On 19 November 1941 the Sydney was sunk by the German Raider HSK Kormoran with all hands on deck - 645 young men died on that fateful day. The sinking of the Sydney is Australia's greatest naval tragedy and for a long time, represented one of Australia's greatest maritime mysteries. The renewed efforts of a small group of Australian volunteers, the Finding Sydney Foundation, and the use of modern technologies resulted the Sydney was finally discovered on 16 March 2008.

The above interactive depicts a 3D simulation of the HMAS Sydney (II) wreck. By using your mouse you can direct the camera around the wreck's recreation.

This simulation was developed to help illustrate some of the ROV photography, and allow our visitors to explore the wreck. This simulation is available on a touchscreen interactive at Immerse: Exploring the Deep as well as a huge range of objects, panels, interactives, artefacts, films and technologies to showcase the clever ways in which humans work underwater and the technology they have designed which allows them to do so.


Immerse: Exploring the Deep is on show at the following dates and locations:

  • 3 September 2011 until 5 March 2012
    Western Australian Museum — Maritime
  • 23 June 2012 22 July 2012
    Youth Shed - Karratha
  • 29 September 2012 6 October 2012
    Royal Perth Show

Find out more about the exhibition themestechnologiesexhibition highlights and the exhibition supporters by exploring this website. Also, the full story of the Sydney can be found on our HMAS Sydney (II) website.