Wartime Hospital Shipwreck Found

22 December 2009 (Last Updated December 22nd, 2009 18:30)

The wreck of an Australian World War II hospital ship, Centaur, has been found off the southern tip of Moreton Island. The vessel was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1943 and sank off the south-east Queensland coast, according to abc.net.au. Queensland Maritime Mus

The wreck of an Australian World War II hospital ship, Centaur, has been found off the southern tip of Moreton Island.

The vessel was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1943 and sank off the south-east Queensland coast, according to abc.net.au.

Queensland Maritime Museum CEO Ian Jempson said that 7,000 ships have foundered in Australian waters and, with only 2,000 of them discovered, enthusiasts are still keen to find the remaining vessels.

“I’m not aware of any large-scale impending searches, but I think there will always be people who have a personal or a passing interest in trying to track down a certain wreck,” he said.

Of the 332 people on board on the Centaur when it was bombed, only 64 survived.