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YES -- it was HMAS Shoalhaven.
Some didn't spot it, some did -- and
implied that I'd tried to hoodwink
Whatever, a goodly number of correct
returns correctly identified Miss October
II. First in was a very prompt but slightly
incorrect ADFA student, MIDN Jeremy
Baumgarten, who says: "It became obvi-
ous early that she is a World War II era
River Class frigate, however, aside from
that I could not identify any other unique
traits. That was until I noticed what
appeared to be the four air intakes amid-
ships, in particular the fact that three are
facing forward whereas the stbd aft one is
facing the stern.
"Upon investigating this further and
with the assistance of a book by ship-
wright LEUT Vince Fazio about HMAS
Condamine (F698), I discovered that in
fact these air intakes were able to be con-
figured in any number of directions. So
now I cannot provide any real backing up
for this claim, but simply due to the fact
that it is the only River class frigate with
a publication about it that I could find, I
will say that Miss October II is HMAS
Sorry Jeremy, you backed the wrong
An early entry from Mark Edmiston
had Miss October II identified as HMAS
Murchison. So did Harry Goodall.
Mike 'the now 83-year-old salt'
reckons she's HMAS Hawkesbury and
denizen of the hottest city in the south,
Adelaide, Dave Rickard reckons (for
once incorrectly) that she's HMAS
Sorry gentlemen -- all wrong.
First in with the correct answer
was TS Tobruk's SBLT Steve Dunne,
The correct identity of Miss
October II was no problem to him
or to 12 other mystery shippers --
in order received, ex-RO 'Sandy'
McNab, ex-RANR Reg Bonney,
SQNLDR Jimbo Stewart, CMDR
Dave Goble, Gordon Branch, Tony
Woodland, John Partington, LCDR
Derek Williams, ex-CPOUC Rob
Sweet, Mark Edmistone, Mark
Biega and Brian Holden.
Congratulations gentlemen all.
As Sandy said: "When I first
saw this photo with the matelot up
for'ard appearing to be adjusting
something on the flag staff, my ini-
tial reaction was 'I am sure we have
identified her recently as HMAS
Shoalhaven', with Vic Jeffrey identi-
fying her as 'arriving at Fremantle',
whereas in my reference book,
Australian Seapower series profile
No.6 Frigates, the same photo is cap-
tioned as her 'arriving in Melbourne,
October 1949'. You may recall your
recent explanation of the photo
image being reversed so it pointed
inboard on the page, as several of us
noted the image as published was at
variance to our research. I believe
the mystery Miss October II photo is
indeed HMAS Shoalhaven/VMFX/
Sandy definitely has my number
but was polite enough to avoid a
suggestion that I had deliberately
repeated Miss August.
John Partington spotted the rep-
etition: "I think you have given us
the negative of Miss August, flotilla
leader HMAS Shoalhaven. The fun-
nel gives her away again."
And so did Mark Edmistone and
ExCPOUC Rob Sweet.
As Mark says: "She is the same
ship as Miss August but a mirror
image. As indicated in your column
of the Navy News dated September
3, you reversed the image (or in
your words, flipped the image hori-
Gordon Branch can claim credit
for the heading on this page when
he says: "I now see Miss October II
is Miss August laterally transposed.
Does that make her Nevahlaohs
And ex-CPOUC Sweet says: "I
feel you may have set a trap."
No Rob. Trying to deceive with
malice aforethought? How could
you think it of me?
'Twas merely an innocent mis-
take, Your Worship, caused by fail-
ing to transfer the original image
from the 'new' to 'used' folder.
I've since fixed it and will be a
bit more attentive in future.
Now, have a look at Miss
November -- the caption says: Silent
ships -- ships in reserve, Athol Bight,
Sydney: Early 1950s with many
RAN Fleet units laid up postwar.
Among the ships visible are two tank
landing ships, two corvettes, and
the air/sea rescue vessel Air Speed
inboard and dwarfed by two larger
ships. Can you identify these two
ships? Picture and question courtesy
of Vic Jeffery.
Your best efforts at identification
gov.au by December 10 please.
-- LCDR Antony Underwood
MISS NOVEMBER: Can you work it out? They're known as the 'silent ships'.
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