SINKING OF THE SHIP "HMAS
IN DARWIN HARBOUR ON 19 FEBRUARY 1942
DURING A JAPANESE AIR ATTACK ON DARWIN
The 19-ton Channel Patrol Boat, "HMAS Mavie, was attacked by Japanese aircraft as it laid at anchor near the Stokes Hill wharf in Darwin Harbour in the Northern Territory on 19 February 1942. This was the first major air raid on Darwin. It was followed by another air raid later that same day.
"Mavie" was sunk by a near miss Japanese bomb. She sunk while alongside HMAS Platypus in Darwin Harbour. No lives were lost on "Mavie"
The lugger (wooden schooner) "Mavis" was seized from its owner Jiro Muramatsu, a Japanese alien, and requisitioned by the Royal Australian Navy for War Service on 12 December 1941. It was commissioned for service at Darwin as a Channel Patrol boat on 31 December 1941.
HMAS Mavie's visual callsign was "FY22". She was 38 feet 6 inches long and had a beam of 11 feet 11 inches. She was built at Fremantle in Western Australia in 1903.
"Mavie" was completely salvaged in 1959 and 1960 when the Fujita Salvage Company salvaged the "Neptuna".
She was owned by a Japanese alien, requisitioned by the RAN and then sunk by the Japanese 50 days later and then salvaged by the Japanese 17 years later!!
"Wrecks in Darwin Waters"
by Tom Lewis
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