The Search for the Sydney
On 19 November 1941, HMAS Sydney encountered the German raider Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off Western Australia. The violent battle that ensued left Kormoran destroyed. Sydney was glimpsed sailing off the horizon, on fire, shell-damaged and suffering a torpedo hit to her bow. It would be 66 years before anyone laid eyes on either ship again.
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When the HMAS Sydney was attacked by The Kormoran in NW Australia. My father, James Stewart was on HMAS Yandra. They were sent an SOS to try and rescue any sailors. When the Yandra arrived, unfortunately no sailors could be saved. The ship had gone down. The Yandra took on board 80 sailors from the Kormoran as prisoners and took them to Exmouth and Fremantle jails. Dad had an idea as to approximately where the HMAS Sydney went down, no one in the authorities were listening.