AFRICAN 1853-1863

An English fully rigged Ship

Description:

Fully Rigged 3 Masted Ship

Owner:

Captain J Gibson

Construction:

Timber

Sunk:

1863/01/04

Size:

888 ton length 48m beam 10m draft 6.5m

Underwater:

Some wreckage remains – being ship fastenings and fittings, some 30 to 50m offshore at Sunset Beach, near the mouth of the Chapman River.

Built:

1853 at Sunderland, UK

Location:

Off Sunset Beach north of Geraldton

Sinking:

En route from Champion Bay for Fremantle with a cargo of copper and lead ore and 200 bales of wool. During a heavy gale, the ship leaking, and the crew constantly manning the pumps, the ship hit a reef south of Point Moore. The African was badly damaged but managed to return to Champion Bay, where it ran aground. The cargo was unloaded and the ship declared a loss. Some of the timber was used to make new boats.

Longitude:

114.618849

Latitude:

-28.726058

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