Submerged - Stories of Australia’s Shipwrecks.
See it before it ends on 8th January!
Maritime stories come to life with Submerged – Stories of Australia’s Shipwrecks. There is less than one week to go until this travelling exhibition, comes to an end on 8th January!
Australia’s coast is the final resting place of over 11,000 shipwrecks – roughly one wreck for every three kilometres of coastline. Submerged – Stories of Australia’s Shipwrecks uncovers Australia’s rich shipwreck history with 14 wreck stories featured in the nationally touring panel exhibition.
Submerged is presented by the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Australian Maritime Museums Council and is the result of a national project with workshops held across the country to develop the exhibition and to source shipwreck stories. 68 shipwreck stories were nominated by 46 maritime museums and heritage institutions from around Australia with 14 of the most compelling stories selected to feature in the exhibition.
Batavia, a Dutch merchant vessel, is the oldest wreck featured in the exhibition. Its 1629 loss on Beacon Island, and subsequent mutiny, is one of the most dramatic events in Dutch and Australian history. Samuel Wright was a North American whaling ship which was blown ashore in 1840 in Koombana Bay and is buried in reclaimed land.
The exhibition also features wrecks of steamers, schooners, trawlers, motors vessels and a submarine - HMAS AE2 which was lost in 1915 during the First World War in the Sea of Marmara, Turkey.
A special additional story panel is included in the exhibition during its visit to Albany, featuring the Cheynes II disastrous research voyage to Heard Island, Antarctica in 1983. The Cheynes II is now one of Albany's most iconic and visible wrecks, rusting away in the shallows of Albany Harbour, after losing its moorings during a 1992 storm.
Australian National Maritime Museum director Kevin Sumption said “As an island nation, shipwrecks are a very 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.”
Submerged – Stories of Australia’s Shipwrecks is on a two year national tour across regional Australia. All 68 submitted shipwreck stories are available now on the AMMC website in a digital archive.
The exhibition is assisted by the Australian Government Visions of Australia program.
Submerged – Stories of Australia’s Shipwrecks is on display at Albany's Historic Whaling Station until 8th January 2019. Entry to the exhibition is included with your admission ticket.