Experts to Identify Shipwreck

Date: 1/6/2011

Marine park rangers will travel to Hinchinbrook Island, off Cardwell, north of Townsville (Australia), to investigate a shipwreck revealed by Cyclone Yasi. Two boaties found the outline of a large wooden boat and a section of anchor chain. Paddy Waterson, the principal heritage officer with the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management, says there are historical reports of three wrecks in the area in the late 1800s. The ship’s records will be compared with the material collected from the wreck to identify the ship. The wreck is protected and there are penalties for disturbing the site.

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