Lifebuoy from MV TAMPA

Late 20th century- Early 21st century

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

This plastic lifebuoy from is linked to an event that ignited national and international debate on Australia's immigration policy. The recent arrival of boat people in Australian waters has become a highly emotive and politicised issue. One of the most famous incidents was the rescue of asylum seekers by the Norwegian cargo carrier MV TAMPA in August 2001.

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  • Title: Lifebuoy from MV TAMPA
  • Date: Late 20th century- Early 21st century
  • Type: Lifebuoy
  • Significance: The life buoy was on board the cargo carrier during the series of events known as 'the TAMPA incident' in 2001, when the Australian government refused to let the rescued asylum seekers land on Australian soil.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Plastic
  • Dimensions: 750 mm, 6.7 kg
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Gift from Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines