The Search for the Sydney

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HarperCollins Publishers, 2009 - Cruisers (Warships) - 264 pages
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On 19 November 1941, HMAS Sydney encountered the German raider Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off Western Australia. 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.

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When the HMAS Sydney was attacked by The Kormoran in NW Australia. My father, James Stewart was on HMAS Yandra. They were sent an SOS to try and rescue any sailors. When the Yandra arrived, unfortunately no sailors could be saved. The ship had gone down. The Yandra took on board 80 sailors from the Kormoran as prisoners and took them to Exmouth and Fremantle jails. Dad had an idea as to approximately where the HMAS Sydney went down, no one in the authorities were listening.  

About the author (2009)

David Mearns is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club. The Sinking of HMAS Sydney: How Australia's Greatest Maritime Mystery Was Solved is his second book; his first, Hood and Bismarck, co-authored with Rob White, was nominated for the prestigious Desmond Wettern Maritime Media award. His book The Shipwreck Hunter was published in 2017. David and his company, Blue Water Recoveries Ltd, have located twenty-one major shipwrecks, including the hosptial ship Centaur and the Vasco da Gama fleet, and have been awarded three Guinness World Records, including one for the deepest shipwreck ever found at 5,762 metres. David currently lives in Sussex with his wife, Sarah, and their three children.

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