Red Dawn @ The Maheno Shipwreck
$50.00 – $1,550.00 inc. gst
Sold as scrap metal to the Japanese in 1935, it was being towed from Sydney to Tokyo by another ship called the Oonah when the tow rope broke during unseasonable storms raging off the Queensland coast. Prior to setting off the propellers were removed and this turned out to be a big mistake as once the tow rope broke the Maheno was dead in the water with no way of fighting the storm. It washed ashore on 9th July 1935 and has been a tourist attraction ever since. No injury was sustained by anyone during the whole incident. The far end of the wreck was badly damaged in the second World War after the Australian air force and navy did some bombing practice on it. Luckily it wasn’t hit very often. It is still an impressive landmark on the Eastern Beach.