HMAS SYDNEY

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HMAS SYDNEY

Post by riverman » Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:48 pm

Painting of HMAS SYDNEY in the Mediterranean in 1940 when she sank the Italian destroyer ESPERO and the battle cruiser BARTOLOMEO COLLEONI. In 1941 she carried out troop ship escort duties between Australia and South East Asia. On the 19th. November 1941 she encountered the German Raider HSK KORMORAN and became involved in an engagement that would eventually lead to the loss of both ships. While 317 of HSK KORMORAN's complement of 390 were rescued, all 645 of SYDNEY's crew were lost. It remains the Royal Australian Navy's largest tragedy.
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Re: HMAS SYDNEY

Post by E28 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:33 pm

Her demise came as an appalling shock to Australia.
The search for for wreck took decades of dogged determination until finally in 2008 the ghosts could be finally lain to rest and the saga of the Sydney could be established with a degree of certainty.
Please venture to -
http://www.abc.net.au
and type in HMAS Sydney
where you will find details of the results.
I must stress other sites exist enabling you to find out more of the discovery of both wrecks, the Kormoran is as much of this as Sydney herself, with the mutual destruction of both antagonists.
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Re: HMAS SYDNEY

Post by riverman » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:22 pm

Cheers E28, very interesting, and well done David Mearns and his team for locating her position. Would have liked to have visited the memorial in Geraldton, maybe another time on another visit to Australia.
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Re: HMAS SYDNEY

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:47 pm

Took a long time to uncover her whereabouts but they stuck to it and I was constantly monitoring their progress when they did, including the investigation of the wreckage. Great tragedy for the Australian navy, made worse by the fact for all these years no one really knew what could have happened, yet the Kormoran survivors (321) were sitting safely in an Australian POW Camp (Dhurringgile). And guess what was sitting across the dock from the liner waiting to repatriate them to Germany from Melbourne ? The Dutch freighter 'Straat Malakka' - the very same ship whose identity the Raider Kormoran 'borrowed' as her last disguise before her final loss some four years earlier. Fate?
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