27 Jul '14, 9pm
#WWICentenary #WW1Photos #HMAS Melbourne (1) Light Cruiser
responded to the SOS and steamed at full speed through heavy seas and rising winds towards the position given by the schooner. At midnight on the 21st, when all hope appeared to be lost in finding the schooner, the stricken vessel was spotted using the cruisers searchlights. It was far too rough to get the cruiser alongside the schooner so Melbourne launched its cutter with a 16 man volunteer crew to row across to the sinking vessel. Once they were close enough the cutters crew fired a line across to the schooner and then rigged a breeches buoy (basically a flying fox) which was used to bring the crew over to the cutter one by one. Amongst those rescued was the Master of the Helen B. Sterling , his wife and 11 year old son who was on his first trip to sea. Once on board the cutter the crew of the Sterling were rowed back to the Melbourne and then taken to Auckland, New Zea...