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* 02 February 2003 - Naval Battles in the Solomon Islands over August/November 1942 turn the tide of the Pacific War

* 02 February 2003 - Submarines - Fulton and the Turtle

* 01 February 2003 - 2

* 31 January 2003 - Solomon Island Pictures 2nd page

* 24 January 2003 - Solom0n Islands Pictures

* 23 January 2003 - HMAS Goorangia chopped in two by M.V. Duntroon. Small Mine Sweeper first RAN ship lost in WW2

* 23 January 2003 - Enterprise, CV6, Solomons Map

* 16 January 2003 - The Discovery of Port Phillip Bay(, Victoria, Australia, and its early settlement)

* 15 January 2003 - Links to other interesting web sites

* 15 January 2003 - Friends of the Vengeance







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Mac Gregory
02 February 2003

This site is dedicated to all "Who went down to the sea in ships" in World War 2, in whatever capacity they may have served the cause of freedom, but especially to the Eighty Four Officers and Men who died in H.M.A.S. Canberra at the Battle of Savo Island, on the 9th of August, 1942.  

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Here are my latest 10 articles.  See the article list or site map to see all of them or to get your bearings:

Naval Battles in the Solomon Islands over August/November 1942 turn the tide of the Pacific War
02 February 2003

Click the picture to read the articleA work in progress.

Japanese forces now started their mad dash southwards, In December, they had invaded Northern Malaya, sunk the Royal Navy Battle Ship Prince of Wales, and the Battle Cruiser Repulse, leaving the gate to Singapore wide open.

Solomon Islands Pictures
24 January 2003

More Solomon Islands pictures
31 January 2003

HMAS Goorangai chopped in two by M.V. Duntroon. Small Mine Sweeper first RAN ship lost in WW2
23 January 2003

HMAS Goorangai, click picture to read the articleHMAS Goorangai, of only 223 tons, fitted out as an auxiliary mine sweeper, on the night of the 20th. of November 1940, in a southerly gale, was chopped in two by the Motor Vessel Duntroon, and quickly sank with her entire crew of 24.

The Discovery of Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia, and its early settlement
16 January 2003

The discovery of this large bay on the southern coast of Australia is largely tied up with a small brig Lady Nelson. When fully loaded, her freeboard was just under three feet. Lieutenant James Grant in 1799, had been commissioned by the then First Lord of the Admiralty The Duke of Portland, to survey the south and south west coast of Australia. He was given Lady Nelson with a crew of twelve and stored for a nine months voyage.

Wyatt Earp, A Ship of Several Names and a Lifetime of Adventure.
09 January 2003

Wyatt Earp - Click to read the articleBuilt as Fanefford, in Norway in 1919, this single decked motor ship was 150 feet long and when fully loaded drew between 16 to 17 feet, her tonnage just 402 tons. A vessel that had sailed under four different names, in both the northern and southern hemispheres, had been involved in a multitude of shipping activities, including making aviation history in the Antarctic, finally came to a sad end on a dark and stormy night off the coast of Queensland Australia.

Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Doolittle’s B-25 Raid on Japan. 18th. of April 1942.
09 January 2003

Click to read the articleThe suprise and humilitating attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor on the 7th. of December in 1941, had left its mark on the American phyche and public morale was at a low ebb. To at least make a token strike back at the Japanese Homeland, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorised a dangerous mission by a B-25 bomber raid against Tokyo and industrial targets in Japan.

Gun Turret from USS Monitor Sees the Light of Day After 140 Years
03 January 2003

Click to see the Monitor articleBecause the Monitor was quite deep in about 70 metres of water, it was then necessary for the diving team to use saturation diving, ie the divers lived in a pressurised chamber for up to two weeks at a time on the Wotan, a salvage barge. On the evening of the 5th. of August 2002, US Navy divers hooked large steel cables onto the turret which was then slowly winched to the surface.

Memorial to HMAS Sydney and her crew is dedicated at Geraldton in Western Australia
30 December 2002

78 men from Kormoran’s crew of 393 died in this battle, which recorded the Royal Australian Navy’s greatest loss in a single engagement, all 645 of HMAS Sydney’s crew perished. Even at this distance in time from her sinking on the 19th. of November 1941, we still do not know the whole story about her sinking, or where she finally came to rest in the depths of the Indian Ocean.

Canadian Tribal Destroyer HMCS Athabaskan Located off Brittany, France
29 December 2002

The Divers Net on the 13th. of December 2002, reported locating the Canadian Tribal Class Destroyer HMCS Athabaskan in 90 metres of water off Batz Island, Brittany. The French diver, Jaques Ouchakjoff found the wreck of this 2,000 ton Tribal.

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