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HMAS Castlemaine, Melbourne

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HMAS Castlemaine (J244/M244/A248), named for the city of Castlemaine, Victoria, was one of 60 Bathurst-class corvettes constructed during World War II, and one of 36 initially crewed and commissioned solely by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
Launched in 1941 and commissioned in 1942, Castlemaine operated during World War II in the waters of Australia, New Guinea, and Timor. She remained in service until 1945, when she was decommissioned into reserve and converted into an immobilised training ship. In 1973, Castlemaine was presented to the Maritime Trust of Australia for conversion to a museum ship. She is one of two surviving examples of the Bathurst class, the other being HMAS Whyalla.
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  • A magnificent surviving piece of Australian maritime history. A floating museum full of memorabilia that you can explore. The knowledgeable & friendly volunteers will answer any questions, give you a....  more
    A magnificent surviving piece of Australian maritime history. A floating museum full of memorabilia that you can explore. The knowledgeable & friendly volunteers will answer any questions, give you a....  more »
  • The HMAS Castlemine was built in the Williamstown Naval Dockyard, walking distance from where she is now permanently moored, HMAS Castlemaine is a corvette, the smallest class of ocean-going... 
    The HMAS Castlemine was built in the Williamstown Naval Dockyard, walking distance from where she is now permanently moored, HMAS Castlemaine is a corvette, the smallest class of ocean-going...  more »
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  • This is a great historical museum that has been well maintained by a Maritime Trust of Australia local branch. It was open on the day I attended, ANZAC day, and is well worth the time if you are in the area. Its a World War Two corvette built in Melbourne, 1942. It has been docked at the Gem Pier Williamstown for a long period of time. There are public toilets near by
  • Very well restored corvette/ minesweeper ship. Great for exploring and experiencing life on a ww2 boat. So many details and informative guides. Would highly recommend a visit!

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