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Cities Services Boston Memorial @ Bass Point

On Sunday 21st May 2017
11:00am - 1:00pm Save to calendar

A commemorative ceremony will be held this weekend to honour four Australian soldiers who lost their lives during a maritime military rescue mission at Bass Point.

The service will honour the four Australian soldiers who drowned during the rescue of 62 US men stranded on the ship Cities Service Boston when it ran aground in 1943.

Thirty-five soldiers from the 6 Machine Gun Battalion (AIF) successfully rescued everyone on board the ship which ran aground during a violent storm.

The battalion was stationed at Dapto when it was given the order to assist the rescue. One soldier swam out to the ship in dangerous seas to get a rope and buoy that was thrown overboard by the crew. The men stood on the rocks holding the rope taut while the crew slid along it to the shore.

However, in the final stage of the rescue effort, a large wave washed 10 of the rescuers off the rocks, four of whom drowned.

The last surviving member of the battalion passed away in 2014.

 

Event Days and Times

On Sunday 21st May 2017
11:00 am Save to calendar

Cost

Free

Location

At Bass Point
LOT 2 Bass Point Tourist Road, Shell Cove NSW 2529, Australia

Contact

Contact Name: Shellharbour Council’s Media Officer

Phone: 02 4221 6038

Website: http://www.shellharbour.nsw.gov.au

Categories: General Events

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