Tuesday, January 26, 2010

WWII Hospital Ship Found

The wreck of AHS Centaur, a WWII Australian hospital ship, has been located off Australia's north-east coast. The Centaur was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine off the coast of Queensland, Australia on May 14, 1943. Of 332 people aboard, 268 died.

A search team led by David Mearns has located the wreck at a depth of 2,000 m. The wreck sits on its keel with a 25-degree list to port. The bow is nearly separated the hull from the damage of the torpedo hit.

The wreck is protected under the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976. However, the Federal Government have agreed to issue a special permit for a commemorative plaque to be placed on the Centaur.

Images: Mirror.co.uk
Video: CBS News
Wikipedia: AHS Centaur


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