The Old RAN

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Postby phillip08 » 11 Feb 2019 09:59

55 years ago, now I feel old. I can recall visting the ship several times.

I can remember morning after the ship went down and things started to filter through. The phone at home rang off the hook just about all day. My father was the Gunnery Officer on Voyoger, his cabin was right where Melbourne sliced through.
He and the majority of the ships gunners were not on board, my Mother was in hospital & my father had a weeks leave, the Capt. decided that since they were only going out for 3 days and not exersising the guns he granted most of the gunners 3 days leave - they were the luckiest saliors alive.

The three enquiries were quite an ordeal.

As per SOP's the Ships Capt. took the heat.

My father never spoke about it until he retired.

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Postby MikeJames » 11 Feb 2019 10:38

Ovens outboard Otway at Darling Harbour during Navy Week celebrations, I remember this event, I was the one who ran that weekend's events. Good times.

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That area is today unrecognisable, it's been completely rebuilt, originally completed in 1988 as a Bicentennial project, it was torn down and rebuilt over the last 4 years.

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Postby MikeJames » 12 Feb 2019 12:17

Destroyers HMAS Stuart and Waterhen in Farm Cove, Sydney in the last years before the Second World War. One would survive the war, the other would be the first RAN warship sunk in WW2.

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Postby MikeJames » 13 Feb 2019 10:11

HMAS Kangaroo, a Bar-class boom defence vessel of the Royal Australian Navy, in company with her sister ships HMAS Koala and HMAS Karangi.

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Postby fastone045 » 13 Feb 2019 12:02

A few more shots of HMAS Australia

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Postby MikeJames » 14 Feb 2019 14:31

Really really old RAN. 1913: Boys training ship HMAS TINGIRA, former tea clipper SOBRAON - NSW

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Postby MikeJames » 15 Feb 2019 10:37

HMAS Air Sprite, one of a class of postwar-built RAN Air-Sea Rescue boats.

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Postby RussF172 » 15 Feb 2019 17:33

Just read the story of two of them that were involved in the rescue of survivors of the MELBOURNE/VOYAGER collision. The first one sailed within a few minutes of the accident with the other following about 10 minutes later. They rescued some 70+ survivors from the water when they arrived on station and rushed them back to CRESWELL to awaiting ambulances and medical staff. The survivors couldn't get onto the MELBOURNE as the swell was too great and most wouldn't have been able climb up the net due to broken limbs and burns. They went straight back out to look for more only calling it quits and returning to CRESWELL around 1000 the next morning.
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Postby MikeJames » 16 Feb 2019 22:39

Yarra and Stuart on deployment together, Yarra is the closer DE

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Postby MikeJames » 17 Feb 2019 11:25

Then and now, HMAS Whyalla in WW2 and today as a museum exhibit at the Whyalla Maritime Museum

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Postby MichaelB » 17 Feb 2019 11:47

RussF172 wrote:Just read the story of two of them that were involved in the rescue of survivors of the MELBOURNE/VOYAGER collision. The first one sailed within a few minutes of the accident with the other following about 10 minutes later. They rescued some 70+ survivors from the water when they arrived on station and rushed them back to CRESWELL to awaiting ambulances and medical staff. The survivors couldn't get onto the MELBOURNE as the swell was too great and most wouldn't have been able climb up the net due to broken limbs and burns. They went straight back out to look for more only calling it quits and returning to CRESWELL around 1000 the next morning.



A classic shot of them at speed.
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Postby MikeJames » 18 Feb 2019 12:25

A truly famous shot.

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Postby MikeJames » 19 Feb 2019 09:07

HMAS Moresby was built as one of the 24-Class of Royal Navy mine-sweeping sloops before transferring to the RAN in 1925.

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