LADY ELIZABETH 1869-1878

Description:

Three-masted Barque with one deck

Owner:

Wilson and Oliver

Construction:

Composite. Wood with apron and floors of iron

Sunk:

30th June 1878

Size:

tons 658, length 48.7m, beam 9.3m, depth 5.5m

Underwater:

Significant wreckage lies in 7 metres of water. The bow is wedged into the reef

Built:

1869 in Sunderland U.K. by Robert Thompson

Location:

SCUBA DIVE In 7m depth, lies in the sheltered waters of Porpoise Bay on the shoreward side of Dyer Island.

Sinking:

After leaving Fremantle for Shanghai carrying a cargo of lead ore and sandalwood, the Lady Elizabeth was caught in a heavy gale west of Rottnest Island and driven southward. The captain attempted to return to port via the South Passage, but ran aground. One man was lost overboard in the stormy seas.

Longitude:

115.54946

Latitude:

-32.01754

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