HMAS Bataan AWM ART40040

A view of typhoon ‘Karen’ from the deck of the Royal Australian Navy destroyer HMAS Bataan in high seas, with unidentified ships on the horizon. In a letter to the Director of the Memorial in September 1952 Norton recalled ‘The day after joining “Bataan”, all ships on the coast were forced out to sea by Typhoon “Karen” – and rode out – the backlash of the storm. Norton strove to convey a sense of the Korean coastal landscape and weather during patrols. In his letter he comments on the unpleasant conditions at sea caused by cramped living quarters and tropical weather.

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