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Images of Canberra – HMAS Canberra memorial

By johnboy 18 September 2005 4

Down near the Carillion there are a couple of maritime memorials. Here’s a picture I took of the memorial to the first HMAS Canberra, lost in the Battle of Savo Island in 1942. Having walked past the memorial numerous times it took a new walking companion to point out that the whole memorial is shaped like a ship.

HMAS Canberra Memorial

Historical footnote; in honour of Canberra’s actions at Savo Island, the US Navy named one of their own heavy cruisers the USS Canberra. The only ship in the history of the US Navy to be named after a foreign capital. (note to ACT Tourism, 30th anniversary of her striking from the naval register is in 2008, get together with her vet’s association and you could get a lot of cashed up old Americans in town)

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Thumper 7:53 am 19 Sep 05

Its excellent as war related sculptures go. Its simplicity says it all.

And that cool little dog is in the shot…. have’nt seen him since the walk along the blue Sullivan…..

terubo 7:47 am 19 Sep 05

Agreed, Kerces. The anchor says it all.

Kerces 9:58 pm 18 Sep 05

Well terubo, it’s a scuplture. It only has to have the essence of shipness to be regarded as one.

terubo 8:52 pm 18 Sep 05

“…it took a new walking companion to point out that the whole memorial is shaped like a ship”
-er, sort of. A tugboat, perhaps, or a dredger….but interesting nonetheless. The dog thought so, too.

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