Allied Warships

HMAS Gympie (J 238)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantJ 238 
Built byEvans Deakin Ltd. (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) 
Ordered24 Sep 1940 
Laid down27 Aug 1941 
Launched30 Jan 1942 
Commissioned4 Nov 1942 
End service 

Sold to be broken up for scrap in January 1961.


Commands listed for HMAS Gympie (J 238)

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1Lt.Cdr. Charles William John Patterson, RANROct 194228 May 1943
2Lt.Cdr. (emergency) Richard Terence Power, RAN29 May 194310 Aug 1943
3T/Lt.Cdr. Raymond Rowsell, RNZNR10 Aug 1943Sep 1944
4A/Lt.Cdr. Norman Arthur Kingsbury Wallis, RANVRSep 1944Oct 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Gympie include:

11 Aug 1944

Convoy BG 8.

Around 1800K/11, this convoy left Langemak Bay for Humboldt Bay.

The convoy was made up of the transports; Extavia (American, 6535 GRT, built 1941), Owen Summers (American, 7180 GRT, built 1943), Thomas Nelson (American, 7191 GRT, built 1942), Thomas W. Symons (American, 7176 GRT, built 1943) and William Ellery Channing (American, 7176 GRT, built 1942).

On departure from Langemak Bay the convoy was escorted by the minesweeper HMS Gympie (T/Lt.Cdr. R. Rowsell, RNZNR). The patrol vessel USS SC-737 (?) was to have sailed with the convoy but had been delayed and was unable to sail with the convoy. She later sailed to overtake and join the convoy which she did around 0035K/12.

Around 1300K/12, the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. J.S. Mesley, RAN) and minesweeper HMAS Katoomba (T/Lt. J.A. Grant, RANR(S)) joined the convoy coming from Madang as additional escorts.

The convoy arrived at Humboldt Bay around 0800K/14. (1)

10 Jul 1945
During 10 and 11 July 1945, HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN), conducted exercises off Fremantle with HMS Gympie (A/Lt.Cdr. N.A.K. Wallis, RANVR). These included night exercises. (2)


  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Gympie for August 1944 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for August 1944
  2. ADM 173/19759

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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