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The memorial commemorates those who perished in the H.M.A.S. Voyager collision in February 1964.

H.M.A.S. Voyager was a Daring class destroyer of the Royal Australian Navy (R.A.N.), that was lost in a collision in 1964. During the night of 10 February 1964, Voyager and the aircraft carrier H.M.A.S. Melbourne collided off Jervis Bay, when the destroyer passed in front of the carrier during post-refit sea trials. Voyager was cut in two by the collision, sinking with the loss of 82 of the 314 people aboard.

This was the largest loss of Australian military personnel in peacetime, and the subsequent investigations resulted in the holding of two Royal Commissions—the only time in Australian history this has occurred.


Address:42 - 68 Palmer Street, Maritime Museum of Townsville, South Townsville, 4810
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -19.259244
Long: 146.823733
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:10-February-1964
Actual Event End Date:10-February-1964


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 10th February, 2014
Front Inscription

HMAS Voyager
In memory of those who perished at sea
10th February 1964

The collision between the Daring Class Destroyer HMAS Voyager
and the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne
occurred at 2056 hrs 10th February 1964.
HMAS Voyager rest (sic) in 600 fathoms 20 nautical miles
SE of Point Perpendicular NSW.

Erected by the Naval Association Townsville sub Branch 10th February 2014

Source: MA
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