HMAS Coogee

HMAS Coogee was a 762-ton armed patrol vessel/minesweeper of the Royal Australian Navy during the later stages of the First World War.

  • Lancashire Witch (1887–1888)
  • Coogee (1888–1928)
  • New Isle of Man Steam Navigation Company (1887–1888)
  • Huddart Parker (1888–1928)
Builder: J.L. Thompson and Sons, Sunderland
Launched: 1887
Fate: Scrapped and hulk scuttled in 1928
General characteristics
Tonnage: 762 gross tons, 286 net
Length: 225 ft (69 m)
Beam: 30.2 ft (9.2 m)
Draught: 13.5 ft (4.1 m)

She was built by J.L. Thompson and Sons, Sunderland as the Lancashire Witch for the New Isle of Man Steam Navigation Company for between Liverpool and the Isle of Man. She was purchased by Huddart Parker in 1888 and renamed Coogee.

She was requisitioned by the Royal Australian Navy as a minesweeper in Bass Strait and also as an armed patrol vessel on 20 May 1918 as HMAS Coogee. She was returned to her owners in 1919, before being chartered by the Telegraph Department in 1921 to repair damage to the Bass Strait cable.


Coogee was sold for scrap in 1927, her engines were removed and she was scuttled outside Port Phillip Bay in 1928 at 38°18′12″S 144°35′0″E.[1] The wreck is now a popular dive site.[2][3]


  1. Victorian Archaeological Survey, "SS Coogee (1887-1928)" (PDF), Dive Information Sheet, archived from the original (PDF) on 10 April 2011, retrieved 24 January 2012
  2. Department of Planning and Environment, "SS Coogee", Shipwreck dive sites, retrieved 24 January 2012
  3. Milowka, Agnes, My favorite Victorian shipwreck: The scuttled SS Coogee, archived from the original on 16 January 2013, retrieved 24 January 2012
  • Gillett, Ross (1986). Australia's navy : past, present & future. Brookvale, NSW: Child & Henry. ISBN 0-86777-178-X.

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