HMAS Penguin

New South Wales

HMS Encounter was a Challenger class protected cruiser laid down by Devonport Dockyard in Janaury 1901. She was launched in June 1902 and was commissioned three years later. She was assigned to the Royal Navy Australian Squadron, and six years later transferred to the newly formed Royal Australian Navy. Under The Great War 1914 to 1918 she was used as a convoy escort and patrol boat. She was transferred to the Reserves in 1920 and renamed to HMAS Penguin, and nine years later stricken from the Navy lists. She was deliberately scuttled outside Blondi Beach 14. September 1932. The remains of Penguin rest today on a depth of 73 meters.

Former names:
HMAS Penguin
HMS Encounter, HMAS Enounter
376,2 56,2 x 21,2 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
5880 displ ( std )
Devonport ( UK ) 1902
( AU )

Picture: HMAS Penguin
Courtesy of Royal Australian Navy, Public domain

Picture: The wreck of HMAS Penguin
From video by Stephen Ho Scuba

Last updated: February 2021