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The Lost Battleship

It was November 1941, at the height of World War II, when the pride of the Australian Navy, the battle cruiser HMAS Sydney, disappeared off the West Australian coast somewhere near Geraldton. Survivors from the German raider Kormoran told of a battle at sea with the Sydney, and how it was seen ablaze shortly before their own ship sunk, but there were no survivors from the Sydney's crew. The mystery was only solved in March 2008, when the wreckage was finally located offshore.

Geraldton is home to an evocative memorial to the Sydney and its crew. On a hill with sweeping views across the Indian Ocean, it features a woman looking out to sea anxiously waiting for a sighting, as well as a superb silver dome of 645 seagulls in flight -- one for each lost sailor.

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