The wreck lies in about 8m of water at the base of a 3-4m reef wall, very little wreckage protrudes more than 1m from the bottom and partially covered in sand.
1869 by John Johnson at Bideford, North Devon, England
Mewstone Reef, near Rottnest Island
Sailing from Mauritius to Adelaide in Ballast with a crew of 10, ship encountered strong winds forcing her northwards, a strong squall shifted sand ballast and pumps chocked and the master headed for Fremantle. During the night watch was posted to observe the Rottnest light, but owing to bad visibility, it was not sighted properly before hitting the reef. All crew got ashore in boats. All inquiries against Captain Hodges were dismissed at subsequent Inquiry.
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