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Ted Szukalski

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Maheno Shipwreck on Fraser Island


The S.S. Maheno must be one of the Australia’s most famous pieces of beached rust.

Maheno was built in 1905 in Scotland as a luxury passenger ship for Australia to New Zealand crossings. The ship was in service until 1935, when declared outdated it was being towed to Japan for scrapping. Caught in strong cyclone the Maheno got beached on the eastern beach of the Fraser Island, where it quickly become a major tourist attraction. Battered by the weather as well as RAAF training bombing runs during Second War War, the Maheno is a very dangerous piece of rust and caution is advised, but hardly any one takes notice of the 3m safety distance warning.