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A.H.S. Centaur : 25-February-2012
A.H.S. Centaur : 25-February-2012
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A memorial plaque commemorates the Australian Hospital Ship "Centaur".

On 14 May 1943 the Australian Hospital Ship "Centaur" was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine 15 kilometres miles east of Cape Moreton in Queensland. There were no patients on board but 229 crew and medical personnel lost their lives, while 64 survivors were rescued after 36 hours in the sea.



Address:300 Waterdale Road, Repatriation Hospital, ANZAC Memorial Chapel, Heidelberg, 3081
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.756478
Long: 145.047353
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:14-May-1943
Actual Event End Date:14-May-1943


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 20th May, 2001
Front Inscription

Australian Hospital Ship
m.v.. "Centaur"

Ship details.  
Builder : Scott`s Shipbuilding & engineering
Place and date : Greenock, Scotland, 1924
Dimensions : Length 96m,m beam 14.7m.
Tonnage : 3,222 gross registered tons.
No. of holds : 4
Engine & speed : Diesel, single-screw, 12.5 knots.
Official number : 147275
Cost to build : 146,750
Conversion to Australian Hospital Ship,
Williamstown, Melbourne completed 6 March 1943  
Maiden voyage 12 March 1943.

Torpedoed on the second voyage to New Guinea at 0410
on 14 May 1943 by Japanese submarine 1-177.  
Sunk in three minutes, 23 miles north-east of Point Lookout,
Stradbroke Island, Queensland Australia.  
Survivors were rescued after 34 hours in the water
by USS "Mugford"

On board `Centaur`:
Army personnel 245  Nursing sisters  12  Merchant Navy crew 75  Total 332
Survivors :  Nursing sisters 1  Doctors 1  2.12 Field Ambulance  32  Merchant Navy crew  30  
Total survived 64  
Total lost  268

Memories of 45 young seamnen 
lost forever to the sea whilst serving their country
: [ Names ]

Presented to Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre
by the Merchant Navy R.S.L. Sub-Branch Victoria
In memory
of all lost at sea on the "Centaur"
and with special thoughts for our departed shipmates.
Unveiled and dedicated on 20th May, 2001
By Martin Pash, Merchant Navy crew survivor
and Keith Oliver, Secretary, Merchant Navy R.S.L. Sub-Branch

Source: MA
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