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Secrets from a Watery Grave USS Houston and HMAS Perth

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Drive Houston, TX, 77030 United States (map)

A Schlumberger lecture with generous support from the US Naval History and Heritage Command and Royal Australian Navy

Dr. Jay Thomas, Naval History and Heritage Command                                                               Commander Scott Craig, Royal Australian Navy

In the early morning of March 1, 1942, under a clear sky and a full moon, the Japanese Imperial Navy sank the USS Houston and the HMAS Perth in the battle of Sunda Strait. The captains of both ships, 696 US sailors and marines, and 375 Australian sailors lost their lives. Forced into captivity, the survivors joined POW’s and civilians who built the Burma Railway, later subject of the film The Bridge on the River Kwai. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of this tragedy, the director of the Naval History and Heritage Command material culture programs and a senior Australian naval officer who participated in dives to the Perth will recount the story of the battle and the efforts to preserve this sacred spot. 


Presented in conjunction with exhibit Guardians of Sunda Strait:  the Wartime Loss of HMAS Perth and USS Houston at the Julia Ideson Library. 

Co-sponsored by Houston Museum of Natural Science
Admission:  HMNS and AIA Members - $12.00

General Admission - $18.00

Use code AIA$6off to obtain discounted tickets by phone at 713.639.4629 or at HMNS box office