Edward Chapman - Carrier pigeons

Running time
59 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


We had no radio communications. We had no dinghies or that. The only thing we had on board was the Mae West life jackets if anything happened.

And for communications we had carrier pigeons we took to sea every time we went out and they came to our rescue one night at Hervey Bay. We broke down. The skipper just got two of the pigeons out, put messages on them and two hours later there was the harbour master marine boat from Maryborough came and towed us back to port.

People laugh when you tell them you had carrier pigeons for communications.

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