Bob Meade writes:
Today's Sydney Morning Herald has a minor editorial piece, "Giving Sydney the green light." It's on page 30 of the paper. It's meant to be a snide article about the traffic disruption being caused in Sydney wherever President Bush goes. Specifically the (traditionally) anonymous writer refers to yesterday's journey by President Bush "to the National Maritime Museum to visit the bell from HMAS Canberra ..."
However as you know from my piece here, and Mackenzie Gregory's account here, the bell Pres. bush visited is the ship's bell from the USS Canberra, a United States Ship named at the direction of President Roosevelt in honor of the HMAS Canberra. HMAS (His Majesty's Australian Ship) Canberra was sunk in the Battle of Savo Island on the 9th of August, 1942 with the loss of 84 Officers and Men.
The ship's bell of HMAS Canberra can be safely assumed to be resting in the ship's watery grave at
Why waste time with fact-checking, eh? If you pointed this out to the editorial writer the response would probably be - 'yeah, whatever'.