Sunday, September 20, 2020

Divers find vanished wreck in the Bass Strait


Ateam of divers found a century-old shipwreck in Bass Strait on Sunday whichis believed to be the 135-foot iron steamer Glenelg.  The Glenelg vanished in 1900 during a routinerun along the Victorian coast from Bairnsdale to Melbourne. Only three people survived thetragedy which left 31 people dead, but an inquiry never explained what causedthe ship to sink.  According to reports theship foundered suddenly after leaving Lakes Entrance but an inquiry found noevidence to explain the tragedy. Thirty-one people perished at sea and onlythree survivors reached the shore in a lifeboat. 

 109years later, the mystery of the Glenelg may finally be solved.  Southern Ocean Exploration group a team of Australian maritime research divers, have been searching forthe Glenelg for over three years. The team spent four hours looking for theship on Sunday and eventually located the wreck minutes before they were due toabandon the search.  Group leader Mark Ryan said the discovery couldanswer some century-old questions about one of Victoria’s worst maritime tragedies.  The divers recovered a plate from the shipwreckto confirm the wreck’s identity, and the location and dimensions of the shipsuggest it is the Glenelg.




Sara-Lise Haith
Sara-Lise Haith
Sara-Lise is the former News Editor for She is based in Dubai.


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