And this could be no better time to bring you this wonderful impression of the Montevideo Maru.
In the glory days of shipping, maritime postcards were legion – providing somewhat romanticised views of the main ships of the line.
A couple of weeks ago we provided an impression of what we thought was the Montevideo Maru - which turned out to be a successor ship of the same name.
But this one is the genuine article, for which we thank collector James Hook and computer expert Vim Sharma.
The postcard was originally published by Osaka Shosen Kaisha, the shipping company that owned the ill-fated vessel.
Later today, a group from the Montevideo Maru Memorial Trust will meet with Australian War Memorial director, Major General Steve Gower.
The purpose is to see what can be done to accord proper
recognition to the soldiers and civilians who died as a result of the Japanese
invasion of Rabaul and the
We’ll also be meeting with our legal adviser, Bernard
Collaery, to incorporate the Trust in the
The pursuit of proper official recognition of this worst Australian maritime disaster is well and truly on.