REMINISCING... National Trust SA Wallaroo branch president Colin Boase remembers Chinese vessel Wuzhau colliding with the town jetty upon arrival and causing $1million of damage. Inset: The gantry at Wallaroo jetty crumpled after the ship Wuzhau rammed into it. REMINISCING... National Trust SA Wallaroo branch president Colin Boase remembers Chinese vessel Wuzhau colliding with the town jetty upon arrival and causing $1million of damage. Inset: The gantry at Wallaroo jetty crumpled after the ship Wuzhau rammed into it.

Anniversary of Wallaroo jetty smash

CHINESE vessel Wuzhau ploughed into the Walla­roo jetty 40 years ago today (Tuesday, October 24).

The smash caused $1million damage to the jetty and gantry in 1977, with locals hearing the crash at 7.20am.

No one was injured but 200 metres of the 12-metre-high gantry came down and crushed offices, sheds and three cars. A rail line was also broken and 35m of the jetty buckled.

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