SS Maheno (Fraser Island)

The famous and much-photographed wreck on the 75-mile beach of Fraser Island

Blick durch\'s Wrack, September 2006Die Maheno von vorne, September 2006Der Bug der Maheno, September 2006Oft ist nur noch das Stahlgerippe zu sehen, September 2006Die Naturgewalten kennen kein Erbarmen, September 2006Blick durch den Bug, September 2006
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25° 16' 1.76" S, 153° 14' 18.33" E
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Data & Description



Type of vessel:
Screw steamer

Port of registry:

5323 tons


July 8th 1935

Reason sunk:

Maximum depth:
0 to 1 meter ;-)

Route planner:
Google Maps


Das Wetter für
Hervey Bay/Pialba


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Description dive spot:
"Maheno" means "island" in Maori, the language of the native people of New Zealand. The Maheno was the world's first screw steamer with three propellers. The ship won the Blue Ribbon for the fastest Atlantic crossing a few years after its launch. During World War I the ship was used as a hospital ship. After the war, she was bought by a company in Sydney, which wanted to use the ship between Sydney and New Zealand. After a few years, the Maheno was sold to a Japanese company whose financial funds were very limited at the time. The company decided to sell the ship's big propellers to finance the hauling of the Maheno by the ship Ottawa to Osaka (Japan). In Japan, the Maheno should be scrapped and sold as scrap metal. On this trip the Maheno stranded on the beach of Fraser Island when she got into a for this season very unusual cyclone. Attempts to get the Maheno back afloat failed. The ship was left behind at 75 Miles Beach. During World War II it was used as a bombing target. Today you only see the top decks, the rest is lost in the sand. The Maheno is one of the main attractions of Fraser Island and is part of all the tours that can be done there.
Why is the Maheno on the Pro-Taucher website? Quite simply: It is predestined to give the non-diving visitors the fascination of wreck diving.

Contributed by:
Martin Sebald, Giovanna Sebald

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