Allied Warships

HMAS Adele (FY 089)

Armed Yacht

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
TypeArmed Yacht
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 089 
Built byHawthorns (Leith, Scotland, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched18 Oct 1906 
Lost7 May 1943 

Displacement: 288 tons.
Completed in November 1906.
Requisitioned by the Admiralty on 18 September 1939.
Served as examination ship.

Wrecked off Port Kembla, New South Wales, Australia on 7 May 1943.


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Notable events involving Adele include:

Franklin is remembered in the naming of two other sail training yachts associated with the RAN College a yacht in the 1960s and 1970s, which took part in several Sydney to Hobart races, and a 25 meter Hunter yacht acquired in 2005. (1)

14 Sep 1915
On 14 September 1915 the Yacht Adele was commissioned into the RAN as HMAS Franklin, named after Rear Admiral Sir John Franklin. She served as a tender to the Royal Australian Naval College. (1)

18 Sep 1922
Franklin was decommissioned on 18 September 1922 and gifted to the Administrator of Papua-New Guinea, serving there until 1929. (1)

24 Oct 1939
On 24 October 1939, Adele was requisitioned by the Royal Australian Navy as HMAS Adele. She was armed with two machine guns and employed as an examination vessel. From December 1941, she was attached to HMAS Maitland. (1)

7 May 1943
On 7 May 1943, Adele struck the breakwater at Port Kembla and was subsequently declared a total loss. The wreck of Adele is protected under the New South Wales Heritage Act, 1977. (1)


  1. Personal communication

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