2017-06-07 12:29:41 UTC
I'm still reading on Capt. Cook and his exploring,
and in one of many side reads, found this:
"HMAS Wyatt Earp (formerly known as FV Fanefjord, MV Wyatt Earp,
and HMAS Wongala) was a motor vessel commissioned into the Royal
Australian Navy (RAN) from 1939 to 1945 and again from 1947 to 1948.
Displacement: 408 tonnes (402 tons)
Length: 41.3 m (135 ft)
Beam: 8.9 m (29 ft)
While being a motorised vessel, her masts and booms normally used for
cargo handling were capable of being rigged for sailing in an emergency.
She was purchased by the American explorer and aviator, Lincoln
Ellsworth, for his 1933 Antarctic expedition, refitted and sheathed with
oak and armour plate, and renamed Wyatt Earp after the marshal of Dodge
City and Tombstone, Arizona. Wyatt Earp was used on four of Ellsworth's
Antarctic expeditions between 1933 and 1939, primarily as a base ship
for his aircraft.
purchased from Ellsworth by the Government of Australia and handed over
to the RAN, --- In September 1939, it was decided to rename her
Boomerang, but the name was already in use by another Australian vessel.
Instead, the ship was commissioned on 25 October 1939 as Wongala, an
Australian Aborigine word meaning boomerang. ---
Federal Government was considering renewing Antarctic exploration. The
Association was requested to return the vessel, which was inspected to
determine her suitability for conversion to an Antarctic exploration
vessel. The conversion was approved, and in June 1947, prior to her
impending voyage to the Antarctic, it was decided to recommission the
ship under the name she had used during her previous visits to the
Antarctic with explorer Lincoln Ellsworth. The ship was recommissioned
on 17 November 1947 at Port Adelaide as HMAS Wyatt Earp. ---
After loading, including an OS2U Kingfisher amphibian of the Royal
Australian Air Force ---."