Tasmanian Seafarers' Memorial

SS Wanaka (1943)

The plaque reads ...

WanakaS.S. 'Wanaka' (DEMS)
16.12.1943 RAAF stores ship was driven
on to Eden Reef in 130 MPH winds and
capsized throwing 10 crew overboard
includding Tasmanian RAN DEMS gunners:
Stevens, Alec Graham AB H1606 MPD
Ward, Hugh AB H1427 MPD
The salvaged ship resumed RAAF duties.

 

 

DEMS (Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship)