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The small fishing trawler Dureenbee was attacked by twelve shells from Japanese submarine I-175’s 4.7-inch deck gun and its two 13-millimeter machine guns off Moruya on 3 August 1942. The damage led to the 223-ton steamer being abandoned and wrecking ashore at Bateman’s Bay, a total loss. Three of the crew were killed and three injured.

The Dureenbee foundered ashore at the north head of Batemans Bay. The 35.6 metre iron screw steamer was built at the Government Dockyard at Newcastle in 1919.


Site information

Site ID: 1593
Type: Steamer screw Construction: Iron
Primary industry: Sub-industry:
Gross tonnage: 223 Net tonnage: 77
Length (mtrs): 35.66 Beam (mtrs): 6.705
Draft (mtrs): 3.566 Cargo:
Engine: Triple expansion
Country built: AUSTRALIA State built: New South Wales
Port built: Newcastle builder: NSW Government Dockyard
Port registered: Sydney When built: 1919
Registration number: 31/1923 Official number: 151985
Sources: Register of British Shipping SMH 5/8/1942??? RANZ 1937
Comments: Small fishing trawler attacked by a Japanese submarine, I-175, with deck gun fire and machine guns. Driven ashore a wreck.

Lost event

When lost: 1942/08/03 Where lost: Batemans Bay, north head
Wrecked/Refloated: Gunfire Sinking: Torpedoed and machined gunned. Hit rocks
From port: To port:
Master: Owner: Cam & Sons
Crew: Passengers:
Crew deaths: 3 Passenger deaths: 0
Total deaths:


Maximum latitude: -35.72019 Minimum latitude:
Maximum longitude: 150.28304 Minimum longitude:
Datum used:
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Found: Yes Inspected: NO
Protected: Historic shipwrecks act 1976 and heritage act 1977 Jurisdiction: Federal and State
Protection notes:
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