Zealandia

Northern Territory

The steamship Zealandia was laid down as a cargo and passenger liner by John Brown & Company in Clydebank, and was launched in November 1909. She did service as a military transport ship in both world wars. While she laid at anchor in Darwin harbor loaded with ammunition and military material, she was attacked and hit by two bombs from Japanese airplanes 19.February 1942. Her dangerous cargo caught fire, and order to abandon ship was given. She went down in the deep soon after. After the second world war salvaging was done on the heavily damaged wreck, and the remains of her rest today outside Fort Hill Wharf in Darwin on a depth of 15 to 18 meter.


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Zealandia

410,3 x 54,7 x 24,2 f
     
Tons: Built: Home Port:
6683 grt
Clydebank ( UK ) 1909 Melbourne ( AU )
  12°29.00′ S 130°51.05′ E
( Source: Wikipedia )

Picture: Zealandia
Courtesy of Green Collection, State of Victoria Library