Iron Barque McDuff by same builder 1884 (photo SLSA)
3 Masted Barque
Crane, Colvit & Co. Master: Captain Alexander Chapman
1040 tons length 73.9m beam 10.4m depth 6m
The site rests in 7.5 metres of water on a shallow reef that is subject to swell, surge and onshore winds. The bow of the vessel is in a sand hole. The hull on the reef top with sides collapsed outwards.
1884 by Ramage & Ferguson, Leith, Scotland
At the end of Murray Reef Group approx 4km offshore, Port Kennedy
The ship left New York bound for Fremantle with a cargo of general including steel plate, cases of kerosene, pine shelving, chairs, barrels of asphalt canned goods, windmill appatus and other sundries. With a crew of 18 and 2 passengers. She struck Murray Reef heading north under full sail and broke up quickly. All crew and passengers got ashore safely. The Captain’s certificate was suspended for 12 months.
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