Stories of Shipwrecks

‚ÄčMike Nash opens the exhibition at the Carnegie Gallery, Maritime Museum of Tasmania.

The Maritime Museum of Tasmania is hosting an exhibition that highlights stories from some of Australia's 11,000 shipwrecks. Submerged: Stories of Australian Shipwrecks is a travelling exhibition from the Australian Maritime Museum Council and the Australian National Maritime Museum.

The exhibition highlights 68 shipwrecks, with each story nominated by regional museums from around Australia. Fourteen of these wrecks are featured in information panels currently on display at the Maritime Museum and supported by artefacts from the Maritime Museum of Tasmania's collection. The exhibition was launched by Mike Nash, Maritime Archaeologist with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.

Several stories highlight our island state's close association with the maritime sector and with shipwrecks, starting with the Sydney Cove in 1797 and the impact that the Lake Illawara (1975) had on shaping our capital city.

The Maritime Museum of Tasmania is open daily 9am to 5pm, the Submerged exhibition is on display until the 10th December. 

All 68 shipwreck stories from the travelling exhibition are also available on the Australian Maritime Museum Council website.

With thanks to John Stephenson for supplying this article

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