Life and work intervened and I was not able to follow the story up. However in 2009 at a seafarer’s funeral, I personally held and examined the American passport of (Captain)
In a sense this piece is not radical history, but it is an account of people who have, by and large, been written out of history, and it is an account of Australian warfare that does not easily mesh with traditional accounts of Australia at war. And it is an account of ordinary civilians caught up in the front lines of war, and their subsequent relegation to obscurity by authorities. For those interested in this story, some of my sources are evident in this account; the best starting place otherwise is the splendid Australian online site dedicated to the outfit, the US Army Small Ships Association Incorporated. This should be backed up by reference to the trove of The Fahnestock South Sea Collection held by The American Folklife Center (US Library of Congress).
|The Fahnestock brothers and crew of Director 11|
|Small Ships' plaque, Grace Hotel, Sydney.|
University of Wollongong,
30 July 2012.