HMAS Sydney ploughing through a rough sea

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When: 01 January 1914

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While escorting the first convoy of ANZAC troops bound for Europe on 9 November 1914 the Royal Australian Navy light cruiser HMAS Sydney engaged the infamous German commerce raider SMS Emden. The two light cruisers fought a 90 minute battle. The Emden’s guns had more range and fired first, but Sydney’s more powerful main guns pounded the Emden until it was disabled and beached on North Keeling Island. The Royal Australian Navy’s first great test of war ended in a comprehensive victory.

The exhibition 'Test of War - Royal Australian Navy in WW1 will open at the Australian National Maritime Museum 12 September 2014 and run until May 2015.

ANMM collection ANMS0823[221]


Owner: Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
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    • 06/Mar/2014 05:11:29

    Given that the Ensign marks the centre line of the vessel, and the distance from the deck to the waterline is very low, I'd suggest that this is not the Sydney, maybe more a destroyer?

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    Antoine R

    • 06/Mar/2014 07:30:49

    Rather S class destroyer.

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    • 07/Mar/2014 14:10:03

    Fascinating photo!!

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    • 17/Mar/2014 10:54:25

    Depth charge thrower, small derrick, and cluttered stern, and what Dale said, entirely preclude Sydney. Maybe post WW1

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    • 18/Mar/2014 07:54:35

    Using the figure in view as a scale, it looks like the beam is around 20ft. Is the figure holding a firing line for the depth charge thrower? There is a gun platform aft, then two canvas covered platforms forward of that.

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    • 18/Mar/2014 10:49:55

    Now agree with Antoine R. Derrick used for torpedoes, as per AWM P01579.007