US Cities Service Boston (6th Machine Gun Battalion AIF Memorial)Print Page
The memorial is to four Australian soldiers who died in 1943 rescuing the 62-man crew of the American tanker, "US Cities Service Boston" which hit an offshore reef during a storm in 1943. The memorial was unveiled in 1968 and a second memorial plaque was dedicated in 1989.
The 9000 ton U.S. tanker was wrecked off Bass Point during heavy seas at dawn 16 May, 1943. "Cities Service of Boston", was caught in a violent gale. Waves rising as high as the ship`s funnel lashed the 9,000 ton tanker onto an offshore reef. To avoid breaking up in deep water, the tanker was ordered "full stream ahead", running the ripped hull aground on Bass Point. Members of the local volunteer defence corp, police and thirty soldiers from the 6th Machine Gun Battalion Airforce, were soon at hand. A daring rescue was undertaken to save 62 crewmen aboard. It was during this rescue that a huge wave swept 10 soldiers and seamen into the surging waters. Tragically four of the soldiers lost their lives. These were the only losses resulting from the shipwreck.
|Address:||Bass Point Tourist Road, Bass Point, Shellharbour, 2529|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.593611|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||16-May-1943|
|Actual Event End Date:||16-May-1943|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 8th September, 1968|
THEY DIED THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE
NX 133805 Sgt Allen, W. F.
NX127791 Pte Pitt, G.W.
NX 118174 Pte Snell, R. J.
NX111705 Pte Symonds, B. H.
At Dawn 16 May, 1943, The U.S. Tanker, `Cities Services Boston` Was Wrecked On This Point During A Raging Sea.
Thirty Soldiers From 6 Australian M.G. Bn (A.I.F.) With Complete Disregard For Personal Safety Rescued The Entire Crew Of 62 Americans.
This Memorial Honours Those Who Showed Heroism And Particularly Those Who Paid The Supreme Sacrifice.
UNVEILED BY CAPT S.D.MATCHETT (R.A.I.)
6 AUST MG BN ASSOC
CITIES SERVICE TANKERS CORPORATION
NEW YORK N.Y.
8 SEPT 1968
MAY 21, 1989
WITH APPRECIATION AND RESPECT-
OUR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THESE BRAVE MEN
ON BEHALF OF THE CREW OF THE
" CITIES SERVICE BOSTON"
WE ATTENDED A REMEMBRANCE SERVICE
HERE ON THIS DAY -
BEN HELLING, ED WEBSTER,
JOHN WIRDZEK & BUD RICKERT
ALL OF CALIFORNIA - USA