• Short Summary

    The Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne has docked at Sydney with a gaping hole in her bow and a sick bay full of survivors from the destroyer Voyager which she cut in half during manoeuvres this week in the Tasmanian Sea.

  • Description

    The Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne has docked at Sydney with a gaping hole in her bow and a sick bay full of survivors from the destroyer Voyager which she cut in half during manoeuvres this week in the Tasmanian Sea.

    Eighty-two men on the Voyager died as the destroyer went down Monday night (10 February) in the Australian Navy's worst peacetime disaster. A total of 269 men on the Voyager were saved, many by the Melbourne. None of the 1,000 men aboard the carrier was injured.

    Some of the more seriously injured from the Voyager were flown to the Australian mainland by helicopter from the deck of the Melbourne. The rest were kept aboard as the big carrier, flagship of the Australian Navy, made its way slowly toward the Port of Sydney. Speed was reduced to about three knots as the ship nosed through the water, gulping seas through the hole in the bow. A newsman aboard reported that bulkhead doors were straining against the pressure to keep the ship watertight.

    But the carrier was never in serious danger and finally made it to port, where relatives of the Voyager's crew anxiously awaited word of their kin.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6DJHKAD9YGRIM0HZIW43R35HC
    Media URN:
    VLVA6DJHKAD9YGRIM0HZIW43R35HC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/02/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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