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Australasian Steam Navigation Company and
Passenger / Barque

838 Tons (as built)
1,212 (1871)
251.4' x 28.3' x 16.6' (built)
252.8 x 28.3' x 16.16 (1871)

Ship History
Built by J & G Thomson at Glasgow, Scotland for the Australasian Steam Navigation Company. Launched December 22, 1863. Completed 1864. Used as a passenger ship until 1890 when converted to a Barque and used to transport cargo.

During 1912, the vessel suffered a fire that gutted the interior.

Sinking History
During 1916, the vessel ran aground at Cockle Bay off Magnetic Island and was abandoned.

The shipwreck remained above water and largely intact into the 1920. During the Pacific War, the hulk was used as a target by Allied aircraft on training missions.

On October 22, 1942 during a practice dive bombing mission Beaufort A9-26 impacted the aft mast and crashed nearby, killing the entire crew.

Today, wreckage of the vessel remains and is visible at low tide.

The ship's anchor was salvaged and is displayed outside the Harbor Master's office on Magnetic Island.

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Last Updated
August 4, 2020


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