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Who dropped a sports car into Sydney Harbour?


Underwater scan of harbour floor reveals dumped sports car among the wrecks.

Somebody's car has ended up as part of a 'bottom of the harbour scheme', with a recent hydrographic survey of the Sydney Harbour floor revealing a sporty model has been dumped just off Dawes Point -- in the swank area that houses the Sebel Pier One, Sydney Theatre and Sydney Dance Companies and some of the city's most expensive waterfront apartments.

The 3D mapping by a team from Sydney Ports was aimed at revealing any obstacles that endanger water traffic, but has also uncovered the car in 6.5m of water just a few metres from the edge of Pier One at Dawes Point, almost under the Harbour Bridge.

Even in the rough outline of the sonar-generated image, the car shows signature sports car cues, and could be a Porsche -- with some in the Carsguide office suggesting it looks like a 356 -- an Audi TT coupe, or even a Mazda MX-5 with its hardtop fitted. Or it could even be just a little Daihatsu Copen. What do you think? Let us know on our Facebook page.  

The location would prove hard for dumping these days, with busy traffic almost around the clock. But it's possible the car wasn't originally dumped but has been pushed there by currents. It's been left there because it is not considered a hazard to shipping. 

“We are looking for anything that can impact on shipping and shipping schedules,” said Venessa O’Connell, one of the four Sydney Ports hydrographic surveyors who undertook the mapping project.

“While Sydney Harbour doesn’t really have any problems with filling up with silt, we do find a wide variety of objects that have been dumped or fallen off the back of ships and barges.”

The team said they also found a  new Toyota Landcruiser 4WD about 50m from the wharf at White Bay, which may have fallen off a ship while being freighted.

The survey also shows the location of historic items including the Harbour’s biggest and most intact wreck, the TSS Currajong, a collier that was sunk just off Bradleys Head, near Mosman, in 1910 after being hit by the SS Wyreema, a 6000-tonne passenger liner.

The Currajong is in a shipping lane, but lies in about 30m of water, one of the deepest parts of the Harbour. “Thousands of people have passed over the Currajong, and have no idea it’s down there,” Ms O’Connell said.

“There is also a 45m deep hole in the Harbour floor just west of the Harbour Bridge, close to Blues Point, that most people have no idea exists.”