August 16, 2018
It is with sorrow that we advise the passing of one of our original Vendetta Veterans. Gordon Hill (Able Seaman Stores Assistant HMAS Vendetta 1939-41) was one of the original “Spud Run” veterans. Gordon was 99 years young and was smart as a tack but the body gave up the ghost on Friday 10 August 2018. His funeral will be held in Brisbane at 1000 on 24 August 2018 at the Centenary Memorial Gardens, Wacol Station Road, Wacol.
Gordon first popped onto our radar at the 1998 reunion in Brisbane and has been an active member of the Association for the past 20 years. We will miss him – Gordon your watch is over carry on with fair winds and smooth seas.
June 6, 2018
In the latest edition of Rogues Yarn from the Naval Commemoration Committee of Victoria there is an story on page 2 which talks about the Wackatack that served on HMAS Vendetta. The story was discussed at the recent reunion held in Mildura in May 2018.
April 16, 2018
This picture was sent in recently with a query about its origin.
What you have here is the base of a 4.5 inch shell cartridge. The full cartridge was about a metre in length and was made of solid brass.
During a firing these cartridge casings were left over from a shoot and those that did not roll over the side were gathered up and either returned as scrap brass or as in this case turned into souvenirs. What you have here is a souvenir ash tray made in 1964 from a 4.5 inch brass cartridge used in the guns of HMAS Vendetta. This HMAS Vendetta served with the Royal Australian Navy 1958-79.
The piece sticking up in the middle contained the percussion fuse which ignited the surrounding cordite which became the propellant for the 4.5 inch projectile which was fired on the target.