Finding AHS Centaur- mearns

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Finding AHS Centaur- mearns

  1. 1. Finding AHS Centaur David L. Mearns – Blue Water Recoveries Ltd.
  2. 2. HMAS Sydney – 645 crew lost
  3. 3. Chronology of the Creation of Detmers’ Accoun 1,000m 500m 2,000m 3,000m 4,000m 5,000m KORMORAN Search Box SYDNEY Search Box
  4. 4. • 070° true 24 miles from Pt. Lookout • Steering due North (000°) at 12 knots • Based on a 4-pt. bearing of Pt. Lookout abeam (270°) at 0330K, distance 23 miles Reported within 1 hour of rescue • Confirmed in later interviews & docs • Credible primary source / eyewitness Gordon Rippon’s Position
  5. 5. Plotting the Loss Clues
  6. 6. Bluelink Back-Track Estimates
  7. 7. Search Area Bathymetry
  8. 8. Torpedo Damage – Port Side
  9. 9. Red Cross – Port Bow
  10. 10. Outside Captain’s Day Room
  11. 11. Captain’s Wash Basin & Bath
  12. 12. Captain’s Bath
  13. 13. Single Shoe
  14. 14. Bow Listing to Port ~ 45°
  15. 15. “47” on Starboard Bow
  16. 16. Awning Crutch & Missing Bell
  17. 17. Centaur’s 18’ Bell on Deck
  18. 18. Close-up of Centaur’s 18’ Bell
  19. 19. Imploded & Collapsed Foremast
  20. 20. Mainmast Snapped off at Base
  21. 21. Life Ring
  22. 22. Hospital Beds in #2 Cargo Space
  23. 23. Hospital Beds in #4 Cargo Space
  24. 24. Centaur Assoc. Memorial Plaque
  25. 25. Hospital Bed in Debris Field
  26. 26. Single Boot in Debris Field
  27. 27. Felt Slouch Hat
  28. 28. Thank You For Listening

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