Montrose Shipyard, Scotland Launched:
6 October 1953 Commissioned:
28 September 1954
Sold to Australia
12 August 1962 Decommissioned:
30 April 1990 Honours and awards:
Battle honours: Malaysia 1964–66
Sold on 17 June 1991
General characteristics Class and type:
Ton-class minesweeper Displacement:
440 tons Length:
152 ft (46 m) Beam:
28 ft (8.5 m) Draught:
8 ft (2.4 m) Propulsion:
Originally Mirrlees diesel, later Napier Deltic, producing 3,000 shp (2,200 kW) on each of two shafts Speed:
15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) Complement:
HMAS was a Curlew (M 1121) Ton-class minesweeper operated by the Royal Navy (as HMS ) from 1953 to 1961, and the Chediston Royal Australian Navy from 1962 to 1991. During her Australian service, the ship operated off Malaysia during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation during the mid-1960s, then was modified for use as a minehunter. Delays in bringing a replacement class into service kept Curlew operational until 1990, and she was sold into civilian service in 1991.
The minesweeper was built by the Montrose Shipyard in Scotland,
launched on 6 October 1953, and commissioned into the Royal Navy on 28 September 1954 as HMS Chediston.
Between August 1955 and October 1957, the ship was attached to Tay Division of the
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. After October 1957, the ship was placed in storage. 
The ship was one of six sold to the
Royal Australian Navy for A£5.5 million in 1961.  Chediston was modified for tropical conditions, and commissioned on 12 August 1962 as HMAS Curlew. 
During the mid-1960s,
Curlew was one of several ships operating in support of the Malaysian government during the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation. This service was later recognised with the battle honour "Malaysia 1964–66". 
In the late 1960s,
Curlew and sister ship were modified for use as Snipe minehunters.
Curlew inspected the wreck of Japanese submarine . I-124
Decommissioning and fate
The delay in bringing the
Bay class minehunters into service kept Curlew operational until 1990.  Curlew paid off on 30 April 1990 and was sold on 17 June 1991. In the late 1990s she appeared in the movies  Paradise Road and The Thin Red Line.
As of mid-2003,
Curlew was operating out of Port Huon, Tasmania as a fishing vessel. The ship was later used for accommodation at Port Huon. 
In April 2018 she was purchased for $1. Her new owner intends to use the ship as a floating backpacker hostel in
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