There's no flowers on a sailors grave
No lillies on an ocean wave
The only tribute is the seagulls sweep
And the teardrop on a lovers cheek. Anon.
The original HMAS Perth was recommissioned in1939 and was used to patrol Australian waters before being sent to the Mediterranean at the end of 1940. In 1942 HMAS Perth was torpedoed and sunk at the Battle of Sunda Strait (War history HMAS Perth). The bell to the left is from this ship. The HMAS Perth (D38) was built in the USA in 1965. The destroyer was used in the Vietnam War earning honours and commendations for her service. (HMAS Perth (D38)), after this she was used mainly for training exercises before being sunk as a dive wreck off the coast of WA in 2001. The bell to the right is from this ship. Both of the highly polished bells hang in the Perth Town Hall watched over by proud concierge who will if you have the time regale you with tales of the sea. I did have time and I enjoyed every minute.