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The sunken ships of Moreton Island

Ships Deliberately Sunk

Just off the coast of Queensland, Australia is Moreton Island, the third largest sand island in the world and home to the amazing Tangalooma Wrecks site.



In 1963, a group of boat owners asked that a man-made harbor be built to protect their boats. As a result, 15 vessels were deliberately sunk, creating a break wall for small boats and a stunning site of wreckage.

The decommissioned vessels--old barges, dredges and flatboats have attracted a stunning amount of tropical marine life and are now a great snorkeling and scuba diving spot.

Wind and water have worn the ships down over time, only adding to their beauty.


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