Found After 66 Years
The wreck of the missing Royal Australian Navy light cruiser HMAS Sydney II has been discovered barely 12 nautical miles from the remains of the German raider that sank her. The cruiser was lost on 19 November 1941 with her entire crew following a fierce engagement with the HSK Kormoran. The Finding Sydney Foundation located her remains on 16 March some 128 miles from Steep Point on the west coast of Western Australia at a depth of approximately 8,100 feet. The Kormoran had been found four days earlier at nearly the same distance from Steep Point but in a different direction, about 8,400 feet down. Until her discovery, the only traces of the cruiser after the battle were a Carley life-float recovered eight days after the action and a life belt.
The magnitude of the cruiser's discovery to the people of Australia cannot be underestimated. In an e-mail to Naval History, Ted Graham, chairman of HMAS Sydney Search Party Ltd., noted: