Centaur Search

Australian Hospital Ship Centaur

The Australian Hospital Ship Centaur was sunk by a Japanese submarine, east of Moreton Island on May 14, 1943. Of the 332 people on board, only 64 survived.

Centaur, North Stradbroke Island, Straddie

Centaur, North Stradbroke Island, Straddie

“The exact location remains a mystery and David Mearns’ Bluewater Recoveries is reviewing and re-analysing all available data before beginning the search proper.

“The search area – built on the positions offered by Centaur’s Navigating officer Gordon Rippon – placed Centaur east-northeast of Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island.

Dealing with the Australian seaboard’s fastest currents and dramatic underwater depth variations in the search area are clear challenges for the AHS Centaur search team


The search may be just beginning for the shipwreck of the World War II hospital ship Centaur, attacked off the coast of North Stradbroke Island, but some of the ship’s remains can be found at Australia’s newly named, Best Regional Museum in Australia.

North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum in Dunwich beat more than 80 other nominees to the ABC Radio national title last month based on its depth of storytelling, contribution to local tourism and regional development, presentation of the community to visitors and extent of planning for the future.

Stradbroke Island Historical Museum Bayside Bulletin

Stradbroke island Historical Museum ABC Online


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