Malabar Surf Photo: 'The wreck of MV Malabar-2 April 1931' by Elizabeth Lloyd
The wreck of MV Malabar-2 April 1931
Australia | Malabar
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Sydney's Easter crowds came out in force to see the wreck, with newspapers estimating that 500,000 people visited the site over the Easter weekend. Goods were salvaged from the shoreline between Sydney and Newcastle. The wreck was sold for 140 pounds for salvage to Penguin Ltd on 7 April 1931. Heavy seas prevented all of the salvage taking place, and it was not until the late 1950s and early 1960s and the introduction of scuba diving that the remaining valuable metal items were removed. Around this time, the wreck was blown up in a further attempt at salvage, and as a result of this, and the toll of heavy seas, all that remains is rusting, twisted pieces of metal. The wreck of the Malabar was only metres from the ocean outfall of Sydney's largest water treatment plant, and this made the wreck inaccessible to divers for many years. In 1990, with the activation of the sewage plant's deep-water ocean outfall, the wreck has again become accessible to divers. The Malabar's engines could not get it off the rocks, and Captain Leslie ordered the evacuation of passengers and the 108 crew. Evacuation took half an hour, and included the swimming to shore of three valuable stud horses. The ship's cat was the only life lost, as it refused to leave the Malabar.