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Dawn Princess Passengers Remember HMAS Sydney Loss

July 17, 2013 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Passengers onboard Dawn Princess commemorated one of Australia’s most tragic wartime encounters, the sinking of the HMAS Sydney, on a recent cruise from Fremantle.

Princess Cruises - HMAS Sydney serviceSailing to Indonesia, Dawn Princess took almost 2000 Australian passengers on a course to the resting place of HMAS Sydney, which was lost with all 645 crew following an encounter with the German raider Kormoran off the Western Australian coast on November 19, 1941.

The Dawn Princess team conducted a special memorial service directly above the remains of HMAS Sydney. The ship was found at a depth of 2468 metres in 2008 after years of mystery surrounding her fate.

The memorial service was well attended by passengers and crew alike and featured a special order of service that included a brief account of the loss of HMAS Sydney – the worst loss ever sustained by the Royal Australian Navy.

The commemoration ended with a wreath being cast on the water above HMAS Sydney before Dawn Princess resumed her northerly course.

Next year, passengers on Sea Princess’ 15-night Indonesia cruise from Fremantle, departing August 3, will also have the opportunity to pay their respects as the ship again cruises past HMAS Sydney’s resting place.

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