The Samuel Plimsoll under sail (Illustration Jack Spurling)
3 Masted Wool Clipper
George Thompson & Co. and later J & A Brown
21st Sep 1948
1510 gross tons length 73.5m beam 11.9m draft 7m
Little progress was made salvaging the hulk until 1947 when James Ball and Sons began work. In mid-July 1947, using their steam lighter Agnes, they raised two winches. By the end of September 1947 the wreck having been cut into 12 sections over a period of 5 weeks, picked up by the 80 ton floating crane pelican and dumped near beagle rocks.
1873 by Walter Hood & Co, Aberdeen, Scotland
Beagle Rocks, south of the South Mole
On 17 June 1945 the British India Steam Co.Dalgoma in ballast, snapped both its anchor cables during a gale, and was blown onto Fish Rocks, The following day it managed to get afloat, and under its own power and entered Fremantle Harbour. As it steamed between the North and South moles the engines needed to be shut down and now out of control and with a gale at its stern, charged down the harbour. The engineers on board the Dalgoma managed to start the engines just as the hulk drifted across the Steamer’s stern. The starboard propeller cut holes in the Samuel Plimsoll which very soon sank in the middle of the river opposite G Shed. It was not until early October 1945 that work began on removing 1,300 tons of coal from the sunken Samuel Plimsoll.
Lygnern and Plimsoll by Patrick Morrison MAAWA
Exploring the wreck of Lygnern / Samuel Plimsoll with Kevin Edwards
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