KATINKA (1874-1900)

Ardenconnel on a slip in unidentified port photo- SLSA.


3 masted Sailing Barque


J Brymner & Co. The vessel was converted to barque rig round 1890 and renamed Katinka owned by J D Ahlers. Later C Fesenfeldt Skipper: W Kohler






843 tons length 60m beam 9.8m draft 5.7m


Probably the most impressive wreck of the Hamelin Bay wreck sites, the Katinka was lost as an intense winter storm front swept across the bay with wind gusts reportedly reaching 85 knots. After the passing northwest front, the wind had swung south west with such force that the Katinka dragged her anchor as well as the timber company’s mooring almost a kilometre and went aground about a mile north of the Hamelin Bay jetty.


1874 by Macfadyen & Co. at Glasgow to Lloyds survey A1 as the Ship Ardenconnel


The bow section of the wreck of the Katinka lies 150 m from the beach, about 1.2 km northwards of the base of the Hamelin Jetty.


The Katinka had arrived from Reunion Island in late May, and had loaded a cargo of jarrah timber destined for South Africa from Maurice Coleman Davies’ mill. However three of the crew of fourteen deserted, and only one man having been caught, the master, W. Köhler, was obliged to go overland to Bunbury to find replacements for the two still missing. When he returned to Hamelin Bay he decided to remain ashore that night. Also in the port loading timber were the barques Lövspring and Nor’wester. THE LOSS One of the most severe storms to hit the South-West occurred in July 1900. This storm occasioned much damage and caused the loss of three vessels and the stranding of a fourth in Hamelin Bay. There were two phases to the storm—the first phase with winds from the north-north-west on 22 July, and a second phase when winds swung round to the south-west the following day. The Katinka survived the first phase but was blown from its mooring during the second phase.


115.0369633333 1874 by Macfadyen & Co. at Glasgow to Lloyds survey A1 as the Ship Ardenconnel