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: Unknown
Discovery date (if applicable): Unknown
Location/water depth: Curtis Channel, Capricorn Bunker Reefs, QLD
A spur of coral reefs running westward from the Capricorn Bunker Group intrudes about halfway into the width of the Curtis Channel passing Gladstone. Numerous ships foundered here (but not Captain Cook in the Endeavour) during the period 1866-1900.
Polmaise reef does not have an island on it so it is very hard to see regardless of the tide. Masthead reef adjacent has an island on it. Ships have to keep clear of the mainland shore in case of a wind change. This increase the risk of hitting nearly Masthead and Polmaise reefs.
The challenge of navigating the Qld coast inside the Barrier Reef is made difficult by a spur of coral reefs impinging on the navigable water.
Shipwrecks: Polmaise and Masthead Reefs
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Gladstone Maritime History Society Inc./Gladstone Maritime Museum
submitted by Noel Bowley
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