Reese is on the move again. Where in the world is our wonder boy visiting today?
Here’s a hint;
This ship was once a luxury liner that sailed the Tasman Sea between New Zealand and Australia. But when WWI broke out, it was converted into a sailing hospital.
Did you guess the remains of the SS Maheno? You’re right!
Even though you can’t tell from Reese’s selfie, this wreckage is “parked” on Australia’s Fraser Island, and has become a major tourist attraction. It isn’t very safe, so be careful!
Let’s explore Reese’s location further.
Did You Know?
The SS Maheno had a 5,000 ton steel-hull. It was called into duty in 1905 to serve as a hospital ship transporting casualties back and forth between Sydney and Melbourne.
This ship was eventually called to the UK and served the wounded soldiers in Europe. She delivered them from France to England via the English Channel.
At the end of the war, the SS Maheno headed back to New Zealand. In July, 1935, she was sold to an Osaka shipbreaker. However, she would never reach her new home because a storm was headed her way!
About 50 miles out from the coast, a severe cyclone torn through the waters. It whipped itself around the Maheno and the ship towing her (the 1,756-ton Oonah). The extreme weather severed the towline. The crews tried, but were unable to reattach it.
The Maheno and the eight men aboard drifted away into the dark waters.
After three days the SS Maheno and her crew were found beached on the shore of Fraser Island. Attempts were made to re-float the liner, but they could not. The ship was stripped and abandoned where she remains today.
Where in the world is he off to now? Be sure to join us next time when Reese will explore another fun, fact-filled location.
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