The torpedo boat destroyer, HMAS Parramatta, was born of political expediency and twenty years later was saved from scuttling by political expediency. The first ship built for the Royal Australian
HMAS Huon I
THE HISTORY OF WORLD naval aviation began, tentatively, in the lighter-than-air era. As far back as November 1861, during the American Civil War, the Union Army Ã¢â‚¬â€œ employing maritime techniques Ã¢â‚¬â€œ released the Washington balloon from a remodelled coal barge, the G.W. Parke Curtis, to observe the enemy at BuddÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ferry.
Relics of SMS Emden bask in the sunshine on the lawn of HMAS Penguin at Balmoral, Sydney. The principal relic is one of the German cruiser’s ten 4 1 inch
HMAS HUON, (torpedo boat destroyer), was sunk as a target, off Sydney Heads, by HMA Ships AUSTRALIA and CANBERRA, (cruisers).
HMAS Huon paid off into Reserve at Sydney. Without being again brought back into service, Huon was sunk by gunfire as a target off Sydney on 10 April 1931.