, built 1918) and Yoma (8131 GRT, built 1928).
Norwegian transports Hai Lee (3616 GRT, built 1934) and Hermion (5202 GRT, built 1937).
The Alice Moller had to return to Colombo with defects.
The convoy sailed from Colombo on 3 February 1942 and was escorted initially by the British heavy cruiser HMS Cornwall (Capt. P.C.W. Manwaring, RN) and the Australian minesweepers HMAS Bathurst (Lt.Cdr. A.V. Bunyan, RANR(S)) and HMAS Lismore (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Crawford, RANR(S)).
The Australian minesweepers parted company with the convoy on 5 Februaury. HMS Cornwall was relieved by HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, CBE, RAN) on 10 February in position 05°40'S, 93°00'E.
On 11 Februry 1942, the British heavy cruiser HMS Exeter (Capt. O.L. Gordon, MVO, RN) apparently joined the escort and remained with it until 13 February.
On 13 February 1942 the convoy was split up and the Filleigh Lulworth Hill, Yoma, Hai Lee and Hermion arrived at Oosthaven, Sumatra. They were escorted by HMAS Hobart and HMIS Jumna. HMIS Jumna remained at Oosthaven to provide A/S protection for that port together with the Australian minesweepers HMAS Goulburn (Lt. B. Paul, RANR(S)) and HMAS Burnie (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.E. Gough, RANR(S)).
The other ships of the convoy, the Adastrus, Modasa, and Prominent arrived at Batavia on 14 February 1942 escorted by HMS Electra. (2)
- Files 2.12.03.6849 and 126.96.36.199 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 199/426
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.