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.
HMAS Swan I
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
The 20th Minesweeping Flotilla, HMA Ships SWAN, YARRA, ORARA, and DOOMBA, commenced operations on the east coast of Australia.
The hulk of HMAS SWAN, (former torpedo boat destroyer), sank during a gale on the Hawkesbury River, NSW. Her sister ship PARRAMATTA was blown ashore onto a mud flat where
The hulls of HMA Ships PARRAMATTA and SWAN, (torpedo boat destroyers), were sold by public auction for £12 each.