Welcome to Shipwrecks Western Australia

This guide lets you search a register of shipwrecks along the Swan and Canning rivers and around the shores of Rottnest Island. All the sites can be explored interactively on your smart phone, laptop or ipad using Google maps for exact positions. Historical and underwater information about the wrecks has been sourced from 30 years of dedicated work by MAAWA volunteers.

maawa-logoMAAWA has been established since 1974, and its members represent the amateur division of the Maritime Museum in Fremantle.


Our thanks for Photographs and information to: Patrick Baker, WA Maritime Museum
Battye Library WA
State Library of WA
Royal Historical Society of WA

We are primarily an archaeology association, not a diving club. Many members do dive but we have members that don’t.
We carry out research into newly discovered and existing shipwrecks.

MAAWA is authorised to carry out wreck inspections for the museum. There is a wreck inspection most months. MAAWA was involved in placing the plaques at some of the wrecks at Rottnest Island. Each spring we have a weekend of inspecting and cleaning the plaques.

Over the years many MAAWA members have been on expeditions with the museum.
We have a monthly social meeting at the museum. Where we have discussions on what our members have been doing, there is usually a talk, with slides/video from a guest speaker.
We have a monthly news letter which is available in our news section.