The aircraft carrier, "Melbourne", is now slowly making her way to Sydney. An A.B.C. reporter?
The aircraft carrier, "Melbourne", is now slowly making her way to Sydney. An A.B.C. reporter and television cameraman flew over the carrier as she emerged from the search area. The sea was calm as the "Melbourne" nosed her way, at barely three knots, towards Sydney, 70 miles to the north. The gaping hole in the bows showed clearly above the waterline and extended for an estimated 20 feet into the hull. The reporter said the big vessel was straining to make headway as she gulped up water through her torn and battered bows. The reporter said: "Even from the aircraft I could see the bulkhead doors under intense pressure to keep??? the ship watertight." It's expected that the "Melbourne" will be due through the Heads at five tomorrow morning and alongside Garden Island at six o'clock.
Many survivors of the x "Voyager" were picked up by the "Melbourne" and treated in the flagship's hospital. Most of them were still on board this morning when this film was taken on the carrier.
The most seriously injured were taken off by helicopter for the Naval hospital at Jervis Bay.
As the carrier slowly made her way up the coast towards Sydney, a service was held on board by the ship's chaplains. All crew members who could leave their stations took part. Prayers were offered for the recovery of the injured and for shipmates still missing.
This is probably the most recent film taken of the "Voyager". It was filmed by a naval cameraman as the destroyer steamed through Bass Strait. Last night, the "Voyager" was acting as a rescue ship during as exercise off Jervis Bay. According to the reports pieced together today, there was a moderate sea with a swell of between four and five feet at the time of the collision. It was a clear but moonless light. For most of the destroyer's crew, the first warning was the call "Stand to collision stations" over the ship's public address system. In the collision, which followed seconds later, the "Voyager" was cut in two by the "Melbourne". The forward section turned over quickly and went down within ten seconds; the aft section remained afloat for three hours before sinking stern first. It all happened in darkness.
At Balmoral Naval Hospital in Sydney staff members were alerted early in the day to stand by for a big influx of casualties. The most seriously injured arrived by helicopter from Jervis Bay. The injured seamen were carried to ambulances and taken immediately to the hospital. An A.B.C. reporter said that the three men were showing signs of shock and pain.
While these men were on their way to hospital, two buses carrying another fifty survivors with minor injuries were approaching Sydney from Jervis Bay. They arrived about midday and soon after, relatives and newsmen were allowed to talk to them
Inside the hospital survivors of the disaster talked with friends and relatives, Many people seeking news of crew members sat silently in the hospital corridors.
Astonishing stories of escapes were exchanged by crew members, covering at Balmoral Naval Hospital.
Another Naval hospital, H.M.A.S. Creswell, at Jervis Bay, treated most of the other survivors. They were brought in by ship and helicopter.
Leading Seaman Wilson, aged 28, of Tyndal in Victoria. He suffered injuries to the face.
M/E D.J. Andrews, aged 20, of Forest Hills, Victoria. Both men are in a satisfactory condition after their ordeal.
And more slightly injured survivors of the "Voyager" at Jervis Bay. Their morale was high even though they had spent hours in the water awaiting rescue.
Sea-Air Rescue launched from Jervis Bay were among the first rescue craft to reach the disaster area. They picked up scores of men from overcrowded rafts and floating wreckage. Said the captain of one launch: "There was little noise and not much debris. The only thing that struck you was the smell of oil." They are still searching for missing men.
At Jervis Bay, survivors talked with an A.B.C. reporter.