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The remarkable story behind the cover up of the voyager incident.

An extraordinary story with all the elements of an epic thriller: a dramatic naval disaster, tragic loss of life, exploits of bravery, court-room action, political intrigue, cover-ups and conspiracies– written by the whistleblower who has finally decided to put pen to paper. There's an old saying that justice delayed is justice denied. It's taken two Royal Commissions and more than forty years for the original whistleblower, Peter Cabban, to tell the story of The Voyager- Australia's greatest naval disaster. Forty long years to tell the truth - one that the Australian navy and others in government would rather we not know. In 1963, Peter Cabban was second in command on the destroyer HMAS Voyager, under Captain Duncan Stevens. Cabban quite liked Stevens but their relationship was strained. The Captain was a notorious alcoholic - his nickname was "Drunken Duncan". Cabban found it difficult to believe that the navy would continue to entrust Stevens with active command. Cabban eventually left the navy and three months later, during night exercises on February 10, 1964, the Voyager inexplicably turned into the path of the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne and was sliced in two. Captain Stevens and two of his senior officers were instantly killed and 82 of her crew perished. Perfectly timed for Father's Day, this is bound to be big in more ways than one. No-one can tell Peter's story like Peter can. Government and naval cover-ups, treachery and betrayals, scapegoats and miscarriages of justice, Cabban, like all reluctant whistleblowers, walked away with his life ruined. This reads like a Tom Clancy but tragically, it's not fiction.


‘Peter Cabban reluctantly blew the whistle… and he can hear it echoing still.’ Good Weekend, SMH

Even after 40 years it is a riveting tale of cover-ups and lies by senior navy officers that reached to the highest levels of government.

The Sun Herald

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    August 1, 2005

    Random House Australia

    384 pages

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    March 1, 2012

    RHA eBooks Adult

    408 pages

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