Shipping & Shipbuilding News -  19 December 2008- The Brightest Maritime Daily

Submarine fails to sell on Ebay
No buyers for ex HMAS HMAS OTAMA ...

We carried an article on the HMAS OTAMA recently, ( qv - Scottish-built submarine for sale on Ebay ) which was put up for sale on Ebay at a fixed price of $4.9 million (AUS).

Unfortunately no buyers were found for the boat, built at Scott's of Greenock in the seventies.

Max Bryant, West Port Oberon Association president told ABC that although there were no sale made through the online channel, he still expects the sub to stay in Australian waters,

"The expressions of interest are from Werribee, from St Kilda Marina, from Frankston council and from Grafton and Bundaberg," he said.

HMAS OTAMA is 297 feet long and has a tonnage of 2186 tons. After six years lay up she is in a pretty poor state but nonetheless, she is a complete submarine with all of her original features intact. A piece of Australian naval, and Scottish shipbuilding, history.

She was launched on the 3rd December 1975 at the Scottish shipyard in Inverclyde by Princess Anne.

The boat was withdrawn from service in 2000 and is the last of the famous Oberon class. She arrived at Western Port Bay in 2002.

Our picture, taken on the 17th December, was provided by Andrew Mackinnon of Melbourne and shows her at lay up near Hasting, Victoria.


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