The Cruel Legacy

The HMAS Voyager Tragedy

Tom Frame
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Forty years after the collision between the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Sydney in which 82 men lost their lives this is the story of Australia's largest peacetime naval disaster, the men involved, the effect it had and continues to have on them, and the aftermath of political intrigue and cover-ups.

'Voyager's bow has been detached from her stern' was the laconic phone message left for the RAN's public relations officer' on the night of 10 February 1964.

During naval exercises off the coast at Jervis Bay, the destroyer HMAS Voyager inexplicably turned towards the RAN Flagship, HMAS Melbourne, and steamed under the mighty carrier,s bows. The impact cut Voyager in two with 82 of her complement losing their lives in Australia's worst peacetime naval disaster.

Why did this happen and who was to blame? Forty years on, survivors of the collision are still fighting for compensation. Australia,s leading naval historian, Tom Frame, revisits the two Royal Commissions into the disaster and why they failed to find the truth. He draws on extensive interviews with participants and the survivors to offer his own conclusions on what actually happened that night, and its enduring legacy for the RAN.

Dr Tom Frame is a former RAN officer, a leading naval historian and the author of numerous bestselling naval histories including No Pleasure Cruise, Mutiny!, The Shores of Gallipoli: Naval Aspects of the Anzac Campaign and HMAS Sydney: Loss and Controversy. He is presently Anglican Bishop to the Australian Defence Force.

Author bio:

Dr Tom Frame is a former RAN officer, a leading naval historian and the author of numerous bestselling naval histories including No Pleasure Cruise,Mutiny!, Where Fate Calls: The HMAS Voyager Tragedy and HMAS Sydney: Loss and Controversy. He is Anglican Bishop to the Australian Defence Force and is married to Helen. They have two teenage daughters.

Category: History
ISBN: 9781741144215
Table Of Contents: 1. Death and valour

2. The truth sinks in

3. An inquiry or an intrusion?

4. 'Just tell the truth'

5. Confident uncertainty

6. Balancing blame

7. Scapegoats and martyrs

8. Where to now?

9. Political leadership and public advocacy

10. 'A ghastly campaign'

11. Relevance and reticence

12. A volatile cocktail

13. How did fate call?

14. The Navy moves on

15. In the wake

Endnotes

Bibliography
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: February 2005
Page Extent: 256
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Australasian & Pacific history

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