66 years after the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur
was torpedoed by the Japs in WW2 off the Queensland coast on a voyage from New Guniea with the loss of 268 souls, among them 14 Nurses. 64 survived the sinking, rescued after 36 hours in the water.
The HUGE red crosses remain visible on her sides.
Some history on wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AHS_Centaur
and video and photos of the discovery here http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/12/2790305.htm?section=justin
Dirty bastards those Japs, but I dont have to tell you Yanks that.
a couple of survivors are still alive as are many War Widows and some Nurses from the time. Im glad they and they families have some closure now.
The Ship was found by David Mearns, born circa 1958, is a United States-born marine scientist and deep water search and recovery expert, long resident in the United Kingdom. He is famous for locating the wrecks of ships lost in World War II, including the British battleship HMS Hood in 2001, and both the Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney and the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran, in 2008 and now Centaur.
That man should be recognised by the Australian Government for his work. I will write to our Defence Minister.