HMAS Paluma

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HMAS Paluma
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AWM photo 301137
Name HMAS Paluma
Owner Royal Australian Navy
Builder State Dockyard, Newcastle, NSW
Launched 1946
In service 1946
Out of service 1973
General characteristics
Type Motor Lighter - Survey Vessel
Tonnage 340 tons
Length 120 feet (37m)
Beam 24 feet (7.3m)
Depth 9 feet (2.7m)
Propulsion 2 x diesel engines
Capacity crew of 29


Ordered as a Motor Stores Lighter for the RAN, HMAS Paluma was not completed before the end of the war. Following her completion, she was first known as Motor Stores Lighter 252. In 1958 during a major refit she was converted to be used as a survey vessel for the navy until 1973.

Areas surveyed by her include St Vincent Gulf in South Australia, the Papua New Guinea coast line, and areas of the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns.

Battle Honours

  • New Guinea 1942-43

Crew members