Adelaide Flinders University

  • HMAS Sydney finder to join Centaur hunt

    By Tuck Thompson

     

    The man who found the HMAS Sydney off Western Australia said he would submit a proposal to locate the hospital ship Centaur.

    But David L. Mearns, who heads UK-based Blue Water Recoveries, could face competition from Australians involved in the HMAS Sydney project, including deep-water oil and gas pipeline firms.

    Explorers have until January 23 to respond to an advertisement for a project manager, a post expected to be filled next month.

    Centaur was torpedoed off the Brisbane Coast in 1943 by a Japanese submarine, with the loss of 268 lives. Hundreds of families across Australia have waited years for the war grave to be discovered.

    The Queensland Government has defended a steering committee overseeing the $4 million project .