S.S. Maheno - QLD



DEG: -25.267962 153.237915
DMS: 25º 16' 4.66" S 153º 14' 16.49" E
UTM: 56 J 7205359mN 523956mE
Altitude: 2.25m


Place Type

Heritage - Shipwrecks


245.01kms North of Brisbane - Driving 321 km (4 hours 46 mins)

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Fraser Island's most famous wreck, the "Maheno" was driven ashore in 1935 during a cyclone. The Maheno was a 5282 ton triple screw turbine steamer luxury liner, accommodating 254 first class and 201 second class passengers. Built in Dumbarton, Scotland in 1905 it had a top speed of 19 knots and broke all previous records on the run between Melbourne and Sydney in 1905. During World War I the Maheno was converted to a hospital ship by the New Zealand Government in 1919. The Maheno was taken out of service in 1935 and sold for scrap metal to the Japanese firm, Taminosuke Myachi of Kobe. The Maheno left Melbourne on 25 June 1935 in tow behind the Oonah, a 1700 ton coaster which had also been sold to the same buyer. During a fierce cyclone the tow rope broke and the Maheno drifted ashore and became stranded between Happy Valley and Cathedral Beach on Fraser Island in July of 1935. All attempts to refloat her failed and she was eventually abandoned. At the beginning of World War II the ship was used as target practice by the Bundaberg aviation training school. Square holes remain in the middle section of the hull, resulting from World War II demolition practice by the Z force commandos, using limpet mines. Owned by the Union SS Co.
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Closest Weather Station

Hervey Bay at 18/09:30am EST
Distance from S.S. Maheno 36.29km W
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Hervey Bay Airport
Distance from S.S. Maheno 36.29km W
Mean Max. °C30.030.028.926.924.121.821.622.524.726.427.929.3
Mean Min. °C22.022.120.517.914.011.89.910.514.
Mean Rain mm160.3153.1131.771.797.687.549.258.940.673.467.7147.1

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