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Memorial plaque commemorates the Antarctic supply ship which sunk after running aground at Macquarie Island.

The Nella Dan anchored in Buckles Bay on 3 December 1987, close to the Macquarie Island station. There were 45 people on board. Gale-force winds were blowing and the ‘Nella’ drifted onto rocks.

Her owners decided the damage was too great for her to be salvaged and shortly before Christmas, she was towed out to sea and scuttled. Before she sank she caught fire and went down in a blaze of fire, in what Captain Arne Sorensen described as ‘a true Viking Funeral’.


Address:Dukes Walk, Polly Woodside Maritime Museum, South Melbourne, 3205
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.824237
Long: 144.953165
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster
Approx. Event Start Date:December-1987
Approx. Event End Date:December-1987
Designer:Michael Meszaros


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1990
Source: RUMV
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