Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Discovery of the wreck of the Centaur.
AHS Centaur (Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/12/20/2776780.htm?section=australia)
The crew of the Seahorse Spirit confirmed the location of the wreck of the AHS Centaur. Search director David Mearns says the wreck location is about 30nm (48km?) east of the southern tip of Moreton Island off the south-east Queensland coast at a depth of 2059m. The WWII hospital ship was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine at 4am on 14th May 1943 and sank with the loss of 268 lives. Many people were taken by sharks. Only 64 of the 332 people on board survived. They waited 36 hours to be rescued by the American destroyer Mugford. A special task force will now be formed to decide how best to commemorate the sinking of the Centaur. The wreck site is now being protected by an exclusion zone. The team that discovered the wreck site immediately returned home for a break over Christmas. They intended returning to the site in early January 2010 to start taking images of the wreck. Here are some more links re the discovery of the wreck of the Centaur: -