HMAS Parramatta (U44)

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HMAS Parramatta
Career (Australia (RAN)) Naval Ensign of Australia.svg
Namesake: Parramatta River
Builder: Cockatoo Island Dockyard
Laid down: 9 November 1938
Launched: 10 June 1939
Commissioned: 8 April 1940
Honours and
Battle honours:'
Libya 1941[1][clarification needed]
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk on 27 November 1941 by U-559
General characteristics
Class and type: Grimsby class sloop
Displacement: 1,060 tons (standard), 1,515 tons (full load)
Length: 266 ft (81 m)
Beam: 36 ft (11 m)
Draught: 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
Propulsion: Parsons, steam turbines, 2 shafts. 2,000 shp
Speed: 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h)
Complement: 135
Armament: 3 x QF 4-inch (101.6 mm) Mk XVI Anti-aircraft guns
4 x 3 pounder guns, 1 x MG, 2 x Depth Charge Throwers, 2 x twin tubes for 21 inch torpedoes

HMAS Parramatta (U44), the second ship to bear that name, was a Grimsby class sloop of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) that served during World War II.

She was laid down on 9 November 1938 at the Cockatoo Island Dockyard at Sydney, New South Wales. She was commissioned into the RAN on 8 April 1940 and soon commenced duty as a convoy escort.

Commanded by Commander. J.H. Walker, Parramatta was escorting transports resupplying the Allied garrison at Tobruk, when she was torpedoed and sunk on 27 November 1941 by U-559 in position 32.20N, 24.35E. There were 24 survivors, but 138 men, including all officers, lost their lives.


  1. Festberg, Alfred N. (1981). Heraldry in the Royal Australian Navy. Melbourne, VIC: Silverleaf Publishing. pp. 54–5. ISBN 0949746002. OCLC 9780949746009. 
  • Sea Power Centre Australia - HMAS Parramatta (II)
  • Warships of Australia, Ross Gillett, Illustrations Colin Graham, Rigby Limited, 1977, ISBN 0-7270-0472-7
  • The Price of Admiralty, Paul McGuire, Lieutenant RANVR and Frances M. McGuire, Oxford United Press, 1944.

Coordinates: 32°20′N 24°35′E / 32.333°N 24.583°E / 32.333; 24.583

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