The Alkimos Shipwreck, Yanchep, Western Australia by Elaine Teague

The Alkimos Shipwreck, Yanchep, Western Australia by 

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I took this photo with a film camera in the late 70’s whilst on a trip out in the ocean to see this shipwreck. Scanned and edited in PS with added texture from Brenda Starr
The wreck is now at the point where only the engine block is visible from the beach.

“The ship was built as part of the United States’ Liberty ship program during World War II. It was launched in Baltimore in 1943 and was originally scheduled to be named George M. Shriver. The ship was instead christened Viggo Hansteen and saw war service for about 18 months. After the war it was sold to a Greek shipping company and renamed Alkimos (Greek for “strong”; also the father of Mentor).

As Alkimos, the ship plied the world’s oceans for some two decades. In March 1963, the vessel was on a voyage from Jakarta to Bunbury when it struck a reef off the Western Australian coast. It was salvaged and towed to Fremantle, the port city for Perth, where it underwent repairs for two months. After settlement of a dispute concerning payment for the repairs, the Alkimos left Fremantle under tow by an ocean-going tug from Hong Kong.

Only a few hours out of port, the tow line gave way and the Alkimos was driven onto the shore. Although the ship remained intact, it could not be floated off at that time, and so it was filled with water to secure it in place and left in the charge of an on-board caretaker. Another tug returned in January 1964 and the ship was refloated, but the planned journey to Manila had hardly begun when the tug was seized at sea by authorities and the Alkimos was left anchored. In May 1964, the vessel broke anchor and was driven onto the Eglinton Rocks near present-day Yanchep. On this occasion it was more severely damaged, and all thought of salvaging it intact was abandoned. It was sold by the owners for the purposes of scrapping. However, even that outcome was thwarted when, in 1969,a salvage worker said he heard ghostly noises when he was going to sleep and salvage workers were driven off the wreck by an unexplained fire, and since that time the partly dismantled remains of the ship have been left standing in several metres of water very visible to visitors to the location."

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  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueabout 4 years ago

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejabout 4 years ago

    interesting!! thanks for the information!

  • Thank YOU Linda for commenting.

    – Elaine Teague

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 4 years ago

    lovely work dear Elaine.x

  • Thank you Catherine.

    – Elaine Teague

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 4 years ago

    What an adventure and great memories

  • Thanks Chris.

    – Elaine Teague

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98about 4 years ago

    We used to always be able to see this ship from a distance but in recent years it has all but broken up and disappeared. I often used to wonder whether the ghost story had been made up to deter vandals etc! You did well to be able to get such a close up photo of it, and I do remember that there used to be trips out to view it. Very nicely done Elaine and certainly one for the archives.

  • I was so pleased to rediscover the photos of this in a recently retrieved family album. I have 3 images so might upload a couple more. I probably even have the negs Peter if I search through the pack of them. Thanks for commenting.

    – Elaine Teague

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsabout 4 years ago

    Great image and very interesting story Elaine! Definately into the favourites::))

  • Thanks so much Mary and really appreciate the fave. xx

    – Elaine Teague

  • Andy and Von Quinn
    Andy and Von Q...about 4 years ago

    Nice Image Elaine. Remember the ghost story well but was never able to get a shot of them. Cheers Andy

  • LOL! I’m always up for a good ghost story and I would LOVE to see one.

    – Elaine Teague

  • Adrian Kent
    Adrian Kentabout 4 years ago

    A trip down memory lane! Spooks and all, great Elaine!

  • Thanks Adrian. I had forgotten I’d taken these and was so pleased to find them in a recently retrieved family album.

    – Elaine Teague

  • sky   princess
    sky princessabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture…

  • Thanks very much Sky and for the fave too. xx

    – Elaine Teague

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture! wonderful treatment!

  • Many thanks Carol.

    – Elaine Teague

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