WWII ALLIES: HNLMS JAVA, EVERSTEN and DE RUYTER , pre-WWII at Cirtcular Quay, Sydney Oct 1930 - Samual J. Hood [1872-1953] ANMM.
6398. Since people seemed to be appreciating seeing the ANMM's Sam Hood images of HMNLS JAVA and her escorts in Sydney in Oct. 1930, we thought we'd add one or two more, this tiume night-time scenes.
We've cropped and corrected the orientation of this image - horizontally flipped it that is - to get the proper view of the west side of Circular Quay. The Admiralen Class destroyers HNLMS EVERSTEN and HNLMS DE RUYTER are visible in this image behind JAVA, one partly, and we don't know which is which. As we have mentioned in an earlier entry somewhere, the destroyer HNLMS DE RUYTER's name was changed to VAN GHENT later, when the more familiar cruiser DE RUYTER was given that name.
With Kim Dunstan's help we believe the destroyer VAN GHENT was the ship shown suffering bomb damage in the Gaspar Strait in Feb. 1942 at Pic NO. 6378 about a page back, and she was later grounded and destroyed. In fact all three of these ships were lost during the fall of the Dutch East Indies in Feb-Mar. 1942, JAVA as we have mentioned with exceptionally heavy loss of life, 500 men killed.
Photo: Samuel J. Hood [1872-1953] it is held in the Hood Studio Collection at the Australian National Maritime Museum, object NO. 00034761, and appears on Flickr under ANMM Commons.