Our shipwreck coast
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.