FALSE REPORT OF AN ATTACK OF
A FRENCH SHIP BY TWO TORPEDOES
OFF BROKEN BAY, NSW
ON 14 SEPTEMBER 1939

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On 14 September 1939, a French steamer reported it had been attacked by two torpedoes on 14 September 1939 just 15 miles off Broken Bay in New South Wales. HMAS Swan was sent to investigate the report. After an all night search, HMAS Swan reported nothing found.

The likelihood of an attack by German submarines at that time was a low probability. Britain and France had declared war on Germany on 3 September 1939 with Australia declaring war on 10 September 1939. By the end of September 1939, the routine Anti-submarine patrol off Sydney was stopped as the the Australian Commonwealth Naval Board were by then comfortable that enemy submarines posed no immediate danger.

 

REFERENCES

"A Critical Vulnerability - The Impact of the Submarine Threat on Australia's Maritime Defence 1915 - 1954
by David Stevens

 

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