Thomas Hartley Smith, RANR(S)

Born  11 May 1917Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died   1991(73)

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1 Jun 1936 Mid.
10 Oct 1938 A/S.Lt.
11 Jan 1940 S.Lt.
20 Mar 1941 Lt.

Retired: 29 May 1945


Warship Commands listed for Thomas Hartley Smith, RANR(S)

HMAS Wollongong (J 172)Lt.Minesweeper8 Mar 1943
HMAS Bathurst (J 158)Lt.Minesweeper2 Sep 194422 Feb 1945

Career information

Thomas Hartley Smith began his maritime career with the company of Burns Philip Ltd operating out of Sydney. His father was the Master of the Burns Philip ship Marsina in the 1920's.

During his service on the HMAS Wollongong, Thomas Hartley Smith was the Executive Officer when the ship was in Singapore. This was at the time the Japanese attacked and captured the island. The Wollongong was the last ship to escape from the port and was bombed several times during the attack.

After the war, he became a ships master for several years. Finally he was appointed as a Torres Strait pilot ferrying ships through the Great Barrier Reef inner route. He retired at the age of 70 years. He had been at sea for a total of 52 years.

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