Beached Shipwreck

Michael John

Oatley, Australia

Artist's Description

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In 1935, the Maheno was declared outdated.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.

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