Saturday, October 27, 2012

The story of HMS Hermes

Warrick McDonald’s presentation at OZTeK2013, OZTeK - Tek Diving Conference, "Lost Souls at Sea", tells the story of HMS Hermes. On the 9th of April 1942, calamity struck HMAS Vampire and HMS Hermes off the coast of Sri Lanka in the form of 30 + Japanese bombers. After the raid was over, 315 British and Australian sailors were dead and wreckage littered the sea. HMS Hermes lying on its side at 52m is now the graveyard for most of these courageous men. The Vampire is yet to be confirmed as found, although a wreck recently discovered a few kilometres away may solve the mystery of its whereabouts.

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