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One of the country’s most historic naval wrecks lies at the bottom of the Hawkesbury River

You might not know it – but one of the country’s most historic naval wrecks lies at the bottom of the Hawkesbury River.

The original HMAS Parramatta was used during WWI and now rests on the shoreline at Bar Point, and can still be seen against the shore line.

The Parramatta was built in England for the Australian Navy and launched in 1910. When war broke out, she was in Sydney and was immediately sent to capture the German mail steamer, Seydlitz, which had put to sea in the hope of reaching German territory.

After many years of use during the war, In 1930, a decision was made to use the Parramatta as prison accommodation. In 1934, while being used as a material transport vessel, it broke loose at Milson Island, and drifted to the shore where it remained until sections were cut from it in 1973 and taken to Sydney to be used as memorials.