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This is another shot of Aquitania taken from the air over the Woolloomooloo Docks in December, 1945. This time the ships are seen from the front. The aircraft carrier HMS Implacable is seen on the left, Aquitania is in the center, and a large battleship can be seen on the far right in the backgrou

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The battleship may be KGV or Duke of York both of which were 'around' late in 1945.
KGV was in Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November that year.
 

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Thanks YM, it's clear somebody knows their battleship's pretty much from the profile, I didn't think anybody would be able to ID the battlewagon as it sits so far back in a photograph that, unfortunately, just isn't very sharp at all.

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Could also be Anson or Howe.
Prince of wales sunk.other four survived war a nd visited Sydney in 1945 during and at wars end.the passenger ship most likely involved in repatriation duty.
 

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Anson seems most likely as she formed part of the Pacific Fleet after the surrender of Japan. KGV was flagship Home Fleet at this time and was relieved by Duke of York in January 1946. Howe returned to Portsmouth January 1946.
 

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The respected Naval History site provides the answer. KGV was at Melbourne at this time, Anson was in Hong Kong, Howe was on passage Hong Kong - UK via Cape Town and Duke of York was in Sydney 21 November until 1 December when she sailed for Tasmania. So, Duke of York.
 

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Thanks for the info Tommy. That would mean the picture could have been taken in the last days of November as well. The liner Aquitania sailed from the berth seen here on 10 December, carrying returning British troops as well as UK civilians who had been stuck in Sydney since the start of the War back in 1939.

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