Image courtesy of the Western Australian Museum. Photo provided by Chris Buhagier.

Nationality: Greek

Vessel type: Type EC2-S-C1 Liberty Ship

Date lost: 02/05/1964

Cause of loss: Under tow, broke line and stranded

Number of Casualties: Loss of life, but not during wrecking event

Discovery date: Never lost

Location/water depth: North of Two Rocks, Western Australia

It is rumoured a welder died when accidentally sealed in the hull during the ship’s construction in 1942. Following 18 months of wartime service, a Greek shipping company purchased the vessel. This company and eight subsequent owners suffered bad luck.

In March 1963, during a voyage from Jakarta to Bunbury, Alkimos stranded 200km north of Perth. The vessel was refloated and towed to Fremantle for repairs. Once seaworthy, it was being towed to Manila when the towline broke, and Alkimos stranded just north of Perth. A second tug recovered the ship but was seized by authorities. Left at anchor, Alkimos was driven ashore for the third time, where it remained visible for many decades as an eerie, rusting landmark.

Numerous reports of sightings of a mysterious man wearing oilskins on the deck, paranormal events and unusual marine incidents occurring near the wreck, gave Alkimos its reputation as Perth’s ‘ghost ship’.

Stop, drop and destroy

This weighted metal box with holes salvaged from Alkimos was used to store the ship’s confidential papers and secret codebooks during wartime. It was designed so that if the vessel was going to be captured by the enemy, it could be thrown overboard to sink immediately.

URLs

http://museum.wa.gov.au/maritime-archaeology-db/wrecks/id-881

Image courtesy of the Western Australian Museum. Photo provided by Dave Tanner.

Image courtesy of the Western Australian Museum. Photo provided by Rod Ambrose.

Image courtesy of the Western Australian Museum. Photo provided by Peter Loughlin.

Image courtesy of the Western Australian Museum. Photo provided by Peter Loughlin.

Image courtesy of the Western Australian Museum. Photo provided by Jon Davison.

Image courtesy of the Western Australian Museum. Photo provided by Jon Davison.

Objects of interest (artefacts, images or other collection items) associated with the shipwreck story.

We have the weighted confidential papers box, but have not properly photographed it yet. Image can be provided. We also have ship's papers, the ship's wheel, binnacle, compass, sign from a lifesaving boat, and binoculars.

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Western Australian Maritime Museum

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