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    Sunk Australia WWII hospital ship Centaur: first images

    Sunk Australia WWII hospital ship Centaur: first images


    The wreck of the Centaur was located off the Queensland coast late last year


    An Australian World War II hospital ship, the Centaur, has been seen for the first time since it sank more than 60 years ago with a loss of 268 lives.

    Images of the wreck, more than 2km (1.3 miles) below the sea, were captured by a remote-controlled underwater camera.

    The ship's location was discovered last month following a hi-tech search.

    Australia says the ship, which went down in May 1943, was torpedoed by the Japanese. Japan says the circumstances surrounding its sinking are unclear.

    The search team found the ship on 20 December off the Queensland coast, about 30 miles due east of the southern tip of Moreton Island.

    Favourable conditions allowed the crew to send down a camera on a remotely-operated submersible vehicle over the weekend. Further dives are planned.
    The Centaur was clearly marked as a hospital ship

    Search director David Mearns told AFP news agency he hoped the images would "hopefully end a 66-year quest for unanswered questions and bring comfort to many families across Australia and beyond".

    "The wreck was found leaning over towards its port side at an angle of approximately 25 degrees and the bow is almost completely severed from the rest of the hull in the area where the single torpedo hit," he said.

    "Although the wreck is very badly damaged, characteristic markings and features that identify the wreck as the Centaur were clearly visible."

    Among the identifying features revealed by the camera were the large red crosses marked on each side of the bow.
    The sinking of the Centaur became a symbol of wartime determination

    Images also showed the number 47, which designated the vessel as Australian Hospital Ship 47.

    Announcing the search for the ship last year, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the loss of the Centaur had struck deeply at the heart of the nation and become a symbol of determination in the fight against a brutal enemy.

    The Australians believe the ship was attacked without warning, the BBC's Nick Bryant in Sydney reports, which the acting premier of Queensland, Paul Lucas, has called barbaric and senseless.

    He has demanded an apology from the Japanese government, but a statement from the country's embassy in Canberra said the details surrounding the sinking were inconclusive.

    Of the 332 people on the ship, only 64 survived. Eleven of the 12 nurses on board died.




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    Very interesting story.

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    The Australians believe the ship was attacked without warning, the BBC's Nick Bryant in Sydney reports, which the acting premier of Queensland, Paul Lucas, has called barbaric and senseless.

    He has demanded an apology from the Japanese government, but a statement from the country's embassy in Canberra said the details surrounding the sinking were inconclusive.
    After which the Japanese embassy added, "No more Hiroshimas!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by robuzo
    After which the Japanese embassy added, "No more Hiroshima's!"
    Might not have been no Hiroshima's and Nagasaki's if shit like this was not a regular occurrence with the slimy cocksuckers, that and the Bataan Death March, and the Bridge on the river kwai, Changi, Nan King,, well just about anywhere the pricks went,, I remember it well and will never forgive the cocksuckers.
    Very brutal times between 1938 and 1946 for the world to remember, and I will never forget.

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    this has become a media circus

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    Australia says the ship, which went down in May 1943, was torpedoed by the Japanese. Japan says the circumstances surrounding its sinking are unclear.
    The circumstances are that the Japanese were extremely brutal and cruel bastards who didn't give a shit about red crosses painted along the side of the ship. The things that they did to the allied soldiers they captured are unspeakable and for once I have to agree with Blackgang. They deserved every gamma ray they got.
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    You live and learn!!

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    Wonder why they never nuked the Imperial Palace.

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    I think they were as much after manufacturing plants and factorys as much as anything else really.
    But why try to kill the man that had the power to say stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by robuzo
    After which the Japanese embassy added, "No more Hiroshima's!"
    Might not have been no Hiroshima's and Nagasaki's if shit like this was not a regular occurrence with the slimy cocksuckers, that and the Bataan Death March, and the Bridge on the river kwai, Changi, Nan King,, well just about anywhere the pricks went,, I remember it well and will never forgive the cocksuckers.
    That's OK, they forgive themselves, which was kind of my point. There was a period after the war when, ironically, the prevailing view in Japan was not that they and their military were victims, but that isn't really the case now. They don't want to hear about the Rape of Manila (for which General Yamashita probably unfairly paid the price) or Japanese soldiers handing out grenades to schoolgirls on Okinawa so they could kill themselves, but they will tell stories about American planes strafing fishing villages or GIs paying for sex with chocolate bars during the Occupation.

    Another reason the Japanese government are reluctant to come clean about this or myriad other "incidents" of Japanese barbarism is that they are still afraid of being sued. Contrary to the popular image, the Japanese are of a surprisingly litigious bent.

    Who added that apostrophe to my quote? ("Hiroshima's" what?) Oddly enough, the Japanese tend to write it that way (in English).
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    And they've ruined Baccara, the bastards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterinja View Post
    Wonder why they never nuked the Imperial Palace.
    In part because they had to leave someone behind with the authority to surrender convincingly, and in part because they weren't supposed to be targeting cultural and historical artifacts. It was only the intervention of the former SecState Henry Stimson that prevented the madman Curtis LeMay from dropping it on Kyoto.

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