A Ship, a Storm, and a Racehorse Named Moonshine

The S.S. Yongala is one of Australia’s—and the world’s—most epic dives

 

On the evening of March 23rd, 1911, Captain William Knight sailed the grand steamship S.S. Yongala past the lighthouse on Dent Island in Australia’s Whitsunday Passage. He was never seen again. The only body found was that of a racehorse named Moonshine.

On the April 15th, 1911, The Queenslander newspaper read:

Inspector Malone today received a report from Constable Portley, at Mundingburra, in respect to the carcass of a horse found on the beach at the mouth of Gordon’s Creek, three miles down the coast from Ross River. The bones are there, minus the head and hoofs… The horse could not have got there from land, owing to the boggy state of the country, and must have been washed up by the…


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