CLASSIC REPEAT: Australia at war -- Sydney raided by 3 midget subs

THE THREE WERE FOUND: THE THREE SUBS THAT LEFT SYDNEY HARBOUR IN TATTERS ON THE FATEFUL NIGHT AFTER THEY CAUSED A LOAD OF DAMAGE. THE THIRD SUB WAS DISCOVERED AS A SUNKEN VESSEL OFF DEE WHY, A SYDNEY BEACH, IN 2006.

Seventy-five years ago, Sydney was attacked by 3 midget subs.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

Three enemy midget submarines sneaked through Sydney Harbour Heads under the cover of darkness on Sunday night to attack shipping, docks and defence installations.

One midget sub released two torpedoes, one of which hit and sank a Sydney ferry.

As soon as the Japanese started to attack, at least 6 homes in the Sydney eastern suburbs were damaged. 
In one of the few moments in which the violence of war fell immediately on Sydney, three Japanese midget submarines succeeded in entering the Harbour.

The initial indication of the presence of the midget subs was given when an explosion occurred and the guns began to fire. Searchlights swept the water and ferry passengers had a timely experience.

Shells whistled round them and the sharp crack of machine-gun fire could be heard.

IT SHOOK VIOLENTLY

As a report revealed later, the first explosion was caused by one of the torpedoes fired by the submarine which came to the surface. Its conning-tower and periscope were seen by ferry passengers.

A seaman, who was on watch on the deck of a steamer moored near the harbour ferry which was hit, said: “Bright moonlight was flooding the water … periscope and conning tower were clearly visible only 50 yards away from where I stood.

“I thought I must have been dreaming. For a moment I thought it must be one of our own submarines, but I was quickly disillusioned. While I was watching the black object … there was a terrific explosion … it shook violently and began to sink.

“Almost simultaneously there was a burst of gunfire. It was the smartest bit of work I have ever seen. The submarine remained visible for a few minutes… by that time the conning tower must have been riddled with bullets.”

How does the midget sub work?

CRUISING SPEED 20 KNOTS

A sketch of the Japanese two-man submarine, prepared by G.H. Davis, was released by the US Navy Department during the attack by the these vessels on shipping in Pearl Harbour.

The craft, which is 42 feet in length, is divided into five compartments. The conning tower is four and a half feet high. The 18in torpedo is housed in the bow.

At slow speed the craft has a cruising range of some 200 miles, and it is claimed that it has a top speed of 20 knots.

No internal-combustion or surface-cruising motors are fitted, and power is provided by electric motors used both on the surface and under the water.

The crew consists of an officer and a rating.

<< From the Courier-Mail and the Sydney Morning Herald on June 2, 1942.

Pictures: Half sunk: HMAS Kuttabul sits partly submerged in the waters of Sydney Harbour. The third sub fired two torpedoes at the USS Chicago but instead sank the ferry killing twenty-one sailors. Down and out. The wreck of the midget sub in 2006.


AT FULL GALLOP: THIS TIME A BUSHRANGER LEFT BEHIND THE POLICE  AT FULL BAY.

NEXT WEEK: BUSHRANGERS -- THESE MEN DISPLAYED CERTAIN HEROIC TENDENIES

Australia can be divided into two fairly distinct periods or phases are far as bushrangers are concerned. First they were convicts who escaped from their chains to the comparative, and often temporary, freedom of the wilds. Of these, Matthew Brady and Martin Cash in Van Diemen’s Land, William Westwood (Jacky Jacky) and Bold Jack Donahoe in NSW are best known. Their careers were … short and tragic. Next week. Part 2 of Bushrangers. Next month. Captain Thunderbolt territory!                                    


YOU’RE IN THE ARMY: ELVIS JOINED THE MARINES WHEN HE WAS ON TOP. NO WAY WAS HIS RUN-AWAY POPULARITY DENTED.

FLASKBACK: ELVIS – AFTER 40 YEARS THE LEGEND LIVES ON

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

A jet once owned by Elvis Presley, reported AAP, has sold for more than half-a-million dollars. The jet had been sitting in Roswell, New Mexico for 35 years.

The press agency said that the plane sold at auction for $US430,000 ($576,000) to an undisclosed buyer. It added that the auction house said Elvis designed the interior that has gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet.

It added the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engine and needs a restoration of its cockpit.
In the 1970s, reported Anthony O’Grady, when Elvis was constantly touring America, many of his shows presented him as a bloated, pallid parody of his own legend. Remarkably, though, his voice never failed.

He died in 1977, 40 years ago, since he passed away.

SUPER MONEY-MAKER

Early after his death, his frantic fans were crying on his anniversary “is this the year you planned to do something different”… “I wondering when you are going to come out of hiding”… “If you could drop me a line to say you are well” … “I know deep down that you you’re alive” and so on.

Even when he was dead or alive, Elvis was still the super money-maker of all facet of music.

It’s 40 years ago that the undisputed King of Rock n’ Roll died at Graceland, his Memphis home. Officials of Memphis are still saying that Elvis is purported to bring millions of dollars a year to his home town.

In a career that spanned 23 years, he made 33 movies and dozens of hit records as a matter of course. He went from Memphis truck driver to the most successful and remembered rock star the world has known.

GROSSLY OVERWEIGHT

Born into poverty in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis was the surviving member of twins. His first public appearance was at a Country Fair where he sang Old Shep at the age of 10. In 1954, while working as a driver, he was discovered by Sun Records supremo Sam Phillips.

His first hit, That’s All Right Mama, was released in August.

He was with Sun Records for two years and then he signed with manager Colonel Tom Parker who moved him to RCA Records and topped charts around the world with Heartbreak Hotel. Even a two-year stint in the army could not dent his spectacular popularity.

Sadly, his health deteriorated in the mid-70s due to his dependence on drugs. By the time of his death, he was grossly overweight and obviously ailing.

The legend lives on, and it is the measure of his greatness that we still pay homage to the King of Rock today.

<< Anthony O’Grady, Anthony Batson in New York. They were journalists on the Sun, Sydney, now defunct; Frank Morris.

Pictures: The legend lives on! A special A3-sized poster showing the many facets of his personality during his ongoing climb as the King of Rock a’ Roll. The poster was drawn by Steve McNally. The end. The newspaper tells all.


A BODY OF TALENT: IN ITS 12TH YEAR OF PERFORMING FOR THE PUBLIC ON A HIGH-RANKING TELEVISION SHOW, YTT ARE NEARING THE END OF THEIR ILLUSTRIOUS CAREERS. SOME OF THE STARS WHO WERE PART OF THE SHOW INCLUDED DEBRA BYRNE, JAMIE REDFERN, JOEY PERRONE, TINA ARENA AND DANNI MINOGUE.

SMALL SCREEN SUCCESS: PART 2. YOUNG TALENT TIME MAGIC PACKS ‘EM IN

FRANK MORRIS

The latest crop on Johnny Young’s Talent Time is poised to rewrite the record books at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Bookings have been “so great” for YTT’s family Christmas spectacular that promoters have had to slot in a third concert. Over the last four weeks the box office has been running hot, and ticket sales have exceeded the 25,000 mark.

“The third concert was scheduled because of the demand.” Promoter Henry Hess told this column. “It’s quite an achievement for an Australian show. 

ONE OF THE SUCCESS STORIES

Television’s Young Talent Time, which some critics said would not last, is one of the success stories of Australian entertainment.

A few weeks ago the show clocked up its 600th episode on the Channel 9 network.

When Johnny Young started YTT 12 years ago he expected it to run for 13 weeks. Some of Australia’s best known TV and club stars began their show business careers with the show. Today, many formers YTTers are in demand overseas.

<< Written in 1984.

Picture: Poster girl! Tina Arena has made a life of her own after YTT folded.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 07 July 17

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