Found: Australian hospital ship sunk in WW2
Published on December 21st, 2009 | by Admin1
The loss of the Centaur in 1943 while sailing to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea was one of Australia’s great wartime disasters. Survivors and their relatives have long pressed for the wreck to be found, fearing salvagers would reach it first.
The government eventually supported a search for the vessel.
The sinking of the Centaur was considered a war crime, though no one was ever tried for it. The converted merchant vessel was clearly marked as a hospital ship and had no naval escort, as required by international conventions.
Many of the dead were medical staff.