NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
15th May, 1943 : A Japanese submarine torpedoed and sank the Australian hospital ship Centaur off the coast near Brisbane yesterday. The sinking cost 268 lives, the biggest loss from a submarine attack in Australian waters. The tragedy was discovered when the American destroyer Mugford, which was escorting the steamer Sussex, picked 63 Centaur survivors from the sea, including the lone woman survivor, Sister Ellen Savage. Survivors said that Centaur had been struck without warning by a torpedo at about 4 a.m. The hospital ship had been brightly lit and properly marked in accordance with the Geneva convention.