What : SS Maheno Shipwreck
Where : 75-Mile Beach, Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia
|Maheno Shipwreck, a must-see attraction on Fraser Island.|
After 5 years of transporting injured soldiers to Australia and New Zealand, the Maheno returned to civilian charge but was subsequently decommissioned and sold to a Japanese shipping company in 1935 as the ship became obsolete. Its new owner intended to salvage usable parts before melting the vessel down to sell as scrap metal.
|For safety reasons, refrain from getting too close to the shipwreck so a camera with a powerful zoom lens would be handy to snap close-up shots.|
After numerous failed attempts to refloat the ship, efforts to remove it was abandoned and the ship became one of the top sights on Fraser Island.
|Maheno's collapsed stern. As time passes, the ruins disintegrate further while the sand slowly swallows up this once magnificent ship.|
|During World War 2, the Maheno served as a target for bombing practice. We were told that none of the 2,000 plus bombs dropped on it managed to get a hit.|
|A ghostly shell of the past. Maheno means "island" in the native Maori language of New Zealand. How befitting that its final resting place is by the beautiful coastline of Fraser Island.|
|The end is eerily beautiful with the Maheno Shipwreck.|
|I see a face.|
|Ashes to ashes, rust to dust.|
This post has been made possible by Tourism Queensland Singapore and CTC Travel.