Some wreckage remains – being ship fastenings and fittings, some 30 to 50m offshore at Sunset Beach, near the mouth of the Chapman River.
1853 at Sunderland, UK
Off Sunset Beach north of Geraldton
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.
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