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July 7, 2011
By LEUT Gary McHugh
and LSHSO Bindi Challis
A PIECE of Australian naval his-
tory has returned to the Western
Australian Maritime Museum from
its long-term temporary home at
One of a number of cannons recov-
ered from the wreck of the Batavia
near the Abrolhos Islands off the coast
of Geraldton, the gunnery piece was
carefully transported from Garden
Island to its new resting place in
Stirling Museum caretaker Gary
Booth said it was a privilege to be cus-
todian of such an important piece of
"The Batavia cannon is a signifi-
cant part of Australia's early maritime
history and Navy has been fortunate
enough to have it in our care for a
number of years," he said.
"But it's now time for it to be avail-
able for a wider audience to view."
In October 1628 the ship, under the
command of Francesco Pelsaert, sailed
with 332 people aboard from the
Netherlands to Batavia (now Jakarta)
in the Dutch colonies in Indonesia.
In the early hours of June 4, 1629,
strong winds pushed the ship violently
off course and she broke up and sank
after running aground some 65km off
the coast of Geraldton.
What followed was a tale of hor-
rific torture and depravation carried
out by a number of the ship's mutinous
crew, with just 68 of the more than
History on the move
300 crew and passengers coming out
of the adventure alive.
More than 300 years later, the
ship's cannons were recovered by
members of Navy's Dive Team Seven,
and in recognition of that feat one of
the guns was loaned to Navy to be
put on display at the former HMAS
On the decommissioning of
Leeuwin in 1986, the cannon was
relocated to Stirling and spent a few
years on display outside Naval Officer
Command -- WA Headquarters.
Exposure to the elements caused
deterioration to the gunnery piece
and, after being refurbished by the
WA Museum, it was given an indoor
resting place at the island's canteen
NEW HOME: HMAS Stirling personnel move the Batavia cannon from
the base to its new home at the WA Maritime Museum.
Photo: LSIS Nina Nikolin
By Michael Brooke
THE sacrifice of 21 Commonwealth
sailors and six Japanese submariners
was praised during a commemora-
tion service in Sydney to mark the
69th anniversary of the sinking of
HMAS Kuttabul in World War II.
The service honoured those killed
when three Japanese midget subma-
rines attacked Sydney Harbour on the
evening of May 31, 1942.
The sailors died when a torpedo
fired by the M24 midget submarine
sank Kuttabul, moored near Garden
Island. The torpedo was fired at USS
Chicago but passed underneath her
hull and hit Kuttabul instead.
Of the three submarines that
attacked that night, two were
destroyed in the harbour. The fate of
M24 remained a mystery until 2006,
when a group of recreational divers
located it about 5km off Bungan Head,
At the ceremony, survivor Neil
Roberts spoke about how he was
thrown from his hammock by the
explosion of the torpedo that lifted
Kuttabul into the air.
"I'm 87 now but I should have
been killed when I was 19," he said.
Mr Roberts said he was only alive
because he swapped sleeping berths
with another sailor on "dog watch",
which spared him from the full force
of the exploding torpedo on the lower
FATEFUL DAY: Neil Roberts, who survived the Japanese attack on
HMAS Kuttabul in 1942, addresses the memorial service in Sydney.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
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