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Vessel Number: HV000395
Date: 1950
Vessel Dimensions: 10.36 m x 10.36 m x 2.67 m x 0.91 m (34 ft x 34 ft x 8.75 ft x 3 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
SAMANTHA is a 34 Ft Survey Motor Boat built at the Garden Island Dockyard in Sydney, NSW and used by the Royal Australian Navy from 1950 to 1972.
DescriptionSmall craft such as this were often attached to larger survey ships where they were carried aboard and launched to operate close inshore and gather data. SAMANTHA was attached to HMAS BARCOO from 1952 to 1956, HMAS WARREGO from 1956 to 1959, and HMAS BARCOO again from 1959 to 1964.

The RAN Hydrographic Service is responsible for surveys and charts around Australia. It is constant work improving the detailed knowledge of the long coastline. The general outline had been recorded in the early 1800s, but earlier surveys needed to be checked and there is always a need for more accurate information, helped along by advances in technology. During World War II, areas often had to be surveyed to assist in planning and executing military operations to regain territory from the Japanese forces in the Pacific, or support ground forces already established in poorly charted locations.

SAMANTHA was bought privately in 1972 when the navy disposed of the vessel, and it has been a recreational motor launch since. In 2010 it retains the exterior configuration and general layout of its time as a Survey Motor Boat, with an extension of the cabin top aft over the whole cockpit.
Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Deck layout:cabin
Deck layout:decked with cockpit
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:launch deadwood
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:skeg rudder
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV
Related materials:drawings
Related materials:plans
Related materials:references
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
Byzantine ships:ships:ships:ship:wheelhouse
Additional Titles

Primary title: Samantha

Previous title: Geranium

Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: YG532N

: No 1393

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