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    I'm reading an amazing book at present called The Other ANZACs. It's the history of Australian and New Zealand nurses that served in the First World War. In the book there is mention of a hospital ship called Maheno, now on Fraser Island off the coast of Queensland there is a ship wreck by the same name. Turns out they are one and the same.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Maheno.

    I took quite a number of photos of this wreck when I visited Fraser a few years back but for some reason I hadn't known at the time that this ship was used to evacuate wounded from Gallipoli.
    AS she was.


    As she is now.
    At the age of 62 I have come to realise that you can't breed out stupidity.

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    During the Second World War she was used for bombing practice by the RAAF.
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    The Maheno was much more intact in 1973 when I first haw the wreck.

    The sand around it comes and goes depending on Cyclonic activity.

    Years ago I saw it surrounded by surf.

    (Not my photo.)


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    Let's not forget Grantala..... Australia's first hospital ship... Here she is in French service for the CGT line as Figuig.

    Grantala, 3,655gt, was built for the Adelaide SS Co in 1903. In 1915 she was purchased by CGT's British subsidiary, and was transferred to CGT in 1920. Figuig was scrapped in 1934.



    Here she is in hospital ship trim during the early part of WW1



    .... and so as to not totally hijack your thread Gary... here's a link to a good article about her

    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...a%3DG%26um%3D1
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    According to this link, the Maheno is a Kiwi ship

    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...3D126%26um%3D1
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    Of course she was a kiwi ship, she was owned by the Union Steamship Company of Dunedin and was set up as a hospital ship by public subscription in New Zealand. An interesting and pretty vessel. See http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/te...-body-d16.html for some history on her.

    Daniel

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    When she broke her tow and ran aground on Fraser she stayed intact for quite some time. A local couple even had their wedding onboard. Quite a number of the ships fittings made it ashore and into local houses etc. Maheno also boasted a fully equipped machine shop which unfortunately was lost when the hull finally breached, letting in the sea and sand.
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    Enjoying the thread, thanks. Great pictures.

    I'm working on a novel with a NZ nurse who goes to Alexandria in 1915, and thence to France and Belgium, and have accumulated a shelf of books on the subject.

    Particularly good is While You're Away: New Zealand Nurses at War 1899-1948 by Anna Rogers (Auckland U. Press 2003). Chapter 5 deals with nursing on the Maheno and Marama. The following chapter covers the sinking of the Marquette in the Mediterranean, in which ten NZ nurses died.

    Good history, with a personal touch. Hadn't known of The Other Anzacs, but will seek it out.
    Last edited by Chip-skiff; 01-16-2010 at 08:09 PM.

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    Hadn't known of The Other Anzacs, but will seek it out.
    You won't regret it.
    https://www.allenandunwin.com/defaul...=9781741755497
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