Esperance has a rich maritime history. While Esperance was named by the French in 1792, they appear to have left nothing of value other than their reports on the region.

Our early settlers however, left us a lot of memorabilia and it’s all on display in our local museum.

The Voyage to Disastersanko-harvest-lifeboat-esperance-maritime-museum

When the Sanko Harvest took a short cut into Esperance and smashed onto a reef off Cape Le Grand, the pristine beaches in the area were soaked in thick black oil. For all the wildlife and the tourism industry, it was a disaster. Various pieces of gear and a lifeboat from this once proud ship are on display in the museum. Today the wreck is a divers paradise and home to many fish.