Mac (Mackenzie J. Gregory)

Mac Gregory
16 November 2014

This site is dedicated to all "Who went down to the sea in ships" in World War 2, in whatever capacity they may have served the cause of freedom, but especially to the Eighty Four Officers and Men who died in H.M.A.S. Canberra at the Battle of Savo Island, on the 9th of August, 1942. 

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Here are my latest 12 articles.  See the article listletters archive, or site map to see all of them or to get your bearings. Links to the main features are in the right hand column. If you can't find what you are looking for, try this search page. There is also a search link on each page. 

Tribute: "Rewarding Friendship" from Terry Kearns, USA

Working with him for the last 13 years has been one of the most rewarding things in my life. Though we never in person except via two phone calls, I consider him a close friend. Read the article.

A Tribute to Mackenzie Gregory from Sandy Nelson, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Mac helped me a tremendous amount with the research for my children’s book ... It was very special to me that I was able to dedicate my story to Mac, and to meet him and his wife Denise when my family and I visited Melbourne in 2011. Read the article.

From the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral T. W. Barrett AO, CSC RAN

I am delighted to know that the Naval Heritage Foundation of Australia will continue on and I am honoured to accept your invitation to be the Foundation's patron. Read the article.

Mac Gregory’s long held dream to erect a naval memorial to eventuate

Click to read more.Visitors to Ahoy will recall that many years ago Mac announced that he had founded the Naval Heritage Foundation of Australia Inc. with one of its purposes being to commission artists to create a statue to commemorate and symbolize all Naval personnel in Victoria.

Louis Laumen has commenced work on the clay model and it is anticipated that the bronze statue will take approximately eight months to complete. Mac had hoped to unveil it in mid April 2015, prior to the Centenary of ANZAC.

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Goodbye Mac - Mackenzie J. Gregory (9 February 1922  - 27 August 2014)

Mac Gregory, R.I.P click to read moreMac Gregory’s family wishes to advise his many friends and legion of Ahoy followers that Mac died on August 27th, 2014.

We have created a new email and welcome your tributes and remembrances. ahoy.weblog@gmail.com


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A Tale of Two Stories, Correcting the injustice done to Eric Geddes, R. A. A. F.

The following article concerns two stories, one is true and one is false. The true story is told by Eric Geddes, Royal Australian Air Force and the accuracy is confirmed by Captain Emile I. Bonnot, United States Navy.The false story is told by Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison, United States Navy. Read the article.

Krait story updated in January 2014

Now in January of 2014, this 21 metre, 60 tonne vessel is to be lifted from the water and preserved as a permanent display at the National Maritime Museum at Sydney's Darling Harbour. Read the article.

SS Pfalz target of First Angry Shot OF WW1 Fired by a 6-inch Gun Battery at Point Nepean

Click to read articleI believe that the 6 inch battery at Point Nepean had just been informed by telephone that we were at war with Germany the ship was to be stopped or sunk. it had fired a 100 pound 6 inch shell across Pfalz's bows to land some 50 yards to starboard ... Read the article.

How High Can Birds Fly?

Click to read articleI was sitting in my chair the other morning gazing out of our third floor apartment window, as a flock of seagulls sped by. In my mind they triggered the question, /just how high can birds fly? Read the article.

The Enigma of Sir Anthony Eden

But like Churchill he was careful not to publicly decry Chamberlain and his government, both men were hoping to to be invited to rejoin the government benches, but it was not to be. Read the article.

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A site Bismarck and the effort to present crew members in portraits and biographical sketches

A new site about the Bismarck and the effort to present crew members in
portraits and biographical sketches in German and English

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Under Water Warfare
Enemy Submarine Activity off the Australian Coast in WW2
H.M.A.S. Canberra and the Battle of Savo Island
Interview with Australians at War Film Archives
Index to Naval Battles on AHOY
Battle of the Atlantic. September 1939 - May 1945. Index to Ahoy Articles
Naval Battles in the Solomon Islands over August / November 1942 turn the tide of the Pacific War
Count Felix von Luckner: Index of Ahoy's articles and correspondence
HMS Voltaire Pages
The Athenia Pages
The Battle For Convoy ONS 5. 26th.April - 6th. May 1943
Adolf Hitler and his WW2 Field Marshals
Jervis Year. The Class of 1936. Royal Australian Naval College
Passport to the World over 64 years. Pages from my Travel Diary
Early Explorations of Australia
Index to Submarine articles
Index to Naval Operations articles
Gentlemen Cordite: Lieutenant Commander Warwick Bracegirdle, RAN

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Latest updates

* 16 November 2014 - From the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral T. W. Barrett AO, CSC RAN:

* 16 November 2014 - Tribute: "Rewarding Friendship" from Terry Kearns, USA:

* 16 November 2014 - A Tribute to Mackenzie Gregory from Sandy Nelson, Aotearoa, New Zealand:

* 11 November 2014 - Mac Gregory’s long held dream to erect a naval memorial to eventuate:

* 11 November 2014 - Goodbye Mac - Mackenzie J. Gregory (9 February 1922  - 27 August 2014):

* 06 September 2014 - Survivors from Athenia rescued by Royal Navy destroyers, Escort, Electra and Fame, and landed at Gourock on the Clyde, Scotland:

* 06 September 2014 - I have been asked to identify these 4 County Class cruisers:

* 06 September 2014 - Letters: William Turner was a merchant seaman, a steward on this SS Ramillies and he was lost presumed drowned on 8th May 1941

* 06 September 2014 - Trilogy of The War At Sea. Written and self published by Mackenzie Gregory.:

* 06 September 2014 - Letters: New book project on the Battle of Savo Island

* 06 September 2014 - Letters: Mrs. Hannah Baird lost in Athenia sinking

* 06 September 2014 - Letters: Linking from ubootwaffe.net

* 06 September 2014 - Letters: John Campbell (aka Ian Campbell) served on the Veteran on the convoys during WW2

* 06 September 2014 - Letters: HMNZS Achilles

* 06 September 2014 - Letters: HMHS Gerusalemme



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