Wednesday, December 21, 2005


Museum supports Booya wreckage conservation


December 19, 2005

The Northern Territory museum and art gallery says the wreckage of a ship in Darwin Harbour will become a wonderful tourist site.

Divers in Darwin have located the Booya, 29 years after it sank during Cyclone Tracy.

The Territory Government has imposed a 90-day conservation order to protect the wreckage.

The museum's curator of maritime archaeology, Paul Clark, says a long-term management plan is needed to preserve the site while granting some public access.

"We don't want people taking things off the site because if you take things away there's nothing else for someone else to look at in the future," he said.

"It's a non-renewable resource, you can't replace it, it's unique.

"And so I'm sure in the future it will become a wonderful tourist site for people to visit."


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