An Artist Impression originally drawn in graphite of one of the events that took place during the Australian Tobruk campaign of World War II.
On the 14th of April 1941, HMAS WATERHEN (of the ‘Scrap Iron Flotilla’) was called into Tobruk Harbour to tow out the crippled British Hospital Ship ‘VITA’ to an anchorage of about two miles outside the entrance of the harbour. The VITA had been attacked and badly damaged by German Dive Bombers.
Some ‘Rats of Tobruk’ have been portrayed to be taking a breather whilst witnessing the event from a captured Italian Machine Gun Post.
Approximately 1 month later, the WATERHEN was the first casualty of the Royal Australian Navy during the War whilst operating on the ‘Spud Run’ between Alexander and Tobruk; no lives were lost.