a reply to: JohnnyCanuck
Might be a bit off topic but.....
I enjoy the story of the Erebus simply because I used to dive on HMVS Cerebus in Port Phillip Bay near Melbourne Victoria.
Some interesting facts about the name HMVS Cerebus
Launched in 1868 Cerberus is the only remaining breastwork monitor class warship left in the world. Cerberus not only has its hull but also its gun
turrets and its guns.
Cerberus was the first of the modern battleships.
Preceding HMS Devastation by almost three years, Cerberus was the first British warship to dispense completely with sail power and to incorporate the
Cerberus was the first, and is the only remaining example, of a Monitor having a central superstructure.
The design for the Cerberus was the first in the world to incorporate the combination of a central superstructure with fore and aft gun turrets.
Cerberus is the only substantially intact surviving warship of any of Australia's pre-Federation colonial navies.
Cerberus is the oldest as well as the only surviving inaugural warship, to have served in the Royal Australian Navy.
Cerberus represented Cutting Edge Technology from the 1860's.
Cerberus was the flagship and most powerful warship of the Victorian Navy. In addition it was the most powerful warship of any of the Australian
Cerberus incorporated the latest developments in metallurgy, steam power, gun turrets and the use of low freeboard.
Cerberus was the first armoured warship built for Australia.
Ship of the similar famous name. Spent many days snorkelling and later scuba on this little ship. Scuttled in later years and utilised as a break
wall for small boats. Hull remained above the water line with those massive guns.
Thanks for the story. Some pics of the ship I knew to follow.
edit on 1-4-2015 by bally001 because: (no reason given)