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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 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:Lighthouse Road, Captain Cook Lookout, Smoky Cape Picnic Area, Arakoon, 2431
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.921329
Long: 153.085513
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


Front Inscription

Loss Of M.V. Noongah

To the memory of the 21 seamen who perished on the
25th August 1969, when the Australian coastal vessel
M. V. NOONGAH floundered in a severe gale approx
12 nautical miles bearing north east of
Smoky Cape Lighthouse.

In recognition of the combined efforts of the many
people who in perilous weather conditions contributed to
the search and rescue operation that was responsible for
the recovery of 5 crewman found drifitng in the sea
after surviving the sinking.

The serenity of Smoky Cape and the relentless,
surrounding sea are a beautiful reminder to
the memories of those lost on that day.


Source: MA
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