General Question 015

What is the name of the ship, where did it berth and when?

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Answer: HMS Philomel berthing at Queens Wharf, Wellington, on 16 March 1917 after returning from wartime service overseas. When the ship docked for maintenance in Bombay (Mumbai) earlier that year, it was discovered that major repairs were needed to her deck and hull. Rather than undertake this expensive work, the Royal Navy detached the ship from its fleet and sent it back to New Zealand. A guard of 50 corporals from the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, as well as several VIPs, greeted New Zealand’s first warship when it arrived in Wellington. Once back in New Zealand waters, Philomel served as a stationary depot ship then as a training and accommodation facility at Devonport naval base, Auckland.

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8 Responses to General Question 015

  1. John Bullock says:

    HMS Philomel berthing at Queens Wharf, Wellington, on 16 March 1917 after returning from wartime service overseas. When the ship docked for maintenance in Bombay (Mumbai) earlier that year, it was discovered that major repairs were needed to its deck and hull. Rather than undertake this expensive work, the Royal Navy detached the ship from its fleet and sent it back to New Zealand. A guard of 50 corporals from the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, as well as several VIPs, greeted New Zealand’s first warship when it arrived in Wellington. Once back in New Zealand waters, Philomel served as a stationary depot ship then as a training and accommodation facility at Devonport naval base, Auckland.

  2. Rick Fearnley says:

    H.M.S. Veronica, Napier, 1931.

  3. Merv Grewar says:

    HMS New Zealand – philomel

  4. Casper says:

    HMS Philomel berthing at Queens Wharf, Wellington, on 16 March 1917 after returning from wartime service overseas

  5. albert cross says:

    HMS Philomel. 1914. German Samoa (Q) why are the troops standing rigidly to attention whilst the brass are all wandering around like Brown’s cows ?.

  6. Ray Newport says:

    Question 015
    Is HMS PHILOMEL about to berth at the Ferry Wharf Wellington April 1917 after seeing and on
    the 19th April 1917 was paid off. Recommissioning the following day with a reduced crew ships was then stripped of her armourment which was used on merchant ships she acted as a depot
    ship for the minesweepers clearing mine laid by the German Raider “Wolf” of Farewell Spit.

  7. Charles Conroy says:

    HMNZS PHILOMEL Berthing at Wellington on her return in 1917 from war service overseas

  8. peter smith says:

    HMS Philomel berthing at the Ferry Wharf in Wellington on March 16

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