The closest I will probably get to the Titanic shipwreck

Today, under the influence of painkillers, I visited an exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum showcasing James Cameron’s deep ocean obsession, submarine quests and fascination with the Titanic. The exhibition contained short movies of his visits to the Titanic and incredible venture down the Mariana Trench (35,787 ft!) and information on the Deepsea Challenger submersible that was actually built here in Sydney.

It was eerie enough seeing this replica of the shipwreck… I can’t imagine being at the lonely, dark depths of the ocean and seeing this slowly emerge as the subs lights catch the vessel. A huge ship once full of life and excitement to reach New York reduced to a lifeless shell with very little trace of the people that built and sailed it. It shows how fragile life can be and that tomorrow is never guaranteed, no matter how perfect life can seem. Nature doesn’t care for your class or status.

It has always been a fascination of mine since I learned about the disaster, largely down to this movie that came out when I was just eight years old. Since then it is a historical event that has always stuck with me and this was a very interesting visit. It is even more eerie to know that the shipwreck won’t last forever, the remains of one of the most famous and tragic events of the 20th century will eventually fade away in time. At least we found it in time.


Due to popular demand it has been extended to 5th May, more info can be found here.


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Travel Diaries: There’s a WW2 shipwreck on Fraser Island!

We continued up 75 Mile Beach. This next bit is by far the coolest spot on the beach for me.


I love this next shot. The day suddenly became a little gloomy, which really added eeriness to the experience. Ahead, the wreck of the SS Maheno slowly appeared from the mist.


Thankfully though the skies cleared up and I got the chance to take some good shots. Here she is laying in all her wrecked glory.


I really didn’t know which pictures to add here, so I just wacked them all in. Due to the way she sits on the sand, she looks completely different depending on angle. SS Maheno was an ocean liner that was being towed by another ship during a cyclone in 1935. It only had a skeleton crew of eight on board when the tow snapped in rough seas and she ran aground. The crew set up camp and were found days later during a search.


I find shipwrecks fascinating. It is the same fascination I have with abandoned buildings, or even towns. What was once full of life and activity in a different time is now silent. It makes me stop and think about what it would have been like in it’s glory days, trying to envision the sight and hear the sounds.

How long will she remain I wonder? I am pleased I got to see the wreck whilst it is still here on the island.


Part One: The Largest Sand Island in the World

Part Two: Lake Mckenzie

Part Three: 75 Mile Beach