Saw taken to Brown wreck

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

A TWO Rocks res­i­dent is con­cerned a cen­tury-old tim­ber wreck on a Yanchep beach has been van­dalised.

Ruth An­nes­ley vis­ited the Alex T Brown wreck on Au­gust 17, then returned last Tues­day to find it had been dam­aged, most likely on Au­gust 20 or 21.

“We dis­cov­ered that two sec­tions of the hull ribs had been sawn off by a chain­saw,” she said.

“I can­not un­der­stand why some­one would want to van­dalise a lo­cal relic.”

Ac­cord­ing to WA Mu­seum, the ship built in 1903 was blown ashore near The Spot in a heavy gale on May 30, 1917 after leav­ing Fre­man­tle.

The mu­seum’s mar­itime ar­chae­ol­ogy cu­ra­tor Ross Anderson said while the wreck was not pro­tected as a his­toric wreck, it was still im­por­tant to WA’s mar­itime his­tory.

“Cur­rently there are no penal­ties. How­ever the WA Mu­seum is in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cial chan­nels to pro­vide ur­gent pro­tec­tion for the site,” he said.

“The USA-built Alex T Brown is one of only two large four-masted schooner wrecks in Aus­tralia and one of the only ship­wrecks vis­i­ble to the gen­eral pub­lic in the metropoli­tan area.

“WA Mu­seum does not condone van­dal­ism, dam­age or re­moval of ma­te­rial from ship­wrecks or other her­itage sites, whether pro­tected or not.”

Pic­ture: Ruth An­nes­ley

The wreck after the ribs were sawn off.

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