Photographer's Note

Wreck Beach.

Between King Island (further south, just north of Tasmania) and Cape Otway, the Southern Ocean has played havoc with ships since Europeans began to sail this part of the world. The strong currents, gales, waves, swells and fogs have caused many to founder on what is now known as the Shipwreck Coast. Wreck Beach still has the remains of a number of ships, till they too, disappear forever due to the elements.
Marie Gabrielle anchors, from a shipwreck in 1869. An iron anchor and part of the capstan from the French barque are located near Moonlight Head. This ship was on route from China with a load of tea when it hit the reef after being forced ashore by strong winds.

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