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Polmaise Reef Pinch Point

Polmaise Reef wrecks



Nationality:
Various—mostly British, one German

Vessel type: Schooner, brigs, barques and a barquentine

Date lost: 1866-1900

Cause of loss: Foundering on coral reef

Number of Casualties:…

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Aboriginal people risk their lives to save the crew of the Rover

The Rover wreck exposed 1901



Nationality:
Australian

Vessel type: Schooner

Date lost: 13 October 1841

Cause of loss: Anchored in wrong area

Number of Casualties: 11 buried

Discovery date…

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The Legend of the Kameruka pigs



Shipwreck crew from SS Kameruka



Nationality:
Australian

Vessel type: Steamer

Date lost: 16th October 1897

Cause of loss: Ran aground on rocks

Number of Casualties: None

Discovery date…

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Loss without life

Zanoni Ship’s Bell at the Ardrossan Museum



Nationality:
British

Vessel type: Composite barque

Date lost: 11 Feb 1867

Cause of loss: Sunk in a squall 

Number of Casualties: None

Discovery…

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An Unassuming Hero

Large framed painting of the three masted barquentine La Bella fully rigged. Painted by Phillip J Gray.



Nationality:
Lyttleton / New Zealand (originally built in Tvedestrand / Norway)

Vessel type: Barquentine rigged. …

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Japanese pearling mothership

Artefacts in-situ prior to excavation. Photo by Matthew Carter, November 2016

Nationality: Japanese

Vessel type: Motorised, steel mothership

Date lost: 10 July 1937

Cause of loss: Foundered in a…

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Greyhound of the River

Nationality: Australian

Vessel type: Paddle Steamer

Date lost: 1955, 2008 & 2013

Cause of loss: Sunk (3 times) Boundary Bend, Euston & Morgan

Number of Casualties: Nil

Discovery date: Originally…

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They swum us to land, took us up to their camp, tended our wounds, wrapped us in their blankets…

Images from the North Stradbroke Historical Museum Collection

 

Nationality: British

Vessel type: Paddle Steamer two masted schooner rig of 119 tons

Date lost: 11 March 1847

Cause of loss: Rough weather, engine…

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HMS Sirius - flagship of the First Fleet

Five official expeditions to recover artefacts from the HMS Sirius wreck site were conducted between 1983 and 2002, this being the third large bower anchor raised from the site in 1985

 

Nationality: Australian

Vessel type: Built in…

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Live to Fight Another Day



Nationality:
American

Vessel type: Naval - 4 funnel (stack) Destroyer

Date lost: 19th February 1942

Cause of loss: Enemy attack

Number of Casualties: 91

Discovery date (if applicable): 20th February…

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Mother nature takes control again

Point Stephens Lighthouse and Keepers Cottage and Island

Nationality: Australian

Vessel type: Steam Ship (Steel, Coastal Freighter) 518 tons built 1925

Date lost: 11 September 1929

Cause of loss: Violent gale…

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Iron Baron

Nationality: Australian

Vessel type: Bulk Carrier

Date lost: 10/7/1995

Cause of loss: Ran aground on reef

Number of Casualties: Nil

Discovery date: N/A

Location/water depth: Hebe Reef, Northern Tasmania

The crew weighed anchor as the pilot approached. The ship’s Master positioned the ship for the Pilot to board as strong winds and a south flowing tide drew the ship…

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The Wreck that Shaped a City

Tasman Bridge, courtesy Maritime Museum of Tasmania

 

Nationality: Australian

Vessel type: Bulk carrier

Date lost: 5 January 1975

Cause of loss: Collision with bridge

Number of Casualties:…

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Thar' She Blows

The Cheynes II under sail, returning from Heard Island (1983).



Nationality:
English

Vessel type: Steamship

Date lost: 1992

Cause of loss: Broke its moorings in a storm

Number of Casualties:…

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Brier Holme: Out of reckoning – a navigational disaster

Brier Holme loading wool at Kings Pier, Launceston, Tasmania.

Nationality: British

Vessel type: Iron barque, 62.8 x 10.2 x 5.8m, 928 net tonnage

Date lost: 5 November 1904

Cause of loss:…

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Lost in mysterious circumstances

Postcard of the Loch Vennachar

Nationality: UK

Vessel type: 3 masted iron clipper ship

Date lost: September 1905

Cause of loss: Crashed into cliffs

Number of Casualties: 26, no…

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Bloodshed Feared in the Night

PS Rodney with barges at Echuca Wharf 1890

Nationality: Australian

Vessel type: Side wheel Paddlesteamer

Date lost: 27th August 1894

Cause of loss: Burnt - set on fire

Number of…

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The Unsinkable Admella

L Catalano -sketches. Logo used with permission for Admella 150th Anniversary Commemorations held 6-16 August 2009



Nationality:
Built in Scotland

Vessel type: Steam Ship

Date lost:…

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The Centaur: from imposing to wreckage

Centaur memorial at North Beach

 

Nationality: Scottish

Vessel type: Iron Brig

Date lost: 9 December 1874

Cause of loss: Struck reef

Number of Casualties:…

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The day the lifeboat didn’t come

The entrance to Newcastle harbour was one of the most dangerous in the world. The Oyster Bank (a sand bank, despite its name) claimed dozens of ships.

Nationality: Australian (built in Scotland)

Vessel type: Collier, iron paddle…

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