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Author Frame, T. R. (Thomas R.), 1962-

Title The cruel legacy : the HMAS Vovager tragedy / Tom Frame
Edition First edition
Published Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2005


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Description 235 pages 8 unnumbered pages of plates : portraits, illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents 1. Death and valour -- 2. The truth sinks in -- 3. An inquiry or an intrusion? -- 4. 'Just tell the truth' -- 5. Confident uncertainty -- 6. Balancing blame -- 7. Scapegoats and martyrs -- 8. Where to now? -- 9. Political leadership and public advocacy -- 10. 'A ghastly campaign' -- 11. Relevance and reticence -- 12. A volatile cocktail -- 13 How did fate call? -- 14. The Navy moves on -- 15. In the wake
Summary '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
Analysis Destroyers
Aircraft carriers
Shipping accidents
Royal Australian Navy
HMAS Voyager
HMAS Melbourne
Notes Includes index
Library's N copy signed by the author. ANL
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 224-229
Notes Also published as an electronic book (Etitle) by James Bennett Pty. Ltd, in 2005 with ISBN 1741159385
Subject HMAS Melbourne (Ship)
Voyager (Destroyer : 1952-1964)
Australia. Royal Australian Navy.
Voyager (Destroyer)
Destroyers (Warships) -- Australia -- History.
Marine accidents -- Australia -- Australian Capital Territory -- Jervis Bay Territory.
Marine accidents -- Australia -- Jervis Bay (Bay)
Marine accidents -- Australia -- Jervis Bay Territory -- Australian Capital Territory.
Marine accidents -- Australia -- Jervis Bay (A.C.T.)
Navies -- Australia.
Australia -- History, Military.
Genre/Form History.
ISBN 1741144213 :
Other Titles HMAS Vovager tragedy