Geoff White: Ship’s Bell

Posted on: Mon 26 Nov 2018

Geoff tells us the significance of War Ships’ Bells.

Producer Helen Meyer

Photo: Ships Bell – HMAS Parramatta.     Parramatta was the first vessel laid down for the Australian Commonwealth Naval Forces. Built in the United Kingdom and commissioned in September 1910, she reached Australia in November in the company of her sister ship HMAS Yarra. Following the outbreak of war in August 1914, Parramatta took part in operations against the German Pacific colonies. She landed men as part of the force ordered to take the German wireless station at Bitapaka and captured two small German vessels. Parramatta subsequently carried out further patrol operations in New Guinea waters in company with HMA Ships Yarra and Warrego.

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