The Alkimos

Alkimos is named after the ship Alkimos, which lays on the sea floor a few hundred metres off the

coast. The Alkimos, originally named the Viggo Hansteen, was an American liberty ship built in 1943.

She was used to transport cargo and troops around Europe during WWII. After the war, the ship was

sold to a Greek shipping company and renamed Alkimos.

The Shipwreck

In 1963 on a journey from Jakarta to Bunbury, the Alkimos hit a reef off Beagle Island. The ship was

stranded for three days before she was towed to Fremantle for repairs. Two months later the

Alkimos left Fremantle to be towed to Hong Kong for further repairs; however the unlucky ship

broke free and ran aground. A second attempt to move the ship in 1964 failed when the crew of the

tugboat was arrested, forcing them to leave the Alkimos anchored. She broke free again and found

her final resting place off what is now known as Alkimos Beach. All attempts to re-float the ship or

salvage scrap have failed.

The Alkimos in 1965, photo courtesy of the Daily News (Perth WA)

The Alkimos in 2012, photo courtesy of



Butler, J (1835) ‘John Butler’s report of an excursion to search for cattle 35 miles north of Perth in

March 1834’ Exploration Diaries. WA Dept. of Lands and Surveys, pg. 280-281.

Chambers, A. (1991) The pioneers : a story of Wanneroo. City of Wanneroo, Joondalup, WA.

Daily News (1965) ‘She’s Still There…’ Daily News (Perth, WA). 29 July, pg. 2.

Love Perth (2014) Alkimos. Accessed online at:

Monument Australia (2014) Butler’s Swamp. Accessed online at:

West Australian (1963) Alkimos - reports of the stranding of March 1963 and the aftermath. West

Australian (newspaper on microfilm).

West Australian (1963-1964) Alkimos - reports of the wrecking of June 1963 and attempts to refloat

her. West Australian (newspaper on microfilm).