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10 Febuary - HMAS Melbourne, was one of the ships "jinxed"?

Unread postby Max ADU » Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:48 am

Australian History
Monday, February 10, 1964

**see video below of the aftermath of the sinking.

82 men are killed as the HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Voyager collide off the New South Wales coast.

Name change is bad luck amongst sailors
The HMAS Melbourne was the
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lead ship of her class of aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy.

Originally named the HMS Majestic, she was launched on 28 February 1945, and renamed the HMAS Melbourne on 28 October 1955.

The HMAS Voyager was a Daring class destroyer, launched on 1 May 1952.

The start of the curse
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On the night of 10 February 1964, both Melbourne and Voyager during post-refit sea trials. Were conducting flying operations about 30 kilometres off Jervis Bay in southern New South Wales.

Voyager was acting
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as a rescue ship in order to pick up the crew of any aircraft which might fall into the sea during landing on or taking off from the Melbourne.

Voyager was just under a kilometre astern of Melbourne so that when the latter reversed her course it was necessary for Voyager to transfer her position from ahead to astern. In doing so.

Voyager cut across the bows of Melbourne and was cut in half, with the forward half sinking almost immediately.

Whilst there was no loss of life on the Melbourne, but of the 314 personnel aboard Voyager at the time of the collision, 14 officers and 67 sailors were killed. A civilian dockyard worker also lost his life.

The wreck of the destroyer lies in 600 fathoms (1,100 m) of water

The Melbourne strikes again
HMAS Melbourne on 3rd June 1969 was also involved again in the sinking of the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans of the United States Navy resulting in seventy-four of the 273 crew on Evans were killed.

Watch on youtube.com
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Re: 10 Febuary - HMAS Melbourne, was one of the ships "jinxe

Unread postby Max ADU » Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:29 pm

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