BRITANNIA 1931

Broome Pearling Lugger B261 c1910

Description:

Pearling Lugger

Owner:

Owner: Dennis (Dinny) Ahearn As a pearling lugger the Brittania was licensed in Broome and carried the number B 322. John Byrne owned it in 1923. It was one of the luggers that Dennis (Dinny) Ahearn received as payment as part of a business deal, and which he then used for fishing. The Brittania was heading to Shark Bay when wrecked.

Construction:

Timber

Sunk:

1931/07/31

Size:

length 13.4m

Underwater:

Wreck not found. Sails, spars and various other items were salvaged but the vessel and the 2.5 tons of fish in the icebox were lost. The Brittania was not insured.

Built:

Location:

16 miles north of Port Gregory and 1.5 miles offshore

Sinking:

En route from Geraldton to Shark Bay Brittania ran on to a reef about 5 miles north of Lucky Bay, and the crew could not get it off. The crew then rowed their dinghy to Port Gregory to seek assistance. They returned with help, but despite the efforts, the lugger could not be saved.

Longitude:

114.166471

Latitude:

-28.115984

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