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Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth are seen together in a rare shot in early September, 1941 while both liners taking part in Convoy US 12A. The two are seen under escort, heading to a rendezvous point with the Australian cruiser Canberra. This picture was taken from the stern of the HMAS Sydney (D48), who’s fantail can be seen in the foreground. The famous Australian warship would be lost with all hands, a few months after this picture was taken, following an epic battle with the armed, and disguised German cargo vessel Kormoran, on 19 November, 1941.

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Convoy US.12A sailed Fremantle 9/Sep/41 , arriving Suez 25/Sep/41. QM carried 5718 troops; QM carried 5703.
http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/misc/index.html

PS There is a reference to "Sydney", QM and QE leaving Port Jackson (Sydney) on 4th September. "Sydney" escorted the two liners to the rendezvous with "Canberra" which took place 'somewhere in the Australian Bight'.
 

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I've been trying to work out where this was taken as the island in the background looks familiar. Given that it appears to be the Free-o to Suez convoy I can only assume this was taken at the south end of the Red Sea near the Haycocks.
 

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According to various accounts "Sydney" handed over the escort to "Canberra" between Port Jackson and Fremantle. Subsequently "Sydney" was on escort duties in Australian waters/ Eastern Indian Ocean and the furthest west she got was the Sunda Strait. It was on the return from one of these trips she encountered and was sunk by 'Kormoran'. If the stern in the photo is that of "Sydney" the location must be on the Australian coast west of Port Jackson.
 

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Looking behind the single life raft on the right, it looks like there's a launching rack containing depth charges. Anyone know if "Sydney" was so equipped?

Clyde (cunard61)
 

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According to Wikipedia entry on "Sydney" - "Sydney was fitted with a single depth charge rail at the stern, which held five Mk VII depth charges."
 

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