State to Undertake Survey of Historic Shipwreck Sites

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A SURVEY of Queensland's historic shipwrecks has been launched to provide a better understanding of where the historic sites are off Queensland's coast.

Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones said the survey would begin in Moreton Bay and be carried out by the Heritage Branch of the Department of Environment and Resource Management.

The heritage branch has recently taken over management of Queensland's historic shipwrecks from the Queensland Museum.

"Queensland's coastline is littered with untold stories under the sea," Ms Jones said.

"We know there are more than 1000 historic shipwrecks or abandoned vessels along the state's coast, as well as in our rivers and bays. But in most cases, data on these shipwrecks is scant and often inaccurate.

"Every one of these ships is an irreplaceable archaeological site which can tell us much about the lives of past generations of Queenslanders and others who visited our shores.

"While some wrecks in the Moreton Bay area are well-known such as the Aarhus, there are approximately 50 wrecks reported in and around the Bay listed on the National Shipwreck Database.

"In many cases, the locations listed are imprecise and we know very little about the history of the individual wrecks. …