Allied Warships

HMAS Swan (L 74 / U 74)

Sloop of the Grimsby class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantL 74 / U 74 
Built byCockatoo Docks and Engineering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) 
Ordered2 Jan 1935 
Laid down1 May 1935 
Launched28 Mar 1936 
Commissioned21 Jan 1937 
End service20 Sep 1962 

Decommissioned on 20 September 1962.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 5 June 1964.


Commands listed for HMAS Swan (L 74 / U 74)

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1Lt.Cdr. Edward James Prevost, RN1 Sep 193914 May 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Alan Jeger Travis, RAN15 May 19408 Jul 1942
3Cdr. George Carmichael Oldham, RAN9 Jul 194218 Sep 1943
4Lt.Cdr. Andrew Veitch Bunyan, RANR(S)19 Sep 194315 Sep 1944
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. Douglas Winston Hodges, RANR(S)15 Sep 194417 Nov 1944

6Lt. William John Dovers, RAN10 Feb 194515 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Swan include:

23 May 1942
At 1000 hours, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and HMAS Arunta (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN), turned over the escort of convoy ZK 8 over to HMAS Swan (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Travis, RAN), HMAS Goulburn (Lt. B. Paul, RANR(S)) and HMAS Cessnock (A/Lt.Cdr. T.S. Marchington, RANR(S)).

HrMs Tromp and HMAS Arunta then reversed course to return to Sydney. (1)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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