Saw taken to Brown wreck
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.”
The wreck after the ribs were sawn off.