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The Sygna was a steel 53,000-ton bulk carrier, built in Norway in 1967, with length of 217 metres. Wrecked in gale north of Stockton Beach on 26 May 1974. Largest vessel lost in NSW, although substantial bow and midships sections recovered during salvage operations. Today, the Sygna is a landmark feature of the Newcastle skyline and an eco-tourism destination.


photo: Sygna ashore today
Sygna ashore today


Site information

Site ID: 481
Type: Bulk Carrier Construction: Steel
Primary industry: Sub-industry:
Gross tonnage: 30503 Net tonnage: 18673
Length (mtrs): 217.3 Beam (mtrs): 32.16
Draft (mtrs): 13.31 Cargo:
Country built: NORWAY State built:
Port built: Norway builder:
Port registered: When built: 1967
Registration number: Official number:
Sources: The Newcastle Herald 21/5/1994

Lost event

When lost: 1974/05/27 Where lost: Newcastle, Stockton Beach
Wrecked/Refloated: Wrecked Sinking:
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Master: Owner:
Crew: Passengers:
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Total deaths:


Maximum latitude: -32.85916111111 Minimum latitude:
Maximum longitude: 151.84471388889 Minimum longitude:
Datum used: WGS84
  Datum    Latitude    Longitude    Zone    Easting    Northing
AGD66 -32.85916602733180 151.84471388889000 56 391903.42458993300000 6363721.78773350000000
AGD84 -32.85916602733180 151.84471388889000 56 391903.42458993300000 6363721.78773350000000
GDA94 -32.85916114362860 151.84471388889000 56 391903.81104849600000 6363734.94024690000000
WGS84 -32.85916114276820 151.84471388889000 56 391903.81104797400000 6363734.94024076000000


Found: Yes Inspected: No
Protected: Not Protected Jurisdiction: Federal
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