HMAS Mercedes was an auxiliary minesweeper of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) between 1942 until 1946. Built in 1913 for the Ocean Steam Ship Co. she was sold to the Straits Steam Ship Co. in 1925. She was requisitioned by the Royal Navy in 1939 and converted into an auxiliary minesweeper and named HMS Medusa. She was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy in 1942 and renamed HMAS Mercedes until she was returned to her owners in 1946. She was sold and was scuttled off Sydney on 23 January 1948.
HMAS Mercedes during her service with the Royal Australian Navy
|Namesake:||the mythical Medusa|
|Operator:||Blue Funnel Line|
|Builder:||Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Company, Hong Kong|
|Fate:||Requisitioned by Royal Navy in 1939|
|Out of service:||1942|
|Fate:||Transferred to Royal Australian Navy in 1942|
|Out of service:||1946|
|Fate:||Returned to owners in 1946, later scuttled off Sydney on 23 January 1948|
|Tonnage:||793 gross tonnes|
|Length:||195 ft 8 in (59.64 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft 7 in (9.63 m)|
|Speed:||10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)|
Construction and design
She plied the Singapore straits as part of the Blue Funnel Line until she was requisitioned in 1939 by the Royal Navy and conversion into an auxiliary minesweeper and commissioned as HMS Medusa. She was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy in 1942 and renamed HMAS Mercedes upon commissioning on 6 July 1942.
- "Mutual Sales". The Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 15 August 1947 p.18. Retrieved 31 March 2011.