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: 5th of August 1859

Cause of loss: Attributed chiefly to effects of a current and occasional magnetic disturbances.

Number of Casualties: 89 lives lost

Discovery date (if applicable): Two seamen swam to shore and then walked to the Cape Northumberland lighthouse to notify the keeper of the disaster

Location/water depth: Onto the Carpenter reef about one mile from shore.

 

Imagine the excitement, 19 women, 15 children, 47 men,and crew of 28 boarding on her maiden voyage. James Whittaker, was asked "Do you have a will"  He replied "Why would I need one? The Admella is unsinkable". He tore up his will. He did not survive the wreck.

Around 1pm, one of the racehorses fell in his box. The captain ordered the ship to slow and change course. Unknown to all the ship was off course and struck the sunken reef, keeled over and broke into three.


All lifeboats were lost in seas before being used. Rockets fired but failed to ignite being damp. Several attempts to swim to shore failed. There was no water to drink, and only few bags of almonds, a small pieces of meat, bottles of port, preserved currants & desiccated coconut. All who drank sea water died. For days they could see the sand hills and people trying to rescue them


Other Stories

  • One mother hit by falling timber, her legs broken her baby killed.
  • An attempt to rescue the dead baby was given a sea burial, mother rolled into the sea to be with her child.
  • An attempt to cross to the safer area, father with both children strapped to him, fell and all drowned with the wife looking on.
  • Bridget Ledwith was the only female survivor.
  • It was seven days before the final rescue took place.

 

Urls

www.admella.org.au

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

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

Objects of interest (artefacts, images or other collection items) associated with the shipwreck story.

Signal Cannon, One of three known Bells, 4 Scuttles, Carving Set. Copper Ingot and Cake, Admella Commission Replica Medal presented to Captain Fawthrop in 1859, Model of the Admella

AMMC Member Institution

Port MacDonnell Maritime Museum

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