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Maritime Mystery Solved: Ship Missing Since 1904 Found Submerged Off Australian Coast

Mystery Ship That Vanished With 32 Crew Members Found After 120 Years
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A recent discovery has been determined to be the SS Nemesis, a ship that mysteriously disappeared 120 years ago, officials said.

Feb. 28 2024, Published 1:03 p.m. ET

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After 120 years of speculation, the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a ship lost off the coast of Australia has finally been solvled.

The SS Nemesis, a boat tasked with transporting coal to Melbourne, Australia, was caught in a storm off New South Wales in July 1904, ultimately vanishing along with its crew of 32.

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In the aftermath of the tragedy, the shoreline near Cronulla Beach, an area approximately 18 miles south of Sydney, was littered with bodies and debris washing ashore, igniting a frenzy of media attention and public intrigue about the ill-fated ship.

Despite extensive search efforts, the 240-foot ship remained lost, its whereabouts submerged in mystery.

It wasn't until 2022, when Subsea Professional Marine Services embarked on a mission to locate the lost cargo along the seabed off Sydney's coast, that the accidental discovery of the SS Nemesis occurred.

Resting untouched beneath 525 feet of water, approximately 16 miles offshore, the wreck was identified after its distinctive features were matched with historical records and imagery, the New York Post reported.

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Submerged but remarkably intact, the iron skeleton of the SS Nemesis lay upright on the ocean floor, its bow and stern severely damaged. Analysis suggested that the ship succumbed to the overwhelming force of the storm, its engine unable to withstand the onslaught of nature's fury.

The suddenness of the disaster left the crew with little opportunity to deploy lifeboats, sealing their tragic fate.

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With the wreck's identity confirmed, authorities issued a plea to descendants of those aboard the SS Nemesis to come forward, offering closure to families who have long grappled with the mystery of their ancestors' fate.

Penny Sharpe, NSW Minister for Environment and Heritage, expressed hope that the discovery would provide solace to those affected, particularly the children left orphaned by the tragedy.

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Acknowledging the significance of the find, local Wollongong MP Paul Scully highlighted the vast number of undiscovered shipwrecks strewn along the New South Wales coastline, emphasizing the importance of ongoing exploration efforts.

Australia's science minister, Ed Husic, echoed this sentiment, lauding the dedication of scientists in unraveling the mysteries of the past and offering reassurance to the descendants of the fallen sailors.

As details emerge, it becomes clear that the SS Nemesis was a vessel of international crew composition, with members hailing from Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada, underscoring the global impact of maritime tragedies and the enduring quest for answers that spans generations.


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