Beached Shipwreck by Michael John

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A landmark on 75 Mile Beach in Fraser Island is the shipwreck of the S.S. Maheno.

Maheno was originally built in 1905 as a luxury passenger ship for trans-Tasman crossings. During the First World War the ship served as a hospital ship in the Mediterranean, Gallipoli and the English Channel, before returning to a luxury liner.

In 1935, the Maheno was declared outdated. On June 25, 1935 she was being towed from Melbourne to Japan for scrap metal when she was caught in a strong cyclone. A few days later she drifted ashore and was beached on Fraser Island. During the Second World War the Maheno served as target bombing practice for the RAAF.

Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia.

Mamiya ZM film.

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I live in Australia and enjoy bushwalking in the great outdoors, especially the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

My photographic interests are pretty much related to Australian landscapes, rustic Australia, historic Australia, Australian wildlife, flora, fauna, birds, etc. Guess I love the country I was born and live in.

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  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBluealmost 5 years ago

    Wow interesting facts Mike. Must go and have a look at her someday, Nice shooting mate :)

  • Thanks Julie. It is an amazing site on the beach.

    – Michael John

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanalmost 5 years ago

    Great image and history Michael♥

  • Thanks for your comments Bev!

    – Michael John

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsalmost 5 years ago

    Nice shot Mike & a fascinating piece of history.

  • Thanks for the fave Michael.

    – Michael John

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Well captured Michael … you do get around quite a bit!
    Interesting history … thanks!

  • Thanks Trish. Yes, I have a large backlog of photos!

    – Michael John

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you.

    – Michael John

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 3 years ago

    Varied career for this old lady.

  • She sure has…………

    – Michael John

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