January 29, 2010
One of my wife's ancestors served on HMS Platypus when she was on loan to the Royal Navy in WW1.
We were looking to buy a photo or print of the ship - as HMAS Platypus.
Can you direct me to anybody who may have either a photo or print for sale?
By chance, my Father joined the RAN in London in 1919, and came to Australia in the J class Submarine J2 being towed all the way by HMAS Platypus.
I wrote this Monograph and Platypus is shown here with the 6 J class Submarines.
Submarine Depot Ship HMAS Platypus with the Flotilla of the 6 J Class Submarines
The monograph is on my AHOY website at URL:
"AE 1, AE 2, and J Class Submarines in The Royal Australian Navy"
HMAS Platypus (I) Statistics
HMAS Platypus (I)
Type Submarine Depot Ship
Laid down 14 October 1914
Launched 28 October 1916 by Mrs Fisher, wife of the Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
Completed March 1917
Builder John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank, Scotland
Commissioned 25 March 1919
Displacement 3,476 tons
Length 325 feet99.06 m
Beam 44 feet13.411 m
Draught 15 feet 8 inches
Armament a.. 1 x 4.7-inch gun
Main Machinery a.. 2 sets of triple expansion
reciprocating steam engines, twin screw
Speed 15½ knots
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