Sub sur­faces

VET­ERAN CLUB’S REPLICA MODEL TO BE UN­VEILED

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Tim Slater

A REPLICA of a minia­ture British submarine used dur­ing World War II is set to be un­veiled at the Bal­divis head­quar­ters of the To­tally and Par­tially Dis­abled Veter­ans Club of WA on An­zac Day.

The replica sub weighs al­most one tonne and was built from re­cy­cled scrap metal in the Kal­go­or­lie work­shop of Laurie and his son Cory Drage over the past six months as a gift to the club.

Mr Drage se­nior, who is a Viet­nam Vet­eran from Port Kennedy, said the club had sup­ported him and he hoped the submarine would help lift its pro­file and mem­ber­ship base.

“I got all the spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the submarine off the in­ter­net from the British Govern­ment be­cause they were a se­cret weapon,” Mr Drage said.

“We got some draw­ings, made it all up and then built it.”

The 5.5 me­tre, two-man Char­iot “hu­man tor­pedo” sub­marines were used to get British frog­men close to en­emy ships and place de­tach­able war­heads or mines on them.

Mr Drage said the club’s mem­bers were ex­cited about the ar­rival of the replica submarine.

“It’s a big deal for the club and it’s the only one of its kind in Aus­tralia,” he said.

Mr Drage said the club catered for all veter­ans and serv­ing mem­bers of the Aus­tralian De­fence Force, whether they had a dis­abil­ity or not.

Club pres­i­dent Les Crowe said a lot of com­mu­nity work had gone into the project.

“We’ve now got some­thing that is so rare,” he said.

He said there were a lot of veter­ans and ser­vice per­son­nel in the re­gion.

“We want to get the mes­sage out that we’ve got a club here for them,” he said.

The replica is set to be un­veiled at the club’s head­quar­ters, 1677 Man­durah Road, Bal­divis, at 2pm next Tues­day.

Veter­ans have also been in­vited to a gold coin gun­fire break­fast at the club af­ter the Port Kennedy Dawn Ser­vice con­cludes.

Laurie Drage, Mark Ashby, Scott Goodrick, John Bee­vis and Rick Avery with the mini-submarine that will be un­veiled on An­zac Day.

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