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The plaque commemorates the twenty-one men who lost their lives when the MV Noongah sank off Smoky Cape, New South Wales in August 1969. 

On August 25th 1969 MV Noongah left Newcastle with a cargo of steel for Townsville. She struck bad weather off Smokey Cape near Kempsey on the northern New South Wales coast. The vessel developed a list and sank with the loss of 21 members of the crew. At that time the wind was blowing at 70 knots (110 kph) with the seas at 30 feet. Two survivors escaped by life raft, and three others were found clinging to a plank. The search for survivors was one of the greatest in Australia's history involving five destroyers, three minesweepers, seven aircraft, two helicopters and a number of other vessels. 


Address:2 Murray Street, Australian National Maritime Museum , Darling Harbour, 2000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.869478
Long: 151.198895
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:25-August-1969
Actual Event End Date:25-August-1969


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:August-1993
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                     MV Noongah

In memory of the 21 men of a crew of 26 who lost their lives
on 25 August 1969 when Australian National Line Coastal freighter
MV Noongah sank off Smoky Cape, New South Wales. 

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Commissioned by the Noongah Disaster Committee, August 1993. 

Source: MA
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