Mac (Mackenzie J. Gregory)

Mac Gregory
23 July 2016

In loving memory of Mac Gregory
9 February 1922 - 27 August 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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Last Post

Last Post - click to read moreSadly Mac did not live to see his dream materialise. But he would no doubt have been delighted that the statue has been erected as he envisaged many years ago, on the foreshore at Port Melbourne looking out at the entry to Port Phillip Bay, the point from where as a young midshipman he left for WW II and from where his ashes were scattered on 3 September 2014, on the outgoing tide. Read the article.

MAC GREGORY’S VISION TO BE UNVEILED Ceremony will commence at 10.00am on Friday 27 November 2015

Visitors to Ahoy will be pleased to know that Mac’s long held dream to erect a bronze commemorative statue of a World War II sailor “Answering the Call” is to be unveiled by Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO CSC RAN Chief of Navy and Patron of the Naval Heritage Foundation of Australia Inc. Read the article.

I am honoured to have known you a little Mac

I am honoured to have known you a little Mac, and I am thinking of you and your family. RIP with your fellow shipmates. I salute you Mac. Read the article.

Condolences from a baby Bracegirdle

I am so sorry that this consummate gentleman has died and Mac was an inspiration to my late Father, to myself and many more. Read the article.

Condolences - Pattie Wright

I met Mac back in 2009 when I was doing the early research prep on work for a biography of CPO Ray Parkin - HMAS Perth. Read the article.

Mac Was My Inspiration - Bruce M. Petty New Zealand

Mac Was My Inspiration - Bruce M. Petty New Zealand - click to read moreI met Mac in Melbourne over ten years ago on my way to New Zealand, where I now live. Even before I met Mac I interviewed him long distance for a book I was writing about naval officers in the Pacific War...


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Rest in Peace Sailor - Ron Riml USA

Ships Bell CanberraI served aboard USS Canberra from 1966 through 1968, and was lucky enough to visit Melbourne on her cruise there. Best ship I was ever assigned! Read the article.

Condolences - John Magee

He had an interest in HMS Pathfinder and had contacted the Queensferry History Group.



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Condolences - Michael Burton Finland

I wrote and asked him about the convoy RB1 which sailed from USA and England, he published the article I sent. 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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Confederate Armed Raiders of the American Civil
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

* 23 July 2016 - Last Post:

* 13 November 2015 - MAC GREGORY’S VISION TO BE UNVEILED Ceremony will commence at 10.00am on Friday 27 November 2015:

* 08 November 2015 - Letters: Marine Phoenix I too sailed on her in C May 1947 from Sydney to San Francisco

* 11 July 2015 - Letters: My great-uncle, John Cotton, was an able seaman on ss Demeterton which was intercepted and sunk by SMS Moewe in March 1917

* 08 July 2015 - I am honoured to have known you a little Mac:

* 04 July 2015 - PLUTO. (Pipe line under the ocean.):

* 15 June 2015 - Condolences from a baby Bracegirdle:

* 01 June 2015 - Condolences - Pattie Wright:

* 24 April 2015 - Letters: Harry Irwin Rouse served in HMAS Canberra

* 20 April 2015 - Letters: von Luckner...help please I am writing a monograph

* 20 April 2015 - Letters: Gerald Hutchinson, oldest living survivor of SS Athenia?

* 20 April 2015 - The Athenia Remembered: September 3, 1939-September 3, 2004 by Michael Poirier:

* 27 January 2015 - Mac Was My Inspiration - Bruce M. Petty New Zealand:

* 25 January 2015 - Index to Tributes and Remembrances in memory of Mackenzie J Gregory
(9 February 1922 - 27 August 2014):

* 25 January 2015 - Tributes and Remembrances  - Mac Gregory Mackenzie J. Gregory
(9 February 1922 - 27 August 2014):



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