Our ship­wreck coast

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Pic­ture: Brad Don­ald­son

There are more than 30 ship­wrecks along the south coast, among them the Cheynes II pic­tured. They and other ship­wrecks in WA wa­ters are part of a new ex­hi­bi­tion start­ing at Dis­cov­ery Bay on Mon­day.

Aban­doned ship­wrecks line Aus­tralia’s coast­line and the mar­itime tales be­hind these wrecks will come to life in a new ex­hi­bi­tion.

Sub­merged — Sto­ries of Aus­tralia’s Ship­wrecks opens next week at Albany’s His­toric Whal­ing Sta­tion and fol­lows 14 wrecks in the na­tional tour.

An es­ti­mated 11,000 ship­wrecks lie off the Aus­tralian coast and the 14 most com­pelling tales were se­lected from 68 nom­i­na­tions.

The Albany leg of the tour will in­clude a special panel fea­tur­ing Cheynes II and its dis­as­trous re­search voy­age to Heard Is­land, Antarc­tica in 1983.

Now one of Albany’s most iconic and vis­i­ble wrecks, it lies in the shal­lows of Albany Har­bour, af­ter los­ing its moor­ings dur­ing a 1992 storm.

Aus­tralian Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum direc­tor Kevin Sump­tion said that as an is­land na­tion, ship­wrecks are an im­por­tant part of Aus­tralia’s rich mar­itime her­itage.

“The Aus­tralian Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum is de­lighted to be part­ner­ing with the Aus­tralian Mar­itime Mu­se­ums Coun­cil to un­lock these fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries and re­mem­ber ev­ery­one who lost their lives on our coast.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion also fea­tures wrecks of steam­ers, schooners, trawlers, mo­tors ves­sels and a sub­ma­rine — HMAS AE2 lost dur­ing World War 1 in the Sea of Mar­mara. off Turkey.

All 68 sub­mit­ted ship­wreck sto­ries are avail­able now on the AMMC web­site in a dig­i­tal archive.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is pre­sented by the Aus­tralian Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum and the Aus­tralian Mar­itime Mu­se­ums Coun­cil.

Sub­merged — Sto­ries of Aus­tralia’s Ship­wrecks opens Mon­day Oc­to­ber 8 and will run un­til Tues­day, Jan­uary 8. En­try to the ex­hibit is in­cluded with ad­mis­sion tick­ets.

The Cheynes II dur­ing its whal­ing life at Cheynes Beach Whal­ing Com­pany.

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