HMAS TORRENS being used as target practice

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Where: S Head Heritage Trail, Watsons Bay NSW 2030, Australia

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When: 24 November 1930

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Having served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1916, latterly as a training platform for the Naval Reserve, HMAS TORRENS I was decommissioned and prepared as a target for Fleet Gunnery Practice. On 24 November 1930 Samuel J Hood, who was probably on board HMAS ANZAC, photographed the sinking of TORRENS off Sydney Heads. HMAS ALBATROSS is in the background.

This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Samuel J. Hood Studio Collection. Sam Hood (1872-1953) was a Sydney photographer with a passion for ships. His 72-year career spanned the romantic age of sail and two world wars. The photos in the collection were taken mainly in Sydney and Newcastle during the first half of the 20th century.

Photographer: Samuel J. Hood Studio Collection

Object no. 00024992


Owner: Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
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    • 12/May/2010 03:15:47

    Wonderful photo. The ship in the background is the [unique] seaplane carrier HMAS Albatross, a vessel built at Cockatoo Island Dockyard, laid down in April 1926, launched by Lady Stonehaven, wife of the Governor General and commissioned on January 23, 1929. Known as 'Australia's first aircraft carrier' she was also armed with four 4.7 inch guns, which are what would been being used for the target practice here. Further details of this ship are widely available, and ANMM will have them in your own records. With her RAN service affected by the Great Depression, she was transferred to the Royal Navy as part-payment for the cruiser HMAS Hobart [ex-HMS Apollo] in 1938, and had a significant career with the Royal Navy during WWII. Became the migrant ship Hellenic Prince after WWII, and finally scrapped at Hong Kong in 1954.

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    Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons

    • 17/Oct/2011 23:21:21

    Thanks for your comment Kookaburra2011. We have updated our records accordingly.