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kongman
09-01-2007, 07:38 AM
i am a volunteer at the queensland maritime museum and we recently got our dry dock repaired (so it is dry now) ,we have a river class frigate in out dry dock HMAS diamantina


Technical Details:http://www.maritimemuseum.com.au/Collections/Images/diamantinadotjpg (http://www.maritimemuseum.com.au/Images/diamantinadotjpg)

Commissioned 27/04/45
Displacement: 1420 tons standard, 2220 tons full load
Length Overall: 301 ft 6 in (91.36m)
Beam: 36 ft 6 in (11.06m)
Draft: 12 ft (3.6m)
Machinery: 2 x 4 Cylinder Triple Expansion Steam Engines of 2750 I.H.P. each.
2 Water Tube Boilers, Twin Screw.
Speed 19/20 knots.
Armament: 2 x 4 in. H.A./L.A. Guns.
3 x 40mm Bofors A.A.
10 x 20mm Oerlikon A.A.Diamantina served in New Guinea and Solomon Island waters during the latter part of World War 2 and the surrenders of Japanese forces at Nauru and Ocean Islands were signed on board.

these are some of the photos or the hull gettin some TLC


http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n255/kongman27/d1dotjpg

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kongman
09-01-2007, 07:40 AM
damit why did it stack vertically ..oh welll .....as you can see the hull is comin along quiet well..........:roll::roll:

[DVDF]Merlin
09-01-2007, 07:52 AM
Wonderful pics thanks:).

kongman
09-01-2007, 07:54 AM
thx will get some more later.....some from inside

albion
09-01-2007, 08:05 AM
kongman thank you!

Fantastic pictures. Please post more as you get them. What are the plans for her will she come out of dry dock eventually?

Any chance of a bit of history of the old girl.

kongman
09-01-2007, 08:14 AM
she is a museum piece now and forever more history

She paid off to Reserve in August, 1948. After reconstruction she recommissioned on 22 June, 1959 as a Survey and Oceanographic Research vessel. One result of this work was the discovery, in 1961, of the deepest place in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Western Australia. This sea trench is named the Diamantina Trench in her honour.
Diamantina acted as Escort Vessel for the Royal Yacht Britannia during the Queen's tour of Australia in March 1963.
Diamantina paid off in Sydney on 28 February, 1980 and was laid up pending disposal.
In September 1980, Diamantina was presented to the Queensland Maritime Museum and steamed to Brisbane in October of that year, being placed in the Dry Dock at South Brisbane.
Her significance to World War 2 maritime history is immense:

She is one of only 2 surviving World War 2 veterans in the world upon which surrenders were signed
She is the only survivor of a class of some 140 ships which saw extensive and successful service as convoy escorts in the Atlantic
She is the largest World War 2 ship surviving in Australia

Paddy51
09-01-2007, 09:02 AM
Very interesting. Thank you.

oldsoak
09-01-2007, 02:00 PM
those props are gleamin' !
- was she Canadian or Brit built ? - I've got 57 built in the UK, the rest in Canadian yards. As she was built to commercial standards, she could be built in any commercial yard that could handle her. I dont have any numbers for Aussie builds, if any. The Brits laid up most of the Rivers after the war, the Canucks carried on using them. They were the first class of ship to be called Frigate in the modern Royal Navy.

Evolv5
09-01-2007, 03:21 PM
Thanks a lot for the pics and information. Good luck with the restoration work (or whatever you call it) :)

kongman
09-01-2007, 05:49 PM
its an aussie ship i think shes the only one left.....

~Griff~
09-01-2007, 07:14 PM
those props are gleamin' !
- was she Canadian or Brit built ? - I've got 57 built in the UK, the rest in Canadian yards. As she was built to commercial standards, she could be built in any commercial yard that could handle her. I dont have any numbers for Aussie builds, if any. The Brits laid up most of the Rivers after the war, the Canucks carried on using them. They were the first class of ship to be called Frigate in the modern Royal Navy.

According to Wiki: HMAS Diamantina was laid down by Walkers Ltd. Maryborough, Queensland on 12 April 1943. Launched 6 April 1944 and commissioned at Hervey Bay, Queensland 27 April 1945 under Commander G.M. Rose

~Griff~
09-01-2007, 07:34 PM
Looking into it a little deeper, there seems to be one ex-RCN River class ship still sailing around out there. It seems Aristotle Onassis, the Greek shipping magnate, bought the ex-RCN River class Frigate, H.M.C.S. Stormont and converted it into a luxury yacht. It's now owned by Greek shipowner John Paul Papanicolaou who restored her and renamed her Chistina O. This ship can be chartered if you have the cash or connections.

http://http://www.charterworld.com/index.html?sub=yacht-charter&charter=luxury-yacht-christina-o-691

drakegoodman
09-02-2007, 12:35 AM
Locked in for regular updates. Lookin' good thus far bris.

A handy reference for other vessels of the class can be found here:

Uboat.net (http://uboat.net/allies/warships/class.html?ID=5)

D.G.