HMAS Allenwood

HMAS Allenwood (FY18) was an auxiliary minesweeper operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) during World War II. She was launched in 1920 by Ernst Wright at Tuncurry, New South Wales, Australia as Allenwood for Allen Taylor and Co. Ltd. The ship operated along the east coast of Australia, and was requisitioned by the RAN on 27 July 1941. She was returned to her owners in 1946 before being wrecked near Norah Head on 14 September 1951.

Allenwood c. 1941, prior to entering naval service
Name: Allenwood
Owner: Allen Taylor and Co. Ltd
Builder: Ernest Wright, Tuncurry, New South Wales
Launched: 1920
Fate: Beached upon Birdie Beach, Munmorah National Park, New South Wales and broken up in situ.
Name: Allenwood
Acquired: 27 July 1941
Commissioned: 16 September 1941
Decommissioned: 31 November 1944
General characteristics
Tonnage: 398 gross tonnage
Length: 147 ft (45 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Depth: 8.2 ft (2 m)

Operational history

Allenwood operated along the east coast of Australia in the coastal trade for Allen Taylor and Co. Ltd. On 16 September 1941, Allenwood was requisitioned by the RAN on 27 July 1941 for use as an auxiliary and fitted out.[1] She was commissioned on 16 September 1941. During the war, Allenwood was based in Sydney. She was decommissioned into reserve on 31 November 1944 and returned to the owner, Allen Taylor & Co Ltd on 1 October 1946.


On 14 September 1951, under the command of Captain Boutrup, Allenwood ran aground on a sandbank at Birdie Beach, Munmorah National Park, north of Norah Head, New South Wales33.202186°S 151.613235°E / -33.202186; 151.613235, in foggy conditions. The vessel could not be removed from the sandbank and was sold for £601 and dismantled in situ.[2]


  1. "On this day: 1941". Naval Historical Society of Australia. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  2. "No Finding on Cause of Wreck". The Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 7 November 1951, p. 5. 7 November 1951. Retrieved 29 March 2011.


  • Gillett, Ross. Australian New Zealand warships, 1914–1945, Doubleday, Sydney, ISBN 0-86824-095-8
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