Mysterious 32-crew ship that vanished without a trace finally discovered after century-long wait

  • The ship was found accidentally by undersea explorers
  • It was lost in 1904 after being caught in a storm
  • It is just one of thousands of shipwrecks that lie along the Australian coastline

Published on Feb 27, 2024 at 5:42 PM (UTC+4)
by Nalin Rawat

Last updated on Feb 27, 2024 at 9:12 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

After nearly a century of being lost underwater, a mysterious shipwreck has finally been discovered.

In 1904, a 32-person crew ship, SS Nemesis, vanished without a trace off the coast of Australia.

But the ill-fated ship that disappeared without a trace along with 32 crew members on board has finally been found.

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The 73-metre, iron-hulled steamship was going from Newcastle to Melbourne, Australia.

However, it was caught in a powerful storm off the coast of New South Wales.

In the following weeks, bodies of crew members and fragments of the ship’s wreckage washed ashore at Cronulla Beach about 18 miles south of Sydney.

Unfortunately, the SS Nemesis was never found and its disappearance remained a mystery.

However, in 2022 the shipwreck was accidentally discovered, thanks to undersea explorers.

This is not the only time when undersea explorers have solved such long-lost mysteries.

In a similar case, one undersea explorer has also found a lost plane that he believes to be Amelia Earhart’s long-lost aircraft.

After the ship’s discovery, officials used specialized underwater imagery to confirm the shipwreck was the SS Nemesis.

They confirmed that the wreckage’s distinctive features aligned with historical photographs and sketches of the coal freighter.

In movies, shipwrecks usually have treasure on board, but this one was just transporting coal.

With no surviving crew at the time, the discovery of the shipwreck does provide some answers.

Experts believe that the ship’s engine became overwhelmed due to the storm.

Eventually, the ship began to sink quickly after being struck by a large wave.

The crew didn’t even have time to deploy lifeboats.

Senior Maritime Archaeologist, Dr Brad Duncan, said: “The wreck is one of many thousands of shipwrecks that lie along the Australian coastline, with many still to be found.”

And, as tech to search the seabed improves, it looks like finding such unfortunate lost vessels could become a more common occurrence.


Nalin Rawat

Nalin started his career by working with various national newspapers in India. He has also worked as a writer/editor for many popular websites, while still pursuing his journalism and mass communication degree. Working as a digital nomad has allowed him to inform and educate through his work. When he is not writing, you can find him playing video games or travelling the mountains on his bike.