Lake Illawarra (1975)
The plaque reads ...
S.S. 'Lake Illawarra'
On a misty Sunday evening 5th January 1975 the bulk carrier MV Lake Illawarra with a cargo of zinc ore entered the River Derwent bound for the zinc smelter 3 miles north of the Tasman Bridge. Colliding with one of the piers near the eastern shore, two spans of the bridge decking collapsed sinking the ship and resulting in a loss of seven crew and five motorists.
The ship rests today just south of the bridge well underwater but still in close proximity to bridge piling. The bridge collapse divided the city making a few minutes drive from the eastern shore to considerably longer taking a 50 km drive on narrow roads via Bridgewater. It took two years for the bridge to be repaired.
Those who lost their lives were:
Angus Campbell, crew