April 20 (Fri) 1945, Sydney, Australia

IWM ABS694 Sydney Br
HMS Belfast in Sydney Harbour, March 1945. Image copr. IWM ABS694

Rain. Buckets of it. Pouring down at the rate of an inch per hour. Thus our welcome to Sydney. Bad visibility, though occasionally the deluge lifted for a short while & we were able to catch a glimpse of green hills, some of them dotted, others covered with light coloured red & green bungalows.

Passed the gate at 1045 and an hour later were secured starboard side to No. 7 berth Woolloomooloo Quay, 24 hours notice for steam.

The trip from Fremantle has been without incident & according to plan. Midshipmen have had more gunnery thrown at them and some navigational work has been done. The seniors in particular are beginning to get down to it as the prospect of exams at Sydney looms larger.

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