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Spotlight on historic sites: Shipwrecked Julia Ann

On a reef near an atoll 400 miles west of Tahiti are much of the remains of the Julia Ann, a ship that sank in 1855 while carrying LDS immigrants bound for the Salt Lake Valley. Carrying 56 people, including 28 Church members, the ship was just four weeks out of Sydney when it struck a reef off the Scilly Island Oct. 3, 1855. Five Mormon immigrants, including three children, drowned when the ship split in two. Much of the remains of the vessel lay dormant until discovered by Paul Hundley, curator of the American Gallery at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney in late 1996.