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HMS Osiris 11


Sharron B
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Hi! Can anyone help?

My Grandfather ( Albert John Powley - born in Tazmania ), was on the transport ship Camoens in 1917, he then joined the British Navy and after training at "Crystal Palace" which included a Gunnery Course, he was drafted into the Minesweeping Fleet and joined the minesweeper William Muir, which was torpedoed in July 1918. After recovering from his injuries he was sent aboard HMS Osiris 11, where he remained until two months after the Armistice was signed. He then left for Sydney aboard the naval dredge Kaione, from where he obtained his discharge and returned home.

If anyone can help with Details or Pictures of any of these vessels, or can help me locate his Service Records, I would be most grateful, as I feel like I'm running around in the dark.

Thank You

Sharron B.

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Sharron,

Welcome to the forum, Her Majestys Paddle Minesweeper William Muir was a Forth Ferry sailing from Burntisland to Ganton, heres a picture.

http://website.lineone.net/~tom_lee/williammuir.htm

Cannot find a reference to her being torpedoed one of the submarine experts may know more.

Her Majestys Trawler Osiris II was an Auxiliary Patrol ship.

Regards Charles

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Sharron,

See also http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/0_a/0_around_e...illiam_muir.htm

Charles is right -- there's no conventional attribution to the William Muir being torpedoed, at least being torpedoed by a submarine. That absolutely doesn't mean it didn't happen though -- there's no published list that I'm aware of Royal Navy ships damaged by enemy action (sunk, sure, damaged no) -- and the official history of the German submarine operations for 1918 was only being researched in 1940 or so, when exchange of information would rather obviously have been a problem. I also can't rule out some sort of destroyer or torpedo boat action. Obviously any other details you might have would help nail this case down.

Best wishes,

Michael

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Sharron

There seems to be the promise of a photo of the Dredge KAIONE (Built 1915) and indicating it was taken in 1939 on http://www.rapidttp.co.za/museum/jmmc/jmmck.html

There is another reference to this vessel giving the Wanganui Harbour Board as it's owner (still ?) at

http://nzmaritimeindex.org.nz/index.htm

Best wishes

Sotonmate

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Sharron

There seems to be the promise of a photo of the Dredge KAIONE (Built 1915) and indicating it was taken in 1939 on http://www.rapidttp.co.za/museum/jmmc/jmmck.html

There is another reference to this vessel giving the Wanganui Harbour Board as it's owner (still ?) at

http://nzmaritimeindex.org.nz/index.htm

Best wishes

Sotonmate

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Thank You, for your responses Joseph and Michael.

My information comes from a local newspaper story, which was written after my grandfather returned home to Western Australia.

I am not sure how to send you a copy of the article, as this is all new to me.

Many Thanks for the information you have provided, I will follow it up.

Regards

Sharron B.

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Hello

As a note, there are no deaths in WILLIAM MUIR during the war.

All best

don

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Sharron

There seems to be the promise of a photo of the Dredge KAIONE (Built 1915) and indicating it was taken in 1939 on http://www.rapidttp.co.za/museum/jmmc/jmmck.html

There is another reference to this vessel giving the Wanganui Harbour Board as it's owner (still ?) at

http://nzmaritimeindex.org.nz/index.htm

Best wishes

Sotonmate

Thank you Sotonmate,

I am trying to order a copy if possible.

Regards

Sharron B.

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Hi Charles,

You gave me a lead on Osiris 11 being one of " Her Majesty's Trawlers",

and was also an " Auxiliary Patrol Ship ".

Unfortunately I have not been able to find any of this information, and I wondered

if you could tell me where you found it?

Regards

Sharron B.

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Hello Don,

Thank you for your input.

According to the information I have, the minesweeper William Muir

was torpedoed by a submarine on July 5th 1918, grandad was

wounded in the hand badly enough to be sent to hospital, but there

is no mention of the vessel being sunk, or of any deaths.

Regards

Sharron B.

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Hi Sharron,

the logbook for auxiliary minesweeper WILLIAM MUIR for 05.07.1918 is held at the TNA:

reference ADM 53 - 68676 (logbook from 15.06.18 - 15.08.18)

Anyone who's next should have a look there in order to found out the location of this incident and if it realy was an torpedo, mine or else... :-)

It could be, that your grandfather is recorded by name in the logbook as "wounded".

Oliver

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Hi Oliver,

Thanks for the lead, I will check it out.

The following is a copy of the article I have been following up.

Regards

Sharron B.

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Hi Sharron,

was at TNA for one week in the middle of September, had an look into "William Muir"'s logbook:

ADM 53/68676

The vessel was at Sheerness Dockyard on 05.07.1918, no torpedodamage reported even before that date!!!

There's an complete crew-list on the first page of the logbook, but as I hadn't the name of your Grandfather at hand, I'm not sure if he's listed there, sorry :(

Probably his injury was on an later date OR it was not caused by an attack but by accident instead ???

Best regards

Oliver

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