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Sunken Australian merchant ship found

An Australian merchant ship, the SS Macumba, which sank in 1943 has been found off the coast of northern Australia.

The 2,540-ton merchant ship was sunk by two Japanese aircraft on Aug. 6, 1943, while transporting a cargo of supplies from Sydney to the northern city of Darwin. The ship’s captain and 36 crewmen survived.

Steinberg said the discovery of the wreck after so many years is a significant reminder of the role northern Australia played during World War II.

“We were part of the front line during the war,” the marine archaeologist said.

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Story: Kyodo News | Photo: Australian War Memorial

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