Raised Deck Cruiser
S.C. Mitchell Esq
19 August 1942
Dimensions & Displacement
Length 35 feet
Beam 10 feet 6 inches
Draught 3 feet 6 inches
Speed 11 knots
Guns 1 x .303 inch Vickers machine gun
Other Armament 2 x Mk VII depth charge, 6 x Midget depth charge

With much of the Royal Australian Navy fleet deployed to foreign waters in the early years of World War II, the defence of Australia’s coastlines became a primary concern for the Naval Board. The Naval Auxiliary Patrol (NAP) was a war-raised unit approved on 25 June 1941, charged with patrolling and safeguarding Australia's inner harbours, ports, rivers and estuaries against enemy sabotage or attack. The NAP fleet was comprised primarily of former pleasure craft, offered freely by their owners.

In May 1942, the NAP was transferred to the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RANVR) and was thereafter known as the RANVR NAP. By October 1942 the total strength of the NAP had increased to over 3000 mobilised and unmobilised reserves. This was to remain the case until early 1944 when it was considered that the danger of enemy attack was remote enough to reduce the strength of the NAP to a minimum.

Pedoro was a 35 foot Raised Deck Cruiser that served as a Naval Auxiliary Patrol Vessel. The boat was requisitioned for naval service on 19 August 1942. HMAS Pedoro commissioned into the RAN on 19 August 1942, before being purchased by the Australian Government on 22 March 1944. HMAS Pedoro was decommissioned and later returned to her owners in October 1944.

HMAS Pedoro first appeared in the October 1942 edition of the Navy List:
HMAS Pedoro first appeared in the October 1942 edition of the Navy List: