Shipwrecks off the coast

Below is a list of the shipwrecks off the coast of Kiama, Minnamurra and Gerringong. Some of the sinkings were right on the border with Shellharbour. We enter them here for interest sake. 

Most information written here is from the Wrecksite and from The Encyclopedia of Australian Ship Wrecks.

Wrecks are listed in no particular order.

The Kiama Life Saving Brigade were quickly on the scene however she broke up rapidly, drowning the captain all but one of her crew of five. The captain was chief officer of the steamer Tasman when lost south-east tasmania, 1883, and blamed for her loss.

Name Alexander Berry
Image alexander-berry
Type Cargo Ship
Tonnage 62
Date sunk 01 July 1901
Nationality Australian
Cargo
Built 1873
Propulsion Steam
References The wrecksite

Trove
Australian National Shipwreck Database

Heavy weather off the southern New South Wales coast forced the convoy in which she was travelling to Iran to scatter; far off course, the tanker ran aground. Despite very rough seas all personnel aboard were saved, although four were admitted to the Kiama hospital. However, the rescuers were not so fortunate, as four lost their lives during the rescue operations.Salvage operations took about ten years to complete.

Name Cities Service Boston
Image Cities_Service_Boston
Type Tanker
Tonnage 9348
Date sunk ####
Nationality American
Built 1921
Propulsion Steam
References The wrecksite

Trove
Australian National Shipwreck Database

Captain Johnson. Ashore and lost at Gerringong, Geering Bay, south of Kiama, 18 March 1888. Crew saved.

Name Growler
Image sloop
Type Schooner
Tonnage 36
Date sunk !8 March 1888
Nationality Australian
Built 1879
Propulsion Sailing ship
References The wrecksite

Trove
Australian National Shipwreck Database

On 20 June 1816, under Captain Edward Watson, sought shelter in Port Stephens during the Great Gale of 1816. With diminished provisions, two crew set out by foot for Newcastle, but were detained by aborigines and stripped of their clothing; one died. The other crawled the last three miles and alerted the authorities. Meanwhile, the sloop resumed her voyage to Newcastle.

Name Hawkesbury Packet
Image  sloop
Type Sloop
Tonnage 28
Date sunk August 1817
Nationality British
Built  -
Propulsion Sailing ship
References      The wrecksite
 
     Australian National Shipwreck Database

Ashore at Kiama in strong winds, 22 March 1870. Wedged between two rocks there was hope she would survive, but a heavy gale about a month later completely destroyed her.

Name Rangoon
Image sailing-ship
Type Barquentine
Tonnage 374
Date sunk 22 March 1870
Nationality -
Built 1852
Propulsion Sailing ship
References The wrecksite

Trove
Australian National Shipwreck Database

Struck rocks and lost at Kiama north of the blow hole, 26 December 1889.

Name Scotia
Image schooner
Type Schooner
Tonnage 52
Date sunk 26 December 1899
Nationality Australia
Built 1840
Propulsion Sailing ship
References The wrecksite

Trove
Australian National Shipwreck Database

Wrecked when drifted on to rocks at Kiama

Name Twin Sisters
Image  ketch
Type Ketch
Tonnage 49
Date sunk  4 June 1851
Nationality Australia
Built 1849
Propulsion Sailing ship
References      The wrecksite
 
     Australian National Shipwreck Database

Wrecked with all hands during a gale at Crookhaven Heads

Name SV Chippewa
Image ketch
Type Ketch
Tonnage 26
Date sunk 19 November 1868
Nationality Australia
Built 1866
Propulsion Sailing ship
References The wrecksite

Trove
Australian National Shipwreck Database

Lost 5 nm east of Gerringong, Black Head

Name FV Koraaga
Image  Koraaga
Type Cargo Ship
Tonnage  221
Date sunk 9 September 1931
Nationality Australia
Built 1915
Propulsion Steam
References  
     The wrecksite
 
     Australian National Shipwreck Database

Lost ashore Gerringong Harbour

Name Mermaid
Image  cutter
Type Cutter
Tonnage 12
Date sunk 29 August 1949
Nationality  Australia
Built 1830
Propulsion Sailing ship
References      The wrecksite
 
     Australian National Shipwreck Database

Lost at Gerringong harbour entrance

Name Swallow
Image  cutter
Type  Cutter
Tonnage  26
Date sunk 15 March 1842
Nationality Australia
Built  1836
Propulsion  Sailing ship
References      The wrecksite 
 
     Australian National Shipwreck Database

On 10 November 1856, Neptune (Edmund Parkes) was on voyage to Kiama with a cargo of shells, when she was lost off Kiama Harbour.

Name Neptune
Image ketch
Type Ketch
Tonnage 15
Date sunk 10 November 1856
Nationality Australian
Built 1844
Propulsion Sailing ship
References The wrecksite

Trove
Australian National Shipwreck Database

On 17 October 1865, Spec (Capt. J. Dawson) with a crew of 3, was lost off Kiama, Gerringong. 2 died, of which 2 crew.

Name Spec
Image  schooner
Type Schooner
Tonnage 17
Date sunk 17 October 1865
Nationality Australian
Built 1856
Propulsion Sailing ship
References      The wrecksite
 
     Australian National Shipwreck Database

On 19 June 1867, Lord of The Isles was on voyage from Bulli to Kiama with a cargo of timber and coal, when she was lost in a storm off Kiama Harbour.

Name Lord of the Isles
Image ketch
Type Ketch
Tonnage 28
Date sunk 10 November 1856
Nationality Australian
Built 1855
Propulsion Sailing ship
References The wrecksite

Trove
Australian National Shipwreck Database

On 05 July 1878, Millewa (Hc Christison) was on voyage to Kiama with a cargo of general and a crew of 3, when she was wrecked off Kiama.

Name Millewa
Image ketch
Type Ketch
Tonnage 30
Date sunk 5 July 1878
Nationality Australian
Built 1877
Propulsion Sailing ship
References The wrecksite
Trove
Australian National Shipwreck Database

On 05 July 1878, Millewa (Hc Christison) was on voyage to Kiama with a cargo of general and a crew of 3, when she was wrecked off Kiama.

Name The Lady of the Lake
Image schooner
Type Schooner
Tonnage 41
Date sunk 31 August 1879
Nationality
Built
Propulsion Sailing ship
References The wrecksite

Trove
Australian National Shipwreck Database


On 12 February 1883, Nile was on voyage from Kiama to Sydney when she was wrecked off Kiama (north West reef).

Name SV Nile
Image nile
Type Brig
Tonnage 164
Date sunk 12 February 1883
Nationality Australian
Built 1859
Propulsion Sailship
References The wrecksite

Trove
Australian National Shipwreck Database

On 19 September 1889, Ino was on voyage from Wollongong to Moruya with a cargo of coal, 60 tons, when she was wrecked off Kiama, Robertson Basin.


Name Ino
Image ketch
Type Ketch
Tonnage 40
Date sunk 19 September 1889
Nationality Australian
Built 1864
Propulsion Sail ship
References The wrecksite

Trove
Australian National Shipwreck Database

On 10 November 1856, Neptune (Edmund Parkes) was on voyage to Kiama with a cargo of shells, when she was lost off Kiama Harbour.

Name Bernard and Isabel
Image ketch
Type Ketch
Tonnage 22
Date sunk 2 May 1875
Nationality Australian
Built 1873
Propulsion Sailing ship
References Australian National Shipwreck Database

Trove

On 28 December 1879, Margaret was on voyage from Shoalhaven to Sydney with a cargo of timber and a crew of 3, when she was lost in a storm off Gerringong, Black Point.

Name Margaret
Image ketch
Type Ketch
Tonnage 25
Date sunk 28 December 1879
Nationality Australian
Built 1867
Propulsion Sailing ship
References The wrecksite

Trove

Australian National Shipwreck Database

Captain Johnson. Ashore and lost at Gerringong, Geering Bay, south of Kiama, 18 March 1888. Crew saved.

Name Frolic
Image  ketch
Type Ketch
Tonnage 26
Date sunk ?
Nationality Australian
Built 1853
Propulsion Sailing ship
References      The wrecksite
 
     Australian National Shipwreck Database