Title: The Cruel Legacy : The HMAS Voyager Tragedy
Author: Frame, Tom
Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2005
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 233 pages
Comments: 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.
About Tom Frame
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.
Now out of print – well read but in very condition with minor marks to cover.