CDNN :: Found (again) and lost (again): HMAS Sydney
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by PAIGE TAYLOR and TONY BARRASS
CARNARVON, Australia (18 August 2007) — A ROYAL Australian Navy ship has found "nothing of interest" at a wreck site off the West Australian coast that newspapers last week claimed was the resting place of HMAS Sydney.
Not so fast Graham Shepherd, Ian Stiles and Phil Shepherd. According to the Royal Australian Navy, the Shepherds found a 36m barge, not the 170m HMAS Sydney.
Navy sources confirmed that HMAS Leeuwin, a hydrographic survey ship with sophisticated scanning and sonar equipment, had completed its sweep through an area off Dirk Hartog Island, 800km north of Perth, and had reported its findings to Canberra last night.
Fairfax newspapers, the Seven Network and The West Australian claimed last week a group of local enthusiasts had discovered the wreck of the Sydney, which went down in November 1941 with all 645 crew.
But inquiries by The Weekend Australian raised questions about the group's claim that the Sydney rests in 130m of water 20 nautical miles off the island...