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Danny252

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The HMS Cornwall Mystery Stone
« on: December 15, 2016, 07:37:38 pm »
In 2007, the pictured stone was unearthed during dock extension works at Simon's Town, South Africa, which was an RN Naval Base during WW2. HMS Cornwall had been dry docked at Simon's Town in 1940/41, and a similar crest exists on the dry dock walls.

However, what's strange about this stone is the date, 1946 - because HMS Cornwall was sunk on 5 April 1942! The current best theory is that the initals, "APJ", are those of a survivor of the sinking or other member of the navy with links to HMS Cornwall; the closest link the town's historical society can find is a known South African survivor "Jack, PA" - initial PAJ. The notice associated with the rock asks that any one with a better idea or link comes forward - see second image.

Now, if any group of people have the ability to solve an obscure naval mystery involving a ship that sank four years before a reference to that ship...  ::)


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Re: The HMS Cornwall Mystery Stone
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2016, 08:27:24 pm »
Fascinating. I wonder if the end of the war saw APJ waiting and waiting for the chance to celebrate that ship in monumental fashion?  :) :) :)  It would explain how it came about in 1946 instead of 1942

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Re: The HMS Cornwall Mystery Stone
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2016, 01:23:26 am »
Man the yards and cheer Attie Martiens!