All aboard for Australia’s fascinating shipwreck stories…
The Port of Yamba Historical Society is hosting the Australian National Maritime Museum’s touring exhibition SUBMERGED: Stories of Australia’s Shipwrecks from Saturday 1 December – Thursday January 31. The exhibition features stories about the wrecks of merchant vessels, steamers, schooners, whalers and a submarine. The oldest wreck featured is WA’s Batavia. Its 1629 loss on Beacon Island, and subsequent mutiny, is one of the most dramatic events in Dutch and Australian history. Other wrecks include Sanyo Maru, a Japanese motor vessel lost in 1937 in Boucaut Bay NT, British merchant ship Sydney Cove lost in 1797 off Preservation Island, Tasmania and the paddle steamer Wagga Wagga that sank at Narrandera, NSW in 1913. The exhibition also features one shipwreck from outside Australia – Australia’s second submarine HMAS AE2 that was lost in 1915 during the First World War in the Sea of Marmara, Turkey and the re-discovery of other underwater ruins of Gallipoli. Showcasing uniquely powerful images taken by photographer Dr Mark Spencer, a team member of the first comprehensive underwater cultural landscape survey of the Gallipoli battlefield in 2010.
Local shipwrecks include those from the North Coast Steam Navigation Company and fishing trawlers: Sea Dreamer and the Sea Rogue.