The Ill-Fated SS Maheno: A Lavish Liner Converted to a Tragic Maritime Hospital

The SS Maheno, a former luxury ocean liner turned hospital ship, met tragedy when it was hit by a cyclone off the coast of Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia. The ship, which was sold to a shipbreaker in Japan in 1935, was being towed by another vessel when the cyclone struck, causing the tow line to snap. The Maheno and its crew disappeared, but were later found beached on Fraser Island. The wreck is now a prohibited area due to unexploded ordnance contamination, but is still visited for ANZAC Day remembrances.