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Below is a list of links to the main pages about our yacht, Catlypso and our Our Yachting Adventures:
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    Current Kareela Weather
    A summary of the current weather conditions at our house at Kareela, Sydney, is below. Click here for more Detailed Diving Weather and Conditions. Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station


    Conditions at
    23:49 on 23/1/17

     
    Temperature 25.6°C
    Humidity 65.0%
    Barometer 1003.4hPa
    Rate -0.3hPa/hr
    Wind Speed: 0 km/hr
    Wind Direction S
    Rainfall for Today 0.0mm
    Rainfall last hour 0.0 mm
    Rainfall last 24 hours 0.0 mm
    Rainfall at Start of Month 814.6 mm
    Rainfall this Year 827.0 mm
    Today's Extremes
    High Temperature 31.2°C at 15:48
    Low Temperature 20.9°C at 6:27
    Peak Wind Gust 0km/hr at 0:00
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Kirrawee Weather Station
    Yesterday's Extremes
    High Temperature 27.5°C at 17:11
    Low Temperature 19.8°C at 6:29
    Rainfall at Start of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Rainfall at End of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station
    Astronomical Data
    Sunrise 5:06
    Sunset 19:05
    Moonrise 1:09
    Moonset 15:04

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    Sydney Dive Site Hints
    "The SS Hilda is a nice wreck within reach of experienced divers"
    SS President Coolidge - References
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - SS President Coolidge References SS President Coolidge References:
  • The Good Ships of Newport News by Alexander Crosby Brown - page 197
  • Newport News Shipbuilding - The First Century
  • Ships Built by Newport News Shipbuilding - page 8
  • Histories of Newport News Ships
  • Always Good Ships by William A. Fox - page 35
  • Newport News Shipbuilding - The First Century - pages 132, 146, 179
  • Lloyds Register various years
  • The New Dollar Liners approx 1931
  • Last Minutes of the President Coolidge by Frank Cameron, MAST magazine, May 1946, pages 18-20
  • Records of Proceedings, Nelson Document 72990 - Judge Advocate General, File A17-10 also Document 71972
  • The Lady and the President - The Life and Loss of the S.S. President Coolidge by Peter Stone
  • American President Lines Web Site
  • Shipbuilding and Shipping Record - August 13, 1931 - page 213
  • Shipbuilding and Shipping Record - December 17, 1931 - pages 784 to 789
  • Shipbuilding and Shipping Record - December 24, 1931 - pages 806 to 811
  • First hand account of the sinking by Richard Schneider who was on the ship when it sank.
  • First hand account of the sinking by Max Evans who was on the ship when it sank.
  • First hand account of the sinking by Joe Ignatz who was on the ship when it sank.
  • First hand account of the sinking by Roy H. Dobbins, Ship's Carpenter - sent to me by his daughter Julie Dobbins
  • Copies of original papers from the Commission given to me by Kevin Green of Aquamarine Diving, Santo
  • Troopships of World War II by Roland W. Charles, Wash, DC: Army Trans Assoc, 1947. p. 136.
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships Vol 2 - 1963, pages 96-97
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships Vol 6 - 1963, pages 246-248
  • USS Salem Web Site on US Fighting Ships
  • USS Salem Web Site on US Fighting Ships
  • Historical and Pictorial Review, 43d Infantry Division, Camp Shelby, Mississippi, 1942. Baton Rouge: Army & Navy Pub, 1941. 111 p.
  • Macarthur a film by WGBH Foundation, broadcast 27 May 1999 by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Channel 2) as part of The Big Picture
  • The Struggle for Guadalcanal - Vol 5 of History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. by Samuel E. Morison, Boston: Little, Brown, 1950. pp. 181-82.
  • U.S. Army. 43d Inf Div. Winged Victory: The Story of the 43rd Infantry Division Baton Rouge: Army & Navy Pub, 1946. pp. 13-14.
  • U.S. Navy Dept. Office of Info. Navy Department Communiques 1-300 and Pertinent Press Releases. Wash, DC: GPO, 1943. p. 145. 2 Dec 1942 press release.
  • The History of the 43d Infantry Division, 1941-1945 by Joseph E. Zimmer, Baton Rouge: Army & Navy Pub, 1945. pp. 14-15.
  • Discussions with Allan Power, November 1991
  • Personal conversations with Barry May, Scuba Expo, Sydney, 1995
  • Web Site about Brisbane in WWII - 8th Photo Recon
  • US Merchant Marine Web Site
  • E-mails and photographs from Richard P. Toulson, Los Altos, California
  • E-mails from Walter J. Wall Jr, who was in the 103rd Field Artillery
  • E-mails from Burt Jacquith, current owner of the SS President Coolidge wreck.
  • Oral History: Lt Ruth Erickson, NC, USN at Naval Historical Center Web Site
  • E-mails dated 3 June 2001 from Larkin Hosmer, son of Craig Hosmer, commander of the ship's Naval gun crews
  • Armed Guard Unit Log Book - S.S. President Coolidge by C. Craig Hosmer, Lt (jg), D.V(G), USNR, Commanding Officer, Armed Guard Unit
  • Email dated 5 February 2002 from Robert Dodd of Eagan, Minnesota (his father travelled on Coolidge in March/April 1942)
  • Email dated 10 February 2002 from John Ritz of Hopkinton, Massachusetts whose father Joseph Ritz modifed 155 mm guns in Noumea for transport on Coolidge
  • Letter dated 6 April 2002 from Rosalie Smith of Cedar City, Utah, who travelled on Coolidge 27 November to 25 December 1941
  • The United States Army in World War II - The War in the Pacific - Guadalcanal: The First Offensive by John Miller, Jr, page 212
  • USS St LouisWeb Site
  • Web Site about Brisbane in WWII - 4th Air Defence Group
  • Willamette University Football Team
  • Web Site about Frank Bergman
  • Web Site about Gareth Jones
  • Peter Dunn's Australia at War Web Site
  • Peter Dunn's Australia at War Web Site
  • To China and Back by Bill Wilson
  • Letters and notes from Josephine W. and Royal H. Fisher provided by Henry D. Fisher, Willow Street, PA, USA
  • E-mail and personal discussions dated 2002 with Stephen Parisi, survivor of the sinking
  • E-mail from Sue Stephenson whose father Charles J. Stephenson was on the Coolidge when she sank
  • E-mail from Michael A. Jones, Sr from Hot Springs, Arkansas, dated 19 September 2002
  • E-mail from Dan Scott dated 13 February 2003
  • Steamboat Bill, Issue 242, Summer 2002 - the journal of the Steamship Historical Society of America
  • Certificate presented to Private First Class Wilbur O. Root, 20149675, 172nd Infantry and Combat Team
  • E-mail from Stanford S. Silverman, member of 37th Infantry Division, dated 2 May 2005
  • E-mail from Laura Barlow, daughter of John Barlow, crew member (still alive March 2006 aged 84)
  • Web site about Richard Halliburton
  • Telephone conversation with Des Woodley, 10 March 2014
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