SMS KONIGSBERG, (light cruiser), was destroyed in the Rufigi River, East Africa. HMAS PIONEER participated in the action.
The Department of the Navy was created as a separate portfolio, and remained so until 1921. Mr G. L. Macandie, a long serving naval public servant, became the Secretary of the Department. He had previously been VADM Creswell’s principal administrative assistant from 1903 until 1914, and was also the Secretary of the Naval Board from 1914 until 1946. In 1950 he published “The Genesis of the Royal Australian Navy” which was a detailed guide to early RAN policy and administration.