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The sinking of HMAS Sydney : how Australia's greatest maritime mystery was solved

Author: David L Mearns
Publisher: Sydney, NSW, Australia : HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the gripping account of how Australia's greatest warship was lost and found. For sixty-six years it was Australia's greatest maritime mystery: what happened to the 'pride of the fleet' HMAS Sydney - was she beaten in a fair fight with the German cruiser Kormoran, or was there treachery involved? Could the Kormoran survivors' account of the battle and its aftermath be believed? Why were there no survivors  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David L Mearns
ISBN: 1460756371 9781460756379
OCLC Number: 1012515809
Notes: Originally published as: The search for the Sydney. Pymble, N.S.W. : HarperCollins Publishers, 2009.
Description: viii, 376 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Search for the Sydney
Responsibility: David L. Mearns.

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This is the gripping account of how Australia's greatest warship was lost and found. For sixty-six years it was Australia's greatest maritime mystery: what happened to the 'pride of the fleet' HMAS Sydney - was she beaten in a fair fight with the German cruiser Kormoran, or was there treachery involved? Could the Kormoran survivors' account of the battle and its aftermath be believed? Why were there no survivors from Sydney? And where was the wreck? One of the world's foremost shipwreck hunters, David L. Mearns first heard the story of the Sydney in 1996. It left an indelible impression on him. Hunting the Sydney ten years later tested all his skills as a detective, engineer, marine scientist and navigator. But find it he did, and with that momentous discovery came answers to the mystery; closure to relatives still grieving the 645 men dead; accountability to the RAN, which had all but given up hope of ever finding its most iconic ship; and a sad but gripping explanation of the staggering naval disaster, allowing Australians to finally make sense of the conflicting, conspiratorial and painful event.

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