It's Mother's Day this Sunday the 14 May. On the 14th May 1943 many mothers of AHS Centaur crew received news that their sons and daughters were lost at sea after the tragic sinking of the Hospital Ship.
A ship of mercy that was shown no mercy. THE CENTAUR STORY SUNK BY A JAPANESE TORPEDOE IN 1943 On May 14th 1943, Australian Hospital Ship (AHS) Centaur was steaming a course 24 miles E.N.E. off Point Lookout, Stradbroke Island, on its way to New Guinea to give aid to injured service personnel.
As a fully lit and marked Hospital Ship, the Centaur was meant to be immune from enemy attack. At 4:15am it was struck by a torpedo fired from a Japanese submarine and sank within minutes of the attack, with heavy loss of life. Of Centaur's compliment of 332, only 30 of the crew and 34 army medical staff survived. The Centaur was a ship of mercy that was shown no mercy!
A PLACE IN HISTORY
Centaur holds a special place in Australia's war history because the war never came as close to Brisbane as it did on the 14th May 1943 when Centaur was attacked.
CENTAUR FOUND IN 2009 Centaur was found off the south-east Queensland coast on 20 December 2009, solving a 66-year-old mystery about its final resting place. A search team aboard the search boat Seahorse Spirit found the wreck, about 30 nautical miles off the southern tip of Moreton Island, off the south-east Queensland coast. It was found in one piece just seven days into the official search and close to a position calculated by the hospital ship's navigator, Gordon Rippon, who radioed the position as the ship was sinking.
AHS Centaur Memorial Service
14 May 2017
Centaur Park Caloundra Headland
Centaur Park Caloundra Headland, Caloundra
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