CSIRO salvage shines light on WWll manganese freighter shipwreck

AUSTRALIA'S national science agency has helped solve a 77-year-old mystery after archaeologists on the CSIRO’s research vessel Investigator found the wreck of the SS Iron Crown; an ore freighter torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Bass Strait in World War II with a full load of manganese ore on-board.

CSIRO salvage shines light on WWll manganese freighter shipwreck CSIRO salvage shines light on WWll manganese freighter shipwreck CSIRO salvage shines light on WWll manganese freighter shipwreck CSIRO salvage shines light on WWll manganese freighter shipwreck CSIRO salvage shines light on WWll manganese freighter shipwreck

The SS Iron Crown's port side deckhouse and open cargo hold. (CSIRO)

The 100m long, 3353 tonne steam freighter was used by BHP in 1942 to ship manganese ore from Whyalla in South Australia to Port Kembla in New South Wales.

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