Thursday, May 16, 2013

Underway for Sydney

On today's date in 1943, my dad's ship, Vestal, sailed from Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, to Sydney, Australia. The ship will arrive there on May 22, docking at Cockatoo Island. On the 24th, she will enter drydock for hull cleaning, painting, and repairsand some well-deserved leave time for its weary crew!

Vestal sailed with Commander Task Unit 36.7.2 (Commander Destroyer Division 41), accompanied by destroyers O'Bannon and Radford, which formed an anti-submarine screen. For the next 6 days the convoy will take a standard zig-zagging course to its destination. Vestal will go to general quarters several times, but without serious incident.

Source: USS Vestal War Diary, May 1943

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