The partial or total destruction of a ship at sea. Shipwrecks can be caused by poor navigation or design, weather, collision or fire.

Shipwrecks were prevalent in the nineteenth century, as sea travel was the most common mode of international transportation.

Physical shipwrecks more than 75 years old in Australian waters are governed by the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976. 

Image: The anchor of the shipwrecked Fiji stands as a monument on Wreck Beach, Moonlight Head, Victoria, 27 February 2010, proper dave (Flickr)

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Name Category Location Date
Shipwreck Shipwreck - SIEV 794, Christmas Island 2013 Shipwreck Outside Australia 16/07/2013 view resource
Shipwreck Shipwreck - SIEV 27 2012 Shipwreck Outside Australia 27/06/2012 view resource
Shipwreck Shipwreck - SIEV 21 2012 Shipwreck Outside Australia 21/06/2012 view resource
Shipwreck Shipwreck - SIEV 221, Rocky Point, Christmas Island 2010 Shipwreck Outside Australia 15/12/2010 view resource
Shipwreck Shipwreck - SIEV 36 2009 Shipwreck Outside Australia 16/04/2009 view resource
Shipwreck Shipwreck - SIEV X 2001 Shipwreck Outside Australia 19/10/2001 view resource
Shipwreck Shipwreck - Just Cruisin, Queensland 2001 Shipwreck Queensland 06/07/2001 view resource
Shipwreck Shipwreck - Mineral Diamond, Western Australia 1991 Shipwreck Western Australia 15/04/1991 view resource
Shipwreck Shipwreck - Shark Ace 4, Victoria 1990 Shipwreck Victoria 12/05/1990 view resource
Shipwreck Shipwreck - N'glucka, New South Wales 1990 Shipwreck New South Wales 08/01/1990 view resource
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A Document AHS Centaur Australian War Memorial 2013 link Websites view resource
A Document Coroner's inquest into SIEV 221 - Christmas Island Western 2012 link Commissions & Inquiries view resource
A Document Iron Knight The Wrecksite 2013 link Websites view resource
A Document Loch Ard (1878) Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. 2013 link Websites view resource
A Document Preliminary Report on Meteorological Aspects of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 2015 link Reports view resource
A Document SS Yongala Townsville Maritime Museum 2013 link Websites view resource