She was the glory ship of the then fledgling Australian Navy: a modern handsome cruiser which carried a wartime complement of 645 men. But then on 19 November 1941 HMAS Sydney encountered the German raider Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off WA.
The violent battle that ensued left Kormoran destroyed. Sydney was glimpsed sailing off the horizon on fire shell-damaged and suffering a torpedo hit to her bow. It would be 66 years before anyone laid eyes on either ship again.
In 2002 shipwreck hunter David Mearns joined the long list of people who had tried to find the Sydney. The next six years would test Mearns's talents as detective engineer marine scientist and leader taking him from war archives in Germany to homes of Kormoran survivors to the depths of the Indian Ocean. He would navigate clues conspiracy theories maddening technical problems and cyclones but in 2008 he recorded the astonishing words 'HMAS Sydney found!'
Here for the first time David Mearns tells the action-packed story of the hunt for the Sydney - and the Kormoran - and reveals what really happened on that fateful day in November.
Accompanied by stunning photographs many of them never seen before historical imagery detailed maps and full-scale models of the cruiser this is a book to delight enthusiasts and general readers alike an incomparable adventure set on the high seas.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st August 2009
Dimensions (cm): 29.7 x 23.0 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 1.874