SHIPWRECKS OF TASMANIA                       Enter here to bring up frames page with book codes if not already loaded.

The smallest, least populated and arguably the most beautiful state of Australia, Tasmania lies off the south-east coast of the mainland and includes most of the islands (and waters) of Bass Strait. Discovered in 1642 by the Dutch navigator Abel Tasman, who named it Van Diemen's Land in honour of the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies, he took possession for Holland. Later explorers included Furneaux (1773), Cook (1777), Bligh (1788), D'Entrecasteaux (1792) and Baudin (1802). The first settlement, convict based of course, was in 1803. Van Diemen's land separated from New South Wales in 1825 and became a separate colony. Convicts, and a huge increase in free immigaration, swelled the populatuion in the 1820s, with settlements developing on the north and east coast, and the south-east near the infamous Port Arthur penal colony. In 1855, the name of the island and its political inclusions was changed to Tasmania. Mining and timber led a boost in the economy in the later half of the 19th century, and gold was discovered in 1877. Immigration comenced a decline in the late 1890s, with many seeking their fiortune on the mainland. Coastal shipping plied the east and north coast, rather than the more open and treacherous seas off the west coast, with its rugged coastline and lack of shelter. Appropriately named Hell's Gates, the narrow entrance into Macquarie Harbour on the west coast, claimed many victims. Several of the vessels lost in Tasmanian waters were bringing convicts from England. Most of the vessels listed here are small coastal and fishing vessels, although several sailing vessels are noted for their size. The listing does not include the Bass Strait islands of the Furneaux and Kent Groups at the eastern entrance, and King Island to the west; these islands are politically part of Tasmania.

The main reference is that of Broxam and Nash with their superbly detailed two volume set, Tasmanian Shipwrecks, covering the periods 1797-1899 [TS1] and 1900 - 1999 [TS2]. Surprisingly, Loney did not publish on Tasmanian shipwrecks, other than those at Hell's Gates [LHG], and the Bass Strait islands (separate listings). Broxam and Nash referenced Harry O'May's Wrecks in Tasmanian Waters, so this excellent book, published in the 1950s, has not been separately referenced, but is worthy of note. Two other books, not yet referenced but worthy of note, are those by L.Norman: Pioneer Shipping of Tasmania (1938), and Sea Wolves and Bandits (1946). Also W.Lawson's Blue Gum Clippers and Whale Ships of Tasmania, 1949. These have also been referenced by Broxam and Nash. The reason for so many listings for Tasmania, disproportionate to its size and population, is in great part due to the thoroughness of Broxam and  Nash.

[1427 records]

Associated links:  FURNEAUX GROUP      KENT GROUP       KING ISLAND

A.N.M. 3. Steel barge, 300 ton. Built for military use in 1944. Subsequently employed in freighting newsprint from New Norfolk to Hobart. Scuttled off Betsey Island, Tasmania, 30 October 1984. [TS2]

A.N.M. 4.  Steel barge, 300 tons. Built for military use in 1944 and subsequently employed in freighting newsprint from the Australian Newsprint Mills at Boyer near New Norfolk to Hobart. Scuttled off Betsey Island, Tasmania, 1 October 1984.   [TS2]

A.N.M. 5.  Steel barge, 300-ton. Built for military use in 1944; subsequently employed in freighting newsprint from the Australian Newsprint Mills at Boyer near New Norfolk to Hobart. Scuttled off Betsey Island, 31 October 1986. [TS2]

A.N.M. 6. Steel barge, 300 ton. Built for military use in 1944. Subsequently employed in freighting newsprint from New Norfolk to Hobart. Scuttled off Betsey Island, Tasmania, 30 October 1984. [TS2]

Abeona. Brigantine, whaler, 97 tons. Built at Brus D’Or Lake, Cape Breton, Canada, 1832; reg. Hobart 8/1845. Lbd 62.0 x 18.9 x 11.3 ft. Captain Thomas McGrath. Dragged ashore when two lines parted, and broke up rapidly,  at New Harbour, south coast Tasmania, 22 June 1848. All hands saved. Her oil and some gear was later recovered by the schooner Adelaide. [TS1],[ASW1]
In 1843, involved in rescue - see schooner Naiad, lost off Cape Naturaliste, Tasmania. [TS1]
In 1846, involved in rescue - see barque Maria Orr, lost Tasmanian waters.  [TS1]

Abeona. See ketch Alice, lost Battery Point, Tasmania, 1877.

Aberdona (sometimes Adeona or Aberdonia). Coastal vessel, unregistered. Stranded inside South Arm, but although severely damaged, was later recovered, August 1862. [TS1]

Aberdona. See ketch Alice, lost Battery Point, Tasmania, 1877.

Acacia. Barque,  Acacia, 225/200 tons. # 57515. Built Hobart, 1871; reg. Hobart Reg. Hobart 4/1871, 3/1898. Lbd 118.0 x 24.0 x 12.0 ft.  Captain A. V. Saunier. Sailed from Port Esperance, Tasmania, for Port Adelaide on 20 June 1904 with a cargo of timber;  last seen passing Maatsuyker Island the following morning in very poor weather. Coastal steamer Breone sent from Hobart but nothing found. Found 31 January 1905 on the beach south of the Mainwaring Inlet, by one of the crew of the fishing boat Ripple, engaged in unofficial beachcombing of salvage from the wreck of the Brier Holme (q.v.). The barque may have hit what were later named the Acacia Rocks, which lie about a mile south-west of Mainwaring Inlet. Nine lost. [TS2]

Acacia. Barque, 200 tons. Built Hobart 1871. Sailed from Port Esperance, tasmania with a cargo for Port Adelaide on 20 June 1904, but not seen again. Her wreckage was found nine months later by the crew of the fishing boat Ripple which was seeking flotsam from the wreck of the Brier Holme.  [NH],[LAH]

Actaeon. Ship, 305 tons. Built at Fort Gloster, India, 1815; owned by J. Scott & Co. of Calcutta.  Captain John Mackay. Wrecked on  the outer ledge of the reef that now bears her name, between Recherche Bay and Southport Lagoon, D’Entrecasteaux Channel, 26 October 1822. She had sailed from Mauritius for Hobart with a general cargo including salt pork, spirits, wine and soap, much of which was salvaged by the  brigs Prince Leopold and Deveron.  All hands landed safely, however, two of the Prince Leopold’s crew were drowned when their boat capsized. [TS1],[ASW1]

Active. Auxiliary ketch, 22/14 tons. # 61038.  Built at Penguin Creek, Tasmania, 1869; reg. Launceston 2/1869, 10/1885, 1/1917. Lbd 52.2 x 13.9 x 5.2 ft. Originally a cutter of 15 tons, 37.8 x 13.4 x 5.6 ft; lengthened and rerigged as a ketch in 1897. Master E. Lockwood. Founded after bumbing the dredge Ponrabbel and starting a plank, mouth of Tamar river, Tasmania, 8 May 1937.
Efforts to refloat the Active failed; eventually blown up with explosives to prevent her from being a hazard to shipping.  [TS2]

Ada Burgess. Fishing ketch. Involved in rescue - see auxiliary fishing ketch Rachel Thompson, lost Tasmania, 1922. [TS2]

Adelaide. Fishing ketch, 12 tons. Length 30 ft. Master-owner W. G. Jarman. Destroyed by fire whilst anchored off Cape Portland, Tasmania, 10 November 1921.
On 9 September 1921, stranded on the beach at East Wynyard, Tasmania. [TS2]

Adelaide. Schooner. Involved in salvage - see whaler Abeona, Tasmania, 1848. [TS1]

Adeline. Auxiliary fishing launch, 28ft. Stolen at Currie, King Island, on 18 March1950. Wreckage found spread along the beaches around Loch Ard Gorge, west coast Victoria.  [TS2]

Adeona. See ketch Alice, lost Battery Point, Tasmania, 1877.

Advance. Auxiliary motor fishing vessel, LFB No. 178 (TBG), 7 tons. Built 1949-50. Lbd 32.0 x 10.0 x 4.2 ft. Capsized and sank a mile off Currie Lighthouse, King Island, 2 February 1977. [TS2]

Advance. Steam tug. See auxiliary ketch Flying Scud, lost Tasmania, 1961.  [TS2]

Aeolus. Cutter, 21 tons. Built on the Huon River , Tasmania, 1843; reg. Hobart 26/1843, 23/1845. Lbd 31.3 x 11.2 x 5.7 ft. Deleted from register in December 1868. [TS1]
On 15 August 1844, while on a voyage from the Huon for Hobart with timber, lost her rudder in heavy swells as she entered the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and lost her and drifted ashore onto Huon Island.  All hands landed safely and the vessel was later refloated.
On 7 July 1861, sank off The Snug, North West Bay, Tasmania, during heavy weather  She was recovered.

Aglet. Cutter, approx. 7 tons. Uunregistered. Reported lost between the Forth and Leven Rivers, north-west coast Tasmania, 21 July 1858.

Agnes. Fishing boat. Engaged in salvage - see ketch Julia, lost Swan island, Tasmania, 1883.

Agnes. Schooner, 50 tons. Lbd 52.4 x 15.5 x 8.6 ft. Built at Twofold Bay, 1837; reg. Hobart, 16/1837. Captain Thomas Gray. Sailed from Launceston for Port Phillip Bay on 23 September 1839 but failed to arrive. Captain Marr of the barque Britomart reported sighting wreckage drifting in Bass Strait that may have been from the missing vessel.  Finally, around June 1840 a quantity of wreckage was found on the beach near Cape Schanck, on the Victorian coast, including some gold-lettered drawers, part of fittings for a chemist’s shop in Melbourne which had been consigned on board the Agnes. [TS1]

 Agnes. Steamer. Built at Launceston, 1894; reg. 1/1894. Was fitted with the engine salvaged from the steamship Indignant, lost through fire at George Town, Tasmania, 1893. [TS1]

Agnes & Elizabeth. Schooner, 74 tons. Built at Hobart, 1840; reg. Hobart, 2/1840, 69/1852. Lbd 58.6 x 16.0 x 9.9 ft . Master James Pie. From Swanport to Hobart, wrecked on a reef off Waterloo Point on the east coast Tasmania, 21 August 1854. All hands saved. [TS1]

Agnes Wilson. Barquentine, 387/349 tons. # 73937. Built at Prince Edward Island, 1875; reg. Melbourne 7/1882. Originally rigged as a barque. Lbd 122.6 x 28.5 x 14.9 ft. Captain W. Dowling. Stranded, wrecked, at the Heads whilst being towed out of the Mersey River, Tasmania, by the steamer Thistle, 27 July 1883. [TS1]

Agnew. Iron steam dredge/ self-propelled hopper-barge, 203/161 tons. # 57613. Built Hobart, 1887; reg. Hobart  4/1887. Lbd 112.2 x 26.2 x 9.5 ft. She was the first and only iron vessel built in Tasmania; with a tradition of timber shipbuilding and plenty of raw materials, it was not until the late 1940s that the first welded steel vessel was built in Tasmania. Aground in fog just east of the Mersey Heads, Tasmania, 13 February 1939. Dismantled where she lay.
In 1889, involved in rescue - see ketch Pauline, lost Tasmania.

Ailsa. Racing yacht, 21ft. Built at Hobart 1896. Lost or damaged beyong repair due to devastating floods in the Launceston, Tamar River basin, April 1929. [TS2]

Ailsa. Cutter, 5 tons, 26.3 ft. # 101735. Ex Violet III. Built Geelong, 1900; reg. Melbourne 5/1901. Register closed 1934 with coment ' wrecked at Bellerive (Tasmania) some years ago'.  [TS2]

Alabama. Ketch, 44 tons. # 32129. Built on the Huon River, Tasmania, 1864; reg. Hobart 17/1864. Lbd 66.0 x 18.9 x 5.8 ft. Sank after being hit by the river steamer Nubeena, between Long Bay and The Flower Pots on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, 27 February 1896. The crew of four were picked up by the steamer, which had suffered little damage, and returned to Hobart.  The ketch had been in ballast on a voyage from Hobart to Port Esperance, where she was to load timber. Although the Alabama was raised, she was beyond repair. The Nubeena was found to be at fault. [TS1]
On 19 April 1871, capsized on the Derwent, Tasmania. Refloated.
On 17 February 1874 sank on the Huon after hitting a snag. Refloated.
On 20 July 1876, stranded at Primrose Point, Forestier Peninsular, Tasmania.

Aladdin. Wooden gunpowder hulk, formerly a full-rigged ship, and in later years a barque, 264 tons. # 32028. Built as a 12-gun brig at the Plymouth Dockyard, England, 1825, as the 12-gun brig Mutine; reg. Hobart  9/1875 in the name of John Henry, on the behalf of the Government of Tasmania. Sister-ship to the Britomart lost Furneaux Group, 1840. Lbd 98.0 x 23.4 x 18.6 ft. Destroyed with explosives by the Army’s Engineer Corps, 2 December 1899. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash add, confusingly:
Aladdin. 1899. The wreck blown up in 1899 was not the Aladdin [TS2]

Albatros. Ketch. See Mary Virginia.  [TS2]

Albatross. Cutter, 25 tons. # 32117. Built at Barnes Bay, Bruny Island as the United Family, 1861; renamed when first registered at Hobart 1/1864. Lbd 40.8 x 15.5 x 5.1 ft. Ashore at Bull Bay, Bruny Island, during a gale, 30 August 1884. Later sank in deep water. All hands landed safely. [TS1]

Albatross. Steamer. Involved in rescue - see stranded schooner Enterprises, Deal Island, Kent Group, 1892.

Albatros II. Fishing boat. Involved in rescue - see Moya Ann, lost Tasmania, 1986.  [TS2]

Albert. Two masted wooden schooner, 44 tons. Built on the Albert River, Gippsland, 1849; reg. Melbourne, 15/1849, 9/1850.  Lbd 50 x 15 x 7.7 ft. Master George Brush. Sailed from Circular Head, Tasmania, for Melbourne on 9 September 1850 but failed to arrive.  She had hit the Fourth River bar while outward bound but the master elected to wait till he reached Melbourne to have effect repairs.  The damage may have been more serious than he suspected.  [TS1],[LPA],[ASW1]

Albert Packet. Schooner, 103 tons. Built on the Huon River, Tasmania, 1850; reg. Hobart, 36/1850. Lbd 81.1 x 19.3 x 9.4 ft. Master Arthur Wright. Wrecked on a reef off Little Swan Island, Tasmania, end June 1851. All hands being picked up by the barque Victoria Packet. [TS1]

Albion. Cutter, 17 tons. # 32229. Lbd 38.4 x 13.3 x 6.0 ft. Built Tasmania, 1856; reg. Launceston 8/1861. Captain Reid. Sailed from the Mersey, north coast Tasmania, for Melbourne with a cargo of potatoes when  she encountered heavy gales that blew her around Bass Strait;  stranded at East Hunter (Three Hummock) Island, 17 September 1862. Not worth salvaging. Crew of four reached Circular Head in the boat. [TS1]

Albion. Ketch, 11 tons. # 61069. Built at Launceston, 1874; reg. Launceston 13/1876. Lbd 38.0 x 12.5 x 4.15 ft. Engaged in the Tamar River trade for many years Master-owner Oscar W. Mackenzie.  Whilst attending to the repair of the damaged steamer Cambria, sailed from Table Cape, Tasmania, probably for Circular Head, but never seen again, presumed foundered with the two crew. [TS1]

Alcandre. Schooner. Sailed in company with a vessel believed to be the ship Harlech Castle, later missing in Bass Strait, 1870. [TS1]

Aldebaran. Iron hulk, ex 3-masted barque Concordia, 466/429 tons. # 106250.  Built Sunderland, UK, 1869;  reg. Hobart 60/1899. Lbd 150.9 x 27.3 x 15.9 ft. Hulked at Hobart by the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand, Ltd. on 13 April 1948 and subsequently beached in Norfolk Bay near Dunalley, Tasmania, as a breakwater.
~ Remains visible (2001). [TS2],[LH - converted to a coal hulk in 1912]

Alert. Racing yacht, 5 tons. Built Hobart, 1880. Lbd 28.0 x 9.0 x 4.0 ft. Sank off Slopen Island, Tasmania, October 1910.
Broxham and Nash do not claim positive identification of the lost vessel. [TS2]

Alert. Schooner, 17 tons.Built at Hobart, 1832; reg. Hobart # 5/1832.  Lbd 35 x 11-8 x 5-8 ft. No longer trading after 1850. [TS1]

Alert. Schooner, 92 tons. Built at the Bellinger River, NSW, 1846; reg. Sydney, 92/1846, Launceston, 1/1853. Lbd 67.7 x 19.2 x 8.2 ft. Master Ambrose Drewitt. In a gale, beached about three miles south of the Arthur River, west coast Tasmania, to save the lives, 25 March 1854. All hands landed safely, and after some difficulty,  walked overland to Mount Cameron and Woolnorth, where they were taken to Circular Head in two boats. On 22 March 1854, she had stranded in a gale at Belfast (Port Fairy), Victoria, refloated after two months, and sailed for Launceston when lost. [TS1]

Alexander Alison. Steel twin-screw (double-ended) motor vessel, 385/173 tons. Ex Frances Peat, renamed 1951. # 178413. Built Sydney, 1930 for a ferry service across the Hawkesbury River; reg. Hobart 8/1959. Lbd 152 x 36 x 8 ft. Purchased in New Zealand by the Government of Tasmania in 1959 for the Bruny Island ferry service. Left Auckland on 23 April 1960 in tow of the Union Steamship Company's motor vessel Kaitoa; sprang a plate, foundered in deep water some 240 miles from Hobart.  [TS2]

Alfhild. Iron barque, 1443/1145 tons. # 73738. Built at Dumbarton, UK, as the Rockhurst, 1876; reg. Gottenburg. Lbd 229.2 x 38.3 x 22.5ft. Captain Bangtssen. From Rio de Janeiro for Hobart, to load timber for the UK, ashore in a gale on the headland that now bears her name between Green Island and Port Davey, Tasmania, 10 October 1907. Hard aground close to cliffs, the vessel was swept by huge seas and within half an hour had broken into three pieces.  The crew had to cut away the rigging to launch the boats. Four subsequently drowned. Those who survived were in a desperate situation.A small boat was found and after the greatest of difficulties, six men landed at Maatsuyker Island, and later taken to Hobart on Koonookarra. The Koonookarra was immediately provisioned to seek the remaining castaways, on 18 October, but none of the remaining seven men were found alive. About the only thing recovered from the wreck was the bell, inscribed with her original name Rockhurst, which was later fitted to the river steamer Marana then under construction in Hobart, and is now housed in the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.  Skeleton, believed to be that of one of the crew, found west coast Tasmania, 1908. [TS2][#NH],[LAH - Captain Bangstom]

Alfred & Jacob. Schooner, 35 tons. # 31770. Built at Port Esperance, 1850; reg.Geelong, reg. Hobart 61/1851. Lbd 50.5 x 14.5 x 7.4 ft. Engaged in the Port Phillip Bay trade between 1852 and 1855, then to Hobart. Ashore on rocks at Yellow Bluff , Tasmania, July 1856. Crew landed safely.
On 10 December 1855, sprung a leak in Bass Strait while on her delivery voyage from Geelong, beached at East Beach, Tamar Heads; pronounced a total wreck, she was however refloated. [TS1]

Alfred & Lizzie. Ketch, 30 tons. # 57528. Built at Port Esperance, Tasmania, 1872; reg. Hobart 6/1872. Lbd 60.0 x 16.4 x 5.2 ft. Captain C. Walker. From Sorell for Hobart with a cargo of fire-wood, struck by a heavy squall of Betsey Island and lost her mainsail; strong southerly winds blew her towards Hope Beach, Tasmania, and when her anchors dragged was wrecked ashore, 27 August 1894. Three crew saved after twelve hours in the rigging. [TS1]

Alice. Ketch. Rebuilt at Mackay’s yards, Battery Point, Tasmania, in mid-1876 after lying derelict for some time. Unregistered. Blown from her moorings in the Derwent and drifted down the river into Storm Bay, 12 August 1877. SS Truganini came across the vessel in a sinking condition, but abandoned her after taking off the crew of two. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash report:
She may have been the Alice, ex Adeona, which had been passed in at auction in November 1865. Occasionally reported as Abeona or Aberdona, this vessel was trading in 1858.
Broxam and Nash also list:
Alice. Ketch. Unregistered. Dragged her anchors in a gale and went ashore at Tinderbox Bay on the River Derwent, Tasmania, 21 May 1887. Probably lost. [TS1]
Reinelt lists:
Allice. Ketch. Lost off the St. Helens bar, Tasmania. [RW]

Alice. Auxiliary ketch, 49/45 tons. # 105700. Built at Port Cygnet, Tasmania, 1904; reg. Melbourne 1/1923. Lbd 65.7 x 20.0 x 6.0 ft. Master James Henry Fletcher. From Launceston for St. Helens with a cargo including case petrol, furniture for the Eddystone lighthouse and a motor launch on deck, touched the bar at Georges Bay, filled, abandoned, 4 May 1927.  [TS2]
Alice Maud. Fishing smack. Master-owner Anthony Matthews. On the night of 22 September 1895 dreadful gales lashed the southern coast of Tasmania, with waves so high they broke the glass in the Derwent Lighthouse on the Iron Pot, ninety feet above sea level.  Three vessels were lost, two unidentified vessels, and the Alice Maud, ashore at Lady’s Bay, wrecked. Crew of two saved. [TS1]

Alice Maud. Fishing vessel, 5 tons, 40 ft. Apparently abandoned Kangaroo Bay, Tasmania. [TS2]

Alice Maud. Cutter, 16 tons. # 61054. Built at Battery Point, West Tamar, Tasmania, 1872; reg. Hobart 6/1876. Lbd 40.0 x 14.4 x 5.8 ft. Modified in 1876: ketch, 26 gross, lbd 56.1 x 14.4 x 5.8 ft. Master-owner Benjamin Boxall. From Hobart to Eaglehawk Neck, ashore at  White Rock, South Arm, 17 March 1918. The river steamer Mongana towed her off, but as she was filling rapidly, was beached near Gellibrand’s Grave Beach, South Arm, where she became a total wreck.
On 21 May 1887, sank at her moorings below Three Hut Point, Tasmania, during a gale; refloated. [TS2],[TS1]

Alissa. Motor cray fishing vessel, 21/14 tons. Ex Molly R., ex Sheila Maree. Reg. as Sheila Maree, # 196995. Built Launceston, 1959; reg. Hobart 7/1960. Lbd 38.4 x 12.6 x 7.3 ft. Holed and sank rapidly, Walker Island, Maatsuyker Group, Tasmania, 6 July 1981. Two crew saved. [TS2]

Alla Francis. Auxiliary fishing boat. Unregistered. Master-owner C. Southorn. Ashore, wrecked, on Roaring Beach, South Arm, Tasmania, February 1948.   [TS2]

Allison. Cutter, 21 tons. Built at North West Bay, Tasmania, 1844; reg. Hobart 10/1844, 76/1853. Lbd 41.4 x 12.5 x 5.3 ft. Laden with timber, ashore, wrecked, at Lady’s Bay, Tasmania, December 1861. [TS1]
In February 1859, had been instrumental in saving several lives when the Lady Bay settlement was totally destroyed by a bush fire.
In February 1861, driven ashore from her moorings at Lady’s Bay in a north-easterly gale and suffered considerable damage.

Allison. Cutter, 9.5 tons. # 32158. Built at Hobart, 1866; reg. Hobart 2/1867. Lbd  34.7 x 10.4 x 4.9 ft. Engaged for most of her career in the firewood trade between North-West Bay and Hobart, the Alison last appears inward bound on 7 July 1871 and presumably came to grief on a voyage between the two ports shortly afterwards. [TS1],[ASR indicates ‘lost prior to 1874']

Allison. Cutter. On 7 July 1861, ashore at Sandy Bay, Tasmania, during a gale which wrought havoc in south-east Tasmania. [TS1]
Possibly one of the two cutters listed above.

Alma Doepel. Three-masted schooner, wood, 150 tons gross. Built at Bellinger River, NSW, 1903. Lbd 105 x 26.6 x 7.6 ft. Worked the limestone run between southport and the carbide works at Electrona, south of Hobart. Became redundant but fortunateely was rescued by a group of enthusiasts and beautifully restored. Now operating out of Victorian waters. [LH]

Alma. Fishing vessel, 10 tons, 33 ft. Unregistered. Sank a mile off Vansittart Island, Furneaux Group, 5 December 1958. Two men saved.  [TS2]

Almark. Fishing vessel, 11 tons. Built around 1910; unregistered. Lbd 41-8 x 12 x 4-6 ft. Wrecked between Whale Head and Three Hillock Point, Tasmania, Friday 13 May 1966. Two crew saved. [TS2]

Alonnah. River steamer, 47 tons. Built 1911. Broken up at Mount Direction, Tasmania.. [TS2]

Alpha. Schooner, 117/97 tons. # 117614. Built Nambucca, NSW, 1903; reg. Hobart 3/1916. Lbd 92.4 x 25.1 x 7.0 ft. Captain H. Rowlands. From Leprena, Tasmania,  for Melbourne with timber,
aground on a reef off Waterhouse Point, Waterhouse Island, Tasmania, 10 September 1921. Much of the schooner's gear and fittings, including a deck engine, were recovered, but she soon broke in two. Crew  saved. [TS2],[LC - lost at Tomahawk Island, Tasmania]

Amelia. Schooner, 17 tons. Lbd 33-6 x 12 x 4-3 ft. Built at Hobart, 1827; reg. Hobart, 14/1831, 8/1836. Captain Samuel Rhodes. From Port Arthur to Hobart and Swanport, dismasted and waterlogged off Cape Pillar, the northern headland of Storm Bay, and taken in tow by the Juliet, however the Amelia was sinking fast and the line cast, 2 December 1837. The Juliet took the five Amelia crew to Sydney. [TS1],[ASW1 - Master William Moore]
On 11 June 1831, sailed from Hobart for Oyster Bay but sprang a leak in a gale and capsized off Wedge Bay, Storm Bay, Tasmania.  Two of the crew were drowned but her master, Captain Leard, was rescued by a whaleboat. The schooner was later towed into Wedge Bay and righted. [TS1][ASW1 - Captain Linard]

Amelia. Schooner, 12 tons. Built at Hobart, 1842; reg. Hobart 27/1842, 42/1854. Lbd 32.1 x 12.5 x 5.2 ft. Master-owner Robert Connor.  A regular trader from the Huon and Channel in 1850, there is no trace of the vessel in coasters’ lists resumed in 1858. [TS1]

Amelia J. Three-masted schooner,  404/353 tons. # 133493. Built Hobart, 1919; reg. Hobart 2/1919.  Lbd 153.0 x 30.6 x 14.3 ft. Captain George Atwell. Sailed from Newcastle for Hobart on 21 August 1920 with coal, total crew of twelve, but failed to arrive. She was last seen off Jervis Bay, NSW by the crew of SS Melbourne on 5 September 1920. Her owners arranged for SS Musgrave to conduct a search of the Furneaux Group, beginning what was probably the largest search for a missing vessel yet conducted in Australia, and the first to make use of aircraft. The Government initially refused to send a warship in search of the Amelia J., but the public outcry was so great that HMAS Platypus was sent to investigate the Furneaux Group, considered to be the most likely spot the vessel may have come to grief. On 23 September 1920, two De Havilland 9A biplanes took off to fly over the Furneaux Group.  One of these, flown by Major Stutt, was last seen flying into heavy cloud on the north-western coast of Cape Barren Island before it too disappeared, and the search for the missing schooner had to be extended to cover it as well. The Platypus was later withdrawn to search for survivors of the ill-fated Southern Cross (q.v.) and replaced by the destroyer Swordsman.  Other searches centred on the Furneaux Group were also carried out by the SS Dolphin, the motor launch Toroa, and the SS Melbourne. No trace of either schooner or aircraft was ever found.  [TS2]

Amy. Brig, 168 tons.Built at Poole, England, 1817; reg. Melbourne, 100/1853.  Lbd 77.8 x 23.2 x 14.6 ft. Master and part-owner George Roberts. Wrecked on the bar off Mersey Heads, Devonport, Tasmania, 8 January 1854. All saved.  [TS1]

Amy. Cutter. Presumed lost on Dotterel Reef near Tamar Heads, Tasmania, 16 December 1859. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash state:
The Amy was not a British Registered Ship, but was probably the decked cutter of that name, 15 tons register, auctioned at Launceston on 11 September 1855.

Amy. Steamer, 74/38 tons. # 73335. Built at Pyrmont, Sydney, 1875; reg. Melbourne 9/1904. Lbd 96.6 x 15.1 x 6.5ft. Originally a vessel of 53/36 tons, lbd 81.2 x 15.0 x 6.9ft., she was extensively altered at West Devonport in 1898.  Owned by W. Holyman & Sons. Sailed from Launceston for Hobart via St. Helens; her steering gear failed while passing over the St. Helen’s bar, ashore,  9 February 1911. Finally wrecked when a gale came in four days later. All saved. [TS2],[LPA]
In 1879 involved in rescue - see ketch Sarah Ann, lost Tasmania, 1879.

Amy Louise. Steamer 55/32 tons. # 57571. Built at Franklin, Huon River, Tasmania, 1876; reg. Hobart 3/1887. Lbd 77.6 x 17.7 x 6.3 ft. Originally built as a trading ketch of 36 tons, 64.4 x 17.7 x 5.2 ft.; fitted with a steam engine in 1887. Wrecked and scuttled off Franklin Island, Tasmania, 20 February 1915.
On  20 October 1909, caught fure at her moorings at Hobart, the watchman being unable to find a bucket to extinguish it. Repaired.
In May 1901, ashore .
In February 1904, ashore at Roberts Point, Tasmania.  [TS2]

Amy Moir. Ketch, 71 tons. # 93596. Built East Gosford, Brisbane Water, NSW, 1888; reg. Melbourne 2/1902. Lbd 80.3 x 23.2 x 6.2 ft. Captain H. Johnson. From Port Esperance to Melbourne with timber,
in bad weather, wrecked at Mersey Bluff in the Mersey, Tasmania, 25 June 1906.
On 4 April 1904, ran into the cutter Spray at Lagoon Bay, near Tamar Heads, due to the fact that the cutter was not showing any lights. [TS2]

Amy Robsart. Brigantine, 75 tons. # 52370. Built at Brisbane Water, NSW, 1865; reg. Melbourne 21/1881. Lbd 76.0 x 20.5 x 7.6 ft. Master-owner Robert Henry. From the Don River to Macquarie Harbour, tasmania, encountered a gale off Trial Harbour, became unmanageable and drifted ashore near Conical Rocks, wrecked, 28 Fewnruary 1883. Crew saved. [TS1]
On 23 May 1881, under master-owner Edward Taylor, stranded at the Don, Tasmania.

Andy. Crafisshing vessel, 5 tons. Lbd 25.5 x 9.0 x 3.75 ft. On rocks, wrecked, after a line became entangled in her propeller, Tasmanian waters, 9 April 1976. [TS2]

Anglo Saxon. Barque. Involved in rescue - see schooner Boscarne, Erith Ilsand, 1866. [TS1]

Ann. Schooner, 14 tons.Built at Compton Ferry, Tasmania, 1831; reg. Hobart, # 10/1831, # 6/1835.   Lbd 32-6 x 11-3 x 5 ft. No official trace after Peter Smith appointed master on 9 April 1835.  There was a vessel of that name in the river trade in 1850, but there is no evidence to prove it is the same one. [TS1]

Ann. Schooner, 29 tons. # 32053. Built on the Tamar River, Tasmania, 1852; reg. Launceston 20/1852, Hobart 46/1853. Lbd 51.0 x 14.4 x 6.1 ft.  Master James Carver. From Launceston for Hobart with a cargo of potatoes, ran onto the reef north-west of Swan Island, foundered in deep water ten minutes later, 6 October 1871. Crew landed at Swan Island; picked up by SS Southern Cross and landed at Hobart. [TS1],[ASR - ‘lost prior to 1874']

Ann. Brigantine, 135 tons. # 42981. Built at Summerside, Prince Edward Island, 1863; reg. Sydney 11/1865, Melbourne 3/1870. Lbd 90.1 x 25.2 x 10.8 ft. Captain Scott. Engaged to salvage Loch Leven, then headed for the Inglis River in search of cargo;  drifted ashore at King’s Bluff. arrived when the cable fouled and the vessel’s bow swung around, 9 November 1871.All hands landed safely. [TS1]
In July 1869, stranded on Frankland Reef, Flinders Island, and beached to prevent her from sinking.  Although written off as a total wreck she was later refloated and repaired.

Ann & Jane. Cutter, 20 tons. Unregistered. Sailed from Hobart for Port Davey with stores for the piners on 14 October 1860; forced back to New Harbour to shelter where strong winds blew her ashore, wrecked, 30 October 1860. All hands saved. [TS1]

Ann Allen. Ketch, 16 gross. # 57500. Built Port Cygnet, 1869; reg. Hobart 1/1869. Lbd 44.9 x 13.6 x 4.5 ft. Owner-master W. W. Ford. On a voyage from Barnes Bay to Hobart with firewood when capsized off Crayfish Point, Tasmania, in a squall, 6 March 1923. Crew saved by fishing ketch Belle Brandon; fishing cutter Frolic was sent in search of the capsized ketch, but was unable to find her in the darkness.

Annie. Paddle steamer. Involved in rescue - see SS Percy, Tasmania, 1870.

Annie. Schooner, 35 tons. # 31938. Lbd 55.4 x 14.4 x 5.9 ft. Built Hobart, 1853; reg. Hobart 36/1853. Dereleict at Geilston Bay, Tasmania. Register was closed on 24 May 1921 with the comment ‘condemned and broken up by the Marine Board of Hobart’. However, it is also possible that the vessel aground at Geilston Bay was the schooner officially known as the Annie, # 32074, 38 tons gross, built at Satellite Island, D’Entrecasteaux Channel, 1849, lbd  49.2 x 18.0 x 4.5 ft. Her register was closed on 30 June 1918 when Customs were informed that she had been ‘lost in the River Derwent many years ago’. [TS2]
Annie. Ketch, 42 tons. Built Hobart, 1878. Wrecked Swansea, Tasmania, August, 1887. [ASR]

Annie. Schooner. Involved in rescue - see Katharine Sharer, Tasmania, 1855. [TS1]

Annie. Whaleboat. South Arm to Hobart with timber,  lost her rudder off Cartwright’s Point, Tasmania, and stranded on Shipwright’s Point, wrecked, 1 January 1866. Crew saved. [TS1]

Annie Bow. Brig, 257/250 tons. # 62420. Built Garmouth, Scotland, 1869; reg. Sydney 1/1890. As a coal hulk, sprang a leak and sank alongside King's Pier, Hobart, 23 March 1924.  After several unsuccessful attempts were made to refloat her, she was blown up with explosives.

Annie Jane. Fishing boat. Involved in rescue - see fishing smack Britannia, lost Tasmania, 1909. [TS2]

Annie Jane. Fishing vessel, 15 tons, 39 ft. Blown from moorings at Kingston Beach, Tasmania, during a gale, 11 October 1952.  [TS2]

Annie Jane. Fishing vessel, 37-2 ft. Sank at her Battery Point moorings during the height of a gale, September 1957.  [TS2]

Annie McDougall. Three-masted wooden fore-and-aft schooner, 220/189 tons. # 57640. Built at Recherche Bay, 1898; reg. Hobart 2/1898. Lbd 120.9 x 28.7 x 10.3 ft.  Quite a magnificent vessel; built of bluegum, stringybark and kauri pine, with Huon pine topsides and her spread of canvas totalled 9600 square feet. Captain P. J. Peterson. Left Recherche Bay with a cargo of timber for Strahan; while attempting to enter Hell’s Gates into Macquarie Harbour, struck on the North Spit, lost her rudder and lay in the.breakers, leaking badly near the wreck of the Grafton, lost two months earlier, 5 August 1898. SS Yolla went to her assistance but was unable to help.  A lifeboat reached the wreck and rescued the seven crew. Although not badly damaged, all efforts to refloat the vessel failed, having sunk too deeply into the sand. The wreck is still visible from time to time.  [LHG],[TS1]

Annie Mellish. Vessel, unlisted type. Found wreckage reportedly from the brig Grecian Queen, lost in Bass strait, 1863. [TS1]

Annie Taylor. Wooden ketch, 103/96 tons. # 132473. Built Port Albert, Victoria, 1920; reg. Melbourne 2/1920. Lbd 88.0 x 22.5 x 8.0 ft.  She was the last vessel of any size to be bult at Port Albert. Out of Hobart, traded to Victorian ports.Master-owner Edward John Taylor. While loading timber at Rheban on the Tasmanian east coast, ashore in a gale, wrecked, 6 November 1923. [LPA],[ASR],[LC],[TS2]

Annie Ward. Ketch, a ‘wooden hooker’,16 tons. Unregistered. Built at Battery Point, Hobart, 1879. Lbd 43 x 11 x 4.5 ft. Master Harry Haines. Sank about half a mile off Half Moon Bay, South Arm, Tasmania, on or about 15 November 1898. All drowned: the master, a young crewman and a passenger. The wreck was located by the ketch Triabunna.  The ketch King Billy was sent to refloat the vessel, but she broke up before this could be done. No bodies were recovered. [TS1]

Annott Lyle. Brigantine, 191 tons. # 35574. Built at Newcastle, New Brunswick, 1858; reg. Melbourne 12/1859. Lbd 91.6 x 25.4 x 11.7 ft. Captain Murray. From southern Tasmania to Williamstown drifted onto the rocks, wrecked, near Swan Island, north-east Tasmania, 20 May 1860. Crew saved, assisted in part by vessel Clarendon. She was, at the time of her loss, in company with the brig Eliza Goddard which apparently survived. [TS1]

Ansell Gibbs. Whaler. American owned. Sighted what may have ben the upturned hull of the whaling schooner Maria, off Cape Pillar, Tasmania, 1836. [TS1]

Apollo. Brig, 96 tons. Built at Apollo Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, 1826; reg. Hobart 1/1827. Captain John Laughton.  Ashore, wrecked, in a leaking condition on Maria Island, Tasmania, 29 March 1827.  All saved, as well as some cargo, but efforts to refloat the vessel were thrawted when a gale erupted on 1 April.  [TS1],[ASW1 - 105 tons]

Apollo. Cutter, 44 tons. Built at North West Bay, Tasmania, 1848; reg. Hobart, 42/1848. Lbd 52.0 x 16.0 x 7.4 ft. Captain Alfred Bee. From Hobart for Geelong with a cargo of produce, dragged her anchors in a gale whilst sheltering under Schouten Island, Tasmania, wrecked, 28 May 1855. Crew saved. [TS1]

Apprentice. Schooner, colier, 143 tons. # 40928. Built at Limehouse, UK, 1828; reg. Melbourne, 19/1856. Lbd  79-10 x 21-2 x 12-7 ft.  Master/owner Arthur Thomas Kenney. From Newcastle to Melbourne with coal, forced to seek shelter under the Hunter Group in heavy weather, drifted onto the rocks on the north-eastern end of East Hunter (Three Hummock) Island, 13 September 1856. All hands landed safely. [TS1]

Aqua Enterprise. Steel motor fishing vessel, trawler,172/105 tons. #  385857. Built at the Sosnovka Shipyard, Sosnovka, USSR, 1980; reg. Melbourne 36/1980. Lbd 22.51 x 6.81 x 2.32 metres. Whilst working the Orange roughy shoals, about 100 miles south of Hobart, it was noticed that she was taking water; headed back to Hobart but abandoned and sank, 12 March 1990.

Aqualillius. Cutter, 13 tons. # 32088. Built at Three Hut Point, D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, 1858; reg. Launceston 1/1876. Lbd 32.7 x 11.3 x 6.3 ft. Stranded near Rosevears on the River Tamar on 17 March 1877 but later refloated and towed up river to Launceston, where she was abandoned until being broken up for firewood in mid-1880. [TS1]
Also listed:
Aqualillias. Coastal vessel. Ashore in a major storm, south of Hobart, August 1861. Recovered. [TS1]

Arawa. Motor launch, 30ft. Unregistered. Burst into flames running across the Derwent River from Opossum Bay, South Arm, to Hobart, 19 February 1961. Scuttled at Mary Ann Bay, South Arm.  [TS2]

Arcadia. Shark boat. Unregistered. Lb 30 x 9.5 ft. Dragged her anchors and wrecked ashore at Eastman's Beach, Barmouth Point, 24 May 1958.  [TS2]

Argo. Vessel of 150 tons, armed with four guns. Built at Chittagong; reg. Calcutta. Captain John Poore Dixon. It appears that with the collusion of the captain, thirteen or fourteen convicts took the vessel out of Hobart in 1814, but were never heard of again. She may have foundered at sea. [ASW1]

Ariel. Schooner, 49 tons. Built at Rotherhithe on the River Tamar, 1850; reg. Launceston, 8/1850. Lbd 63.4 x 15.7 x 6.4ft. Captain Thomas Lewis. Lost steerage and drifted onto Blackman’s Reef, Emu Bay, Tasmania, 6 September 1853. Crew saved, and some cargo salvaged before she broke up. [TS1]

Ariel.. Barge, 25 tons. # 32109. Built at Hobart, 1863; reg. Hobart 4/1863. Lbd 46.8 x 13.0 x 5.3ft. Ashore in a gale at Recherche, Tasmania, June 1866. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash note:
It is probable that the Ariel was rebuilt from another vessel of the same name, 25 tons, 47.0 x 12.6 x 5.4 ft., built at Hobart in 1845, the register of which was closed with ‘wrecked’ in 1868, twenty years after its last effective entry, which in turn, the authors speculate, may have been built up from the dandy Sea Devil, 26 tons, 45.8 x 12.6 x 5.8ft., built at Hobart in 1840.

Arthur & Ethel. Wooden boat. Master Benjamin McNulty. Sank off Crayfish Point, Tasmania, on 27 June 1878 but was apparently recovered. [TS1]

Aristides. Auxiliary ketch, 117/86 tons. # 105694. Built Hobart, 1902; reg. Hobart 1/1936. Lbd 100.4 x 22.4 x 6.8 ft. Originally a vessel of 86 gross, lbd 80.0 x 21.9 x 6.8 ft.; lengthened in 1936 and fitted with a six-cylinder diesel engine. Master James O'Neill. Ashore, wrecked, at Three Hummock Island, western Bass Strait, 17 January 1940. All hands saved.  [TS2]

Armagh. Steamship, 12269 tons. Built 1917. U.S.S.Co. Broke up after stranding at entrance to Mersey River, Tasmania, 1923.  [DG]

Arogus. Lug-rigged fishing vessel, 14/13 tons, 37.6 ft. # 177205. Built Melbourne 1946; reg. Melbourne 5/1949. Reg. closed 24 February 1964 with the comment 'Vessel reported sunk'.
Broxam and Nash suggest possibly lost in Tasmanian waters.  [TS2]

Astalina. Motor cray fishing vessel, LFB No.193 (TK9), 12 tons, 36 ft. Built Triabunna, about 1952. Hit by a freak wave and capsized, Shoemaker Point, near South Cape, Tasmania, 18 November 1980. Two crew swam to shore. Vessel was wrecked during the night.

Asterope. Barque, 602/525 tons. # 27223. Built at Aberdeen, UK, 1859; reg. London. Lbd 172.0 x 28.3 x 17.5 ft. Captain Stapleton.  Left Gravesend for Launceston on 13 December 1882, but when off The Lizard, collided with an unknown vessel and lost her rudder. Towed to Plymouth for repairs then set out again on 31 January 1883. However, rough weather forced her to return again leaking badly. Sailed yet again 28 February and after an uneventful voyage  ran onto Hebe Reef and stuck fast vessel when approaching Tamar Heads, 8 June 1883. All saved. After efforts to tow her off using the steamers Tamar, Avon and Empress of India failed, she was abandoned. [TS1],[ASW6],[LAH]

Atalanta. Schooner, formerly revenue cutter, 52 tons. # 32060. Built at West Quay, Southampton, UK, 1807; reg. Hobart 11/1858. Lbd 62.1 x 21.7 x 8.7 ft. Outward bound from Macquarie Harbour with a cargo of pine, stranded on Entrance Island at the Heads, Hobart, Tasmania, 1 October 1858.  Apparently a total loss. All hands landed safely; picked up, along with the salvaged cargo, by the schooner Eva.
In August 1856, sank near Green Island in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel; refloated ten weeks later by parties using the schooners Beacon and Robert Burns, and found to have suffered little damage. [TS1]
Loney adds:
Became the first recorded major casualty at Hell’s Gates, the entrance to Macquarie Harbour. [LHG]

Athella. Motor launch, 32 ft. Built Launceston, around 1941, as the Yvonne. Destroyed by fire at Blackwall on the River Tamar at an unknown date. [TS2]

Athen. See schooner Lautita, lost Tasmania, 1859.

Athena. Auxiliary fishing boat, 10 tons. Built at Battery Point, Hobart, 1903; unregistered. Lbd  42 x 11 x 4-9 ft.  Mster-owner John LetteDrifted ashore on rocks, wrecked, when her engine stalled whilst working craypots, near South-West Cape, Tasmania. Two crew managed to row five miles to New Harbour; from there, taken to Maatsuyker Island by a fishing boat, and later reached Hobart.
On 2 July 1958, owner, 75 year-old Thomas Martyn, apparently fell overboard and drowned shortly after leaving Bellerive. With no one else on board, the Athena crossed the Derwent on her own, ran into the motor launch Vendetta moored off Battery Point, deflected and hi the jetty.  No significant damage resulted. [TS2]

Athletic. Iron screw steamer,  43/29 tons. # 64381. Built at Sydney, 1872; reg. Melbourne 16/1875. Lbd 80.2 x 13.2 x 5.3 ft. Originally a Port Phillip Bay steamer before being refitted as a cargo vessel between Hobart and Launceston. Captain Edward T. Miles. Stranded on a reef between Cape Portland and the Foster Islands, north-east Tasmania, 11 November 1881; after the crew threw most of the cargo overboard, beached on the south-western side of Foster Island. By the time the paddle steamer Avon reached the Athletic, she had slipped off the reef and sank. [TS1]

Audrey Pearl. Motor fishing vessel, LFB No. 381 (TC1), 16 tons. Built 1964-65. Lbd 39.7 x 12.5 x 6.3 ft. Slipped her moorings and aground on a reef, Couta Rocks, Tasmania, 10 April 1978 [TS2]

Aussie Diver. Fibreglass fishing vessel 2 tons, 6.4 metres. Dragged her anchor, wrecked on rocks, Surveyors Cove, Tasmania, 9 September 1994. [TS2]

Australia. Iron twin-screw steamship, 459/260 tons. # 89928. Built at Dumbarton, Scotland by Burrell & Sons, 1884; reg.Dunedin, NZ, 1/1887, in the name of the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand. Lbd 150.4 x 26.1 x 8.9 ft. Captain Rogers. From Launceston for Strahan with about twenty-one passengers and 195 tons of cargo, ran over an uncharted rock off West Point, north of the Arthur River, north-west coast Tasmania, 19 April 1899. Fortunately conditions were relatively calm, and the boats were lowered without too much difficulty. The vessel beached herself at the spot that bears her name about a mile north of the Arthur River. [TS1],[DG]
On 9 March 1885, stranded on rocks off the Burnie breakwater, Tasmania.
On 10 September 1896, stranded at Macquarie Harbour Heads.
On 5 August 1897, came across the coastal cutter Elsie May adrift and waterlogged about nine miles of Table Cape, with no one on board and a cargo of about two tons of flour in the hold.  The steamer took the cutter in tow, but as she was clearly straining badly, she was set adrift. She presumably sunk soon after the Australia had left her. [TS1]
On 11 May 1898, hit Entrance Island, Macquarie Harbour.
On 27 May 1898, hit the Macquarie Harbour bar, apparently without damage.

Australian. Cutter/schooner, 23 tons. # 32079. Originally a topsail schooner, engaged in bay whaling operations.  Built at Hobart, 1825; reg. Hobart, 3/1825, 15/1834, 3/1844. Lbd 35 x 12-7 x 5-7 ft. Owned by Captain James Kelly. After lying derelict at Kangaroo Point for some years, she had been refitted as a cutter in 1859 and had spent the rest of her career in the river trade. Wrecked at Taylor’s Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, 22 November 1874. Crew landed safely.
[TS1 - cutter],[ASW1 - two-mast schooner]
In October 1828, under master-owner James Kelly, stranded at Oyster Bay. Refloated with the assistance of a government boat after fifteen days.
In 1834, stranded in Trumpeter Bay. Considerably damaged but refloated in February 1835, and repaired.
On 16 July 1871, stranded in Ralph’s Bay

Avon. Paddle steamer. Involved in an attempted salvage - see steamer Athletic, Tasmania, 1881.
Also listed:
Avon. Steamer. Involved in attempted salvage of vessel - see barque Astrolabe, lost Tasmania, 1883.

Ayrshire Lass. Cutter, 15 gross. # 32151 Built Port Esperance, 1866; reg. Hobart 10/1866. Lbd.43.0 x 13.5 x 4.0 ft. Lain derelict for many year, Tasmania; probably demolished.  [TS2]

B.C.  Motor fishing vessel, LFB No. 419 (TJT), 10 tons. Ex Broadway. Lbd 35.0 x 12.0 x 7.6 ft. Washed up on rocks south of Cape Sorell, Tasmania, 20 December 1986. [TS2]

Balmoral. Schooner. A boat from the schooner was hit by the steam ferry Kangaroo, Tasmanian waters, drowning one of its crew, 1 February 1857. [TS2]

Barrapete. Auxiliary cutter-rigged motor fishing vessel, LFB No. 383 (TU9), 23/18 tons. # 191518. Built Woodbridge, Tasmania, 1946; reg. Hobart 12/1949, 6/1960. Lbd 44.1 x 13.1 x 6.05 ft.  Skipper-owner T. G. French. Wrecked ashore,  Sandy Cape, Tasmania, 21 November 1972. [TS2]

Beacon. Schooner, 93 tons. Built at Desolation Bay, Huon River, 1850, as the Triad; reg. Hobart 22/1850.  Lbd 68.0 x 20.4 x 9.0 ft. When lost, was an unregistered government vessel. Captain Nicholson. Wrecked in a sudden change of wind when at anchor off Swan Island, 26 July 1857. Eleven crew landed safely and  picked up by the SS City of Hobart. The Government chartered the schooner Circassian for salvage, and after auction, the schooner Urania also was used for salvage. [TS1]
In 1856, involved in salvage - see schooner Atalanta, Tasmania. [TS1]

Beatrice. Schooner, 81/72 tons. #  23860. Built at Newhaven, Sussex, UK,  1860; reg. Hobart 1/1920. Lbd  94.1 x 19.1 x 11.5 ft. Soon after arriving in Australian waters in 1862, the schooner was purchased jointly by the British Admiralty and the Government of South Australia to survey the coast of the Northern Territory.  Sold to private owners in 1890. Master-owner Robert Blackwood. From Hobart for Melbourne with timber, wrecked off the south-eastern side of Waterhouse Island, north-east Tasmania, (Bass Strait), 9 April 1921. Crew saved, later rescued by auxiliary ketch Opah; schooner Joseph Sims assisted with salvage of gear.
On 4 February 1897, stranded near Port Lincoln, SA; after refloating was almost rebuilt.
On 14 July 1917, on her delivery voyage to new owners in Hobart, encountered heavy weather and stranded at Kelso Bay, Tamar Heads, Tasmania.  [TS2]

Beautiful Star. Iron steamship, 177/146 tons. #  43602. Built Northumberland, UK, 1862; reg. Hobart 1/1900.  Lbd 119.2 x 17.2 x 10.6 ft Had a long and useful career as a coastal steamer both in New South Wales and New Zealand, and had been one of the initial vessels of the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand’s fleet in 1873. Was laid up at the Domain Slip, Tasmania, alongside the hulk of the former whaling barque Derwent Hunter, when a fire was discovered on board, Christmas Day 1907. Both vessel destroyed. The hulk was later towed to New Town Bay, beached and abandoned.  Its remains were visible for many years until being covered by road works in the 1960s.
On 4 December 1902, under master-owner Thomas Nichols, collided with the steamer Huon between Snug Point and Oyster Cove, Tasmania. Both masters were severely reprimanded. [TS2]
On 4 December 1902, collided with steamer Huon, Tasmania. [TS2]

Bella Beaton. Cutter, 10 gross. # 79264. Built at Cape Barren Island, Furneaux Group, 1884; reg.  Launceston  4/1884. Lbd 37.7 x 10.8 x 5.0 ft. Built from the cutter Sisters (qv). In 1911 the register of the cutter Bella Beaton, which had been lain up in the North East River, Cape Barren Island, for some years, was closed with the comment that she had been destroyed by a bushfire in about 1908. [TS2]

Belle Brandon. Fishing ketch. Involved in rescue - see ketch Ann Allen, capsized Tasmania, 1923.  [TS2]

Bellinger. Steamship, 225 tons. Stranded on the bar at Hell’s gates, entrance to Macquarie Harbour, for nine hours; lost her rudder, but eventually struggled out into deep water and safety,  2 November 1894.  [LHG]

Ben Hur II. Motor fishing vessel, 27 tons. Built 1968-69. Lbd 52.0 x 15.3 x 6.6 ft. Wrecked on rocks at Low Rocky Point, Tasmania, 6 July 1972.  [TS2]

Beryl. Cutter. Unregistered. Owner-crew, Richard Maxwell and John Harris. From Port Sorell to Beaconsfield, Tasmania, with produce, capsized in a squall off Tamar Heads, 18 May 1883. Found broken up at Three Mile Bluff. Two crew drowned. [TS1]

Binda. Fishing vessel, 3 tons, 6.17 metres. Sank Tasmanian waters, prior to March 1976.  [TS2]

Black Swan. Cutter, 19 tons. Buit at Westernport, Vic, 1843; reg. Sydney 62/1843, 14/1845. Lbd 36.6 x 12.2 x 6.1 ft. Stranded near Swansea, Tasmania. February 1845. Refloated and returned to her home port of Sydney. [ASW1]

Black Swan. Auxiliary fishing vessel, 22 ft. Unregistered. Ashore, wrecked, on Nine Mile Beach, Swansea, east coast Tasmania, 17 May 1950.
In June 1943, parted from her moorings in a  gale and drifted ashore near Saltwater Creek, Coles Bay. [TS2]

Black Warrior. Schooner, 19 tons. # 32107. Built at Hobart,  1862; reg. Hobart 17/1862. Lbd 45.5 x 13.0 x 4.7 ft. Master Thomas Bennett.  Wrecked at Rocky Heads, presumably Low Rocky Point, Tasmania, 23 August 1863. The captain and two crew took a month to reach Port Davey overland. [TS1]

Black Wattle. Cutter of 17 tons.. Built and reg. Hobart, 1833; reg. Hobart, 13/1834, 7/1843.  Lbd 31-10 x 11-8 x 4-10 ft Master Samuel Rhodes. Ashore, wrecked,  at Half Moon Bay on South Arm, Tasmania, during a squall, December 1847. Crew saved. [TS1]

Blanch. Cutter. Unregistered. Sailed from Hobart for Spring Bay, east coast Tasmania, early in June 1858 but failed to arrive.  She was last seen by the crew of the schooner Boindee a few hours after leaving Hobart, and no trace was ever found.

Blanche. Schooner, 34 tons. # 32103. Built at Long Bay, Tasmania, 1857; reg. Hobart 10/1862. Lbd  48.0 x 15.0 x 7.5 ft. Master Samuel Morrison.  Drifted onto the rocks after her cables parted at the ‘Stack of Bricks’, Sisters Bay, near Southport, Tasmania, 26 November 1865. The insurance company was not  not convinced and had Morrison charged with deliberately casting the vessel away on the owner’s instigation for the £500 insurance. Morrison was initially tried at the Hobart Police Court and sentenced to four years’ imprisonment; the owner Charles Gladhill was remanded in custody for having encouraged Morrison to cast the vessel away, but no report of his trial, if any, has been located. The stranded Blanche had in the meantime passed into the ownership of the police department, and finally broke up in May 1866.  [TS1],[ASR]

Blanche. Fishing vessel, 10 tons, 43 ft. Built Battery Point, Tasmania, 1900. Blown from her moorings in a gale, drifted across the Derwent and went ashore on Droughty Point, wrecked, 25 September 1965. [TS2]

Blue Eyed Maid. Government whaleboat. Captured off White Rock, Greater Swanport, Tasmania by the notorious bushranger Mathew Brady, in which he made his escape to shore after the sloop Glutton was scuttled, 1825. [TS1]

Blue Fin. Fishing vessel, LFB No. 258 (THE), 7 tons, 31.17 ft. Sank off Bicheno, 13 August 1972.   [TS2]

Blythe Star. Twin-screw motor vessel, 305/138 tons. # 177206. Built at Prince of Wales Bay, Hobart, 1945; reg. Melbourne 6/1949. Captain Francis McCudden. Sailed from Ulverstone for Melbourne with a cargo of timber and canned peas; engine room exploded, and setting fire to the vessel, 17 May 1959. The epxlosion killed the second enginner. The ten remaining crew made Burnie in the ship's boat. Meanwhile, the smoke had been seen by the crew of the Union Steamship Company's Kumalla, which pulled alongside and attempted to take the burning vessel in tow.  By now the weather had deteriorated, with heavy rain and strong winds that fanned the flames, the swell preventing hoses from being deployed successfully.  The pilot launch Miowera also turned up, but was equally powerless. The hull drifted about until it burned to the waterline and sank. The reason for the explosion was never explained.
On 5 June 1951, stranded at Leven Heads while outward bound, but floated off undamaged at high tide the following day.
On 8 May 1953, fire broke out while tied up at South Wharf, Melbourne; much of her superstructure, including the crew accommodation, was destroyed. Did not re-enter service until March 1957.
Note: As a replacement, the owners purchased the steel motor vessel Tandik, which was in turn renamed Blythe Star and was, in 1973, to be responsible for further loss of life off the Tasman Peninsula. [TS2]

Blythe Star. Steel motor vessel, 321/144 tons. # 315392. Ex Tandik. Built at Le Havre, France, 1955; reg. Melbourne 4/1960, reg. Hobart, Bass Strait Shipping Co. Pty. Ltd., at the time of her loss. Lbd 134.6 x 25.3 x 8.7 ft. Captain George Cruickshank. On 12 October 1973, sailed from Prince of Wales Bay, Hobart for King Island with a cargo of superphosphate fertiliser, a ton of beer in kegs, and a crew of ten. Failed to arrive at Currie. Despite the most extensive air-sea search yet conducted in Australia, no trace of the vessel could be found. Official investigations ceased on 23 October 1973. Seven survivors  were finally located at Deep Glen Bay on Tasman Peninsula eleven days after their vessel had capsized and sunk without warning about six miles due west of South-West Cape in eighty fathoms of water. The life raft was launched successfully; one crew died on the raft, and two others soon after the life raft drifted into Deep Glen Bay. An extensive inquiry was held at Melbourne between 3 December 1973 and 14 February 1974; virtually none of those involved in the vessel's operations or the search that commenced after she was reported missing escaped criticism.
In December 1967, stranded on the Ela Reef, North Queensland.
Also, later, ashore near Fremantle W.A. [TS2],[LAH]

Boindee. Schooner. Last to see the cutter Blanch, east coast tasmania, 1858. [TS1]
Also listed (could be a separate vessel, but not likely):
Bonidie. Schooner, 51 tonw. Built 1858; reg Hobart Town. Lost prior to 1871. [ASR]

Bonanza II. Steel motor fishing vessel, 110 gross.  Built Ulladulla, NSW, 1981. Length 23.73 metres. Wrecked on rocks  after her helmsman fell asleep, near South East Cape, Tasmania, 2 January 1989. Crew saved. [TS2]

Bonita. Auxiliary fishing ketch. Unregistered. Built Launceston, 1912. Master H. Chitten. From Devonport for Hobart, wrecked on  an outlying section of Hebe Reef, Tamar heads, Tasmania, 28 May 1915. Three crew escaped.
Previously, stranded at East Telegraph Bay, Three Hummock Island, western Bass Strait. [TS2]

Boomerang. Schooner, 96 tons. Built 1852; reg Hobart Town. Lost prior to 1874. [ASR]

Booth. Schooner, 9 tons. Lbd 31.6 x 8.7 x 4.5 ft. Built at Port Arthur by the Colonial Government Dockyard, 1838; reg. from 5 August 1841 in the name of her master Thomas Chuter, but there is no further trace. Reg. Hobart # 21/1839, # 24/1841. [TS1]

Bouyer. Fishing vessel. Skipper-owner M. Gardiner. On fire, apparently destroyed, Tasmanian waters, May 1968. [TS2]

Bowra. Steamer. Involved in rescue - see brigantine Circe, Macquarie Harbour, 1892.

Brenda. Brig, 256 tons. Built Nova Scotia, 1827.  Captain Rowcastle. Ran aground on the north-western end of  Swan Island, north-east Tasmania, 12 March  1832. She had sailed from Liverpool for Launceston,  arriving 10 December 1831, with her crew in a near-mutinous state.  Matters appeared to have been settled before the brig cleared out for Hobart in March 1832. It was rumoured that the captain was drunk and his crew again insubordinate at the time of her loss. The Government cutter Charlotte had offered assistance but it was refused, and the stricken vessel became a total wreck.  Over a period of several months the sloops William and Constant Trader (lost in the salvage operation), and schooners Mars and Thistle managed to save much of the cargo, gear and fittings. [TS1],[ASW1 - indicates built in ‘North Scotland’, 1829]

Brenda. Auxiliary sloop, 25 ft. Built Launceston 1935. Master-owner Geoffrey Swain, sole crew on board. Sailed from Stanley for King Island and Melbourne on 16 May 1982, but failed to arrive at either place, presumed foundered. An extensive search of the entirety of Bass Strait by nine RAAF and six civil aircraft failed to find any trace.  [TS2]
Breone. Steamer. Involved in rescue - see steamship Nord, lost Tasmania, 1915. [TS2]

Brier Holme. Barque, 921 tons. # 76136. Built at Sunderland, 1876. Lbd 206.1 x 33.6 x 19 ft. Wrecked on the south western coastline of Tasmania, 5 November 1904. Captain J.H. Rich. Carrying a crew of eighteen she left London for Hobart on 21 July 1904, but when she failed to arrive at her destination by the end of November was officially posted missing. On 3 January 1905, the discovery of wreckage and remains of cargo on the beach between Port Davey and South West Cape led to an organised search of the area and the eventual rescue of the sole survivor, Oscar Larsen. He described the barque struck a reef about twenty kilometres north of Port Davey in heavy weather. The crew were forced into the rigging, then the main and mizen masts went overboard and the bumping of the vessel exploded a cargo of dynamite in the after hold, killing most of the crew. Larson was thrown into the sea, then washed ashore. Larsen’s arrival in Hobart gave rise to rumours concerning his activities after the wreck. Some claimed he was in collusion with fishermen looting the wreck, and others were critical of the efforts of the search parties. However, an inquiry exonerated Larsen, the fishermen, and searchers. [ASW6],[NH],[TS2],[LAH]

Bright Planet. Fore-and-aft schooner, 69/65 tons. # 57591. Built at Port Davey, 1878; reg. Hobart 4/1878. Lbd 76.0 x 19.2 x 7.9 ft. Captain James Carver. Arrived at Port Davey, south-west Tasmania, from Adelaide, and whilst at anchor, caught fire, burned to the waterline and sank, 30 May 1879. All crew saved, reaching Hobart on board the ketch Starling. It was thought that a quantity of lime in the hold may have got wet and spontaneously ignited. [TS1]

Britannia. Fishing smack. Built at Wedge Bay, Tasmania, 1904; unregistered. Lbd approx. 40 x 12 x 6 ft. Master-owner Harry Wilson Left Louisa Bay, near Cox Bight on the far south coast Tasmania; thrown onto the rocks, wrecked, De Witt Island, Tasmania, 10 March 1909. The three crew rescued, taken on board the fishing boat Annie Jane. [TS2]

Brothers. Brigantine (schooner in the press), 60 tons. # 31958. Built at Port Fairy, Victoria, 1847; reg. Hobart, 8/1857. Lbd 58.4 x 17.4 x 9.6 ft.  Master/owner William Young. From Hobart for Geelong, struck a reef off Swan Island, off north-east Tasmania, and had to be beached on Waterhouse Island to prevent her from sinking, 8 August 1859. It is not recorded if she was refloated, or a total loss. [TS1]
In 1857, involved in salvage - see barque Varn, Tasmania.

Brothers. River craft, barge, 12 tons. # 32143.  Built at Hobart, 1863; reg. Hobart 14/1865. Lbd 36.3 x 10.5 x 5.0 ft. Register closed on 23 September 1898 with a comment ‘believed to have been wrecked on South Arm (Tasmania) about 1886'.

Brothers. Twin-screw auxiliary fishing ketch, 21/18 tons. # 57584. Built Port Cygnet, 1877; reg. Hobart 9/1877. Lbd 51.0 x 14.4 x 4.4 ft. Demolished on 15 June 1949 after sinking at her moorings, New Town Bay, Hobart, early in 1949.
On 28 September 1904, stranded at One Tree Point while inward bound to Hobart with firewood.
On 12 July 1905, sank near Green Island on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. [TS2]

Buenos Ayres. ‘Wood barge’. Unregistered. Broke adrift from her moorings at Old Wharf, Hobart, and was smashed against the wharf, sinking up to her decks, 2 August 1863. [TS1]

Bunyip. Sloop-rigged yacht, 8-metre. Master-owner William Howard. On a voyage across Bass Strait, encountered a severe gale, struck by a huge wave and swamped, night of 17 December 1975. Owner's son drowned. Three crew took to the lifeboat and were spotted by a RAAF Orion three days later; the coaster Lady Jillian was directed to the scene. [TS2]

C. & J. Jager. Fishing vessel, 44.5 ft. Built Tsmania, 1945; unregistered. Destroyed by fire whilst at anchor in Port Davey, Tasmania, 10 February 1955. No lives lost.  [TS2]

Calcutta Lifeboat. (Thats the name of the vessel.). River trader. Originally from the barque Calcutta, a regular trader to Hobart in the 1840s.  Fitted with air flotation and able to carry a large press of sail, it first arrived at Hobart with its parent ship on 17 October 1847, and was apparently sold at Hobart some years later for use as a river trader. Lbd 25 x 6 x 4ft.  Capsized in a squall off Sandy Bay, and drifted out into Storm Bay with the crew of three clinging to her keel, 23 April 1856. Rescue the following day off South Bruny by the schooner Native Youth.

Caldare. Steamship, collier. See Vicky. [TS2]

Caledonia. Ketch, 27 tons. # 57498. Built on the Huon River, Tasmania, and rebuilt at Port Cygnet,  1875-76; reg. Hobart 20/1844. Lbd 55.4 x 13.1 x 4.5ft Whilst unloading firewood for the Iron Pot lighthouse at the entrance to the River Derwent, Tasmania, dragged her anchors in the tidal current and ran onto the rocks, wrecked, 15 November 1898. [TS1]

Cambria. Tasmaniaan coastal steamer. Hit the Inglis River bar while entering out from Wynyard, Tasmania, 6 October 1886. Seriously damaged but repaired. [TS1]

Campania. Launch. Built Launceston. Lost or damaged beyong repair due to devastating floods in the Launceston, Tamar River basin, April 1929.  [TS2]

Cape Pigeon. Ketch, 26 tons. # 57806. Built at Port Davey, 1869; reg. Hobart 10/1869. Lbd 50.2 x 14.5 x 5.0 ft. Captain H. Manton. From Pittwater to Hobart, in  light winds and a heavy swell drifted onto Watson’s Bluff , Tasmania; sank, 23 March 1895. Eventually drifted ashore on Watson’s Bluff and broke up. Crew saved, with assistance from ketch Esther. [TS1]

Carin. Brigantine, 269 tons. # 105687. Built at Skonvich, Sweden, 1876; reg. Hobart 8/1900, closed on 19 August 1918 with the comment ‘broken up’. Lbd 122.0 x 27.0 x 11.0 ft. Laid up off Sandy Bay since late 1906, was accidentally set alight by three boys staying on board, 17 April 1908. Later sold to the Shell Oil Company for use as a hulk, and in 1911 it was reported that she was to be towed to Recherche. Eventually broken up at Smelting Works (Montagu) Bay.

Carlena. Fishing vessel, 3 tons, 25.5 ft. Unregistered. Skipper-owner Alan Bradshaw. Burned to the waterline and sank, Sandy Bay, Tasmania, 18 March 1966.

Carlisle. Iron barque, 1121 tons. # 50253. Built at Hartlepool, England, 1864; registered at Liverpool, England. Lbd 202.4 x 33.8 x 21.8 ft. Captain August Arendrup. From Melbourne for Newcastle, where she was to load coal for South America, hit rocks  about seven miles ENE of Crocodile Rock, south-east of Wilson’s Promontory (but within Tasmanian waters), abandoned, and sank, 6 August 1890. Crew of twenty-five saved. One boat, with the master and twelve crew headed for Port Albert, but after missing the entrance eventually landed on Ninety Mile Beach near Woodside on the 8th.  The other boat landed at Cliffy Island, its occupants remaining at the lighthouse until being picked up by the Victorian Government steamer Lady Loch. [ASW1]

Caroline. Barque, 157 tons. Lbd 74-9 x 21-8 x 5 ft. Built at Chittagong, India, 1821; reg. Hobart 7/1830, 1/1838, 14/1842. Ashore, wrecked, in a gale at Lagoon Bay on the Forestier Peninsular, Tasmania, 2 October 1843. No lives lost.  On 10 December 1839, under Captain Edward Woodin, stranded off Swan Island, Tasmania, while on a voyage from Hobart for Melbourne; refloated after part of her cargo was discharged and continued on her voyage. [TS1]

Caroline. Cutter, 40 tons. # 32006. Built at Port Cygnet, 1855; reg. Hobart 28/1855. Lbd 55.1 x 16.9 x 7.4 ft. Rolled over and sank in a gale while loading coal at Seymour, Tasmania; ashore, wrecked, 10 May 1862. All hands saved. See also cutter Foster Fyans lost at he same time. Two of the crew were washed away and drowned, but the other two were rescued by Captain Nichols of the Foster Fyans in a small boat, at great personal risk.  For his bravery Nichols was later awarded a silver medal, paid for from a subscription raised in Hobart.  Excess funds were given to the destitute widow of the Caroline’s mate, one of those drowned. [TS1],[ASR]

Caroline May. Auxiliary ketch, fishing vessel, 9/6 tons. # 133488. Built at Battery Point, Hobart, 1883 as the Caroline; reg. Hobart 3/1915 as the Caroline May. Left Hobart on a fishing trip to the west coast Tasmania, hit a log which set her well leaking, then later became entangled in the kelp beds, hit rocks and sank, out of Recherche Bay, Tasmania, 15 Decembr 1928. Crew saved.
On 3 December 1915, sprung a leak and sunk off Sandy Bay.  Not refloated for some months, and after being extensively repaired, re-entered service in July 1916. [TS2]

Carrymore. Brig, 178 tons. # 31680. Built at Waldsboro, Maine, USA, 1844 as the William Wallace; reg. Melbourne 60/1854. Lbd 97.4 x 23.4 x 10.1 ft. Captain Jacob. In a leaking condition, sprang a severe leak off east coast Tasmania, which gained on the pumps and led to the vessel having to be beached between Eddystone Point and Black Reef, 13 March 1860. All hands made toward Hobart in the ship’s boat, but were picked up by SS City of Hobart. The brig was a total loss. [TS1]

Cartela. Steamer. Collided with the steam ferry Kangaroo, Tasmanian waters, January 1916. [TS2]

Cassina. Barque. Captain Dalziel. Narrowly avoided running unto an unidentified capsized vessel in Bass Strait off King Island. [TS1]

Catalina. Fibreglass crayboat, 15.15 metres. South Australian-owned. Skipper-owner August Brand. Parted her cable in a gale and wrecked ashore, Point Hibbs, west coast Tasmania,  7 August 1994. Three crew saved. [TS2]

Catherine. Brigantine, 188 tons. Built 1849; reg Hobart Town. Lost prior to 1874. [ASR]

Catherine. Unregistered river trader, 15 tons. Capsized and sank ‘off pilot Lucas’ residence’, Tasmania, 23 December 1849. Two crew saved. [TS1]

Catherine. Auxiliary ketch, 32/15 tons. # 32133. Built at North West Bay, Tasmania, 1864; reg. Hobart 25/1864. Lbd 60.5 x 15.7 x 5.6 ft. Master E. Russell Sailed from Pirate’s Bay, Tasmania, for Hobart with timber, on 19 August 1917, and disappeared. Fishing boat Ruby conducted a search, and found nothing but unidentified wreckage. Captain Ralph Taylor of the ketch Good Intent reported seeing some timber floating between Cape Raoul and the Hippolytes on 5 September, and considered it likely that the vessel had sunk south of Cape Raoul, and the wreckage carried north in the current.
In January 1899, suffered damage following a collision with the Russian barque Hoppet at the Hobart wharves.
On 4 October 1915, stranded at Simpson’s Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania. [TS2]

Catherine. (Katherine, incorrect) Ketch, 29 tons. # 74668. Built at Torquay, River Mersey, Tasmania, 1877; reg. Launceston 7/1877. Lbd 53.0 x 15.1 x 6.1 ft. Captain G. Atkinson. Sailed from Ulverstone for, either Melbourne, Launceston or the Don River, in November 1880, but failed to arrive. [TS1]

Catherine of Honolulu. See schooner Lautita, lost Tasmania, 1859.

Catherine Pemberton. Barque, 319 tons. # 6098. Built at Sunderland, UK, 1853; reg. at London. Lbd 111.5 x 25.2 x 15.5ft. Captain Jenkins. Sailed from London for Launceston in December 1863 but failed to arrive. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash indicate wreckage found at Cape Grim, Tasmania, in August 1864, could be that of the  bargue Catherine Pemberton, or perhaps the barque Rebecca, London to Sydney, 1853.

Cathkit. Twin-screw motor vessel, 191/149 tons. Ex Arra Na Pogue. # 13370. Built Auckland, New Zealand, as a three-masted schooner. Reg. Hobart 8/1955. Lbd 116.0 x 33.2 x 7.3 ft. Her  register was closed on 23 June 1983 with the comment 'vessel sunk', but she is known to have sunk some time before that. By the early 1980s she lay sunk in shallow waters at the disused Electrona plant in Tasmania, and was eventually broken up where she lay during an abortive attempt to recommission the plant about 1990. Thus passed the last of the New Zealand 3-masted sea-going schooner-scows. [TS2]
Also listed:
Cathkit. Schooner, wood, 139 tons. Built at Auckland, 1912. Lbd 116 x 33.2 x 7.3 ft. Named Arrahna Pogue at some time. ‘Slowly rots’ at the Carbide Works jetty at Electrona, Tasmania. [LH]

Catriona. Teak-built cray fishing vessel, LFB 515 (TN6), 15 tons. Lbd 36.0 x 12.7 x 6.3 ft. Skipper John Fox. Propeller became entangled in the kelp and she drifted onto rocks, rolled over and sank, Ketchem Bay, Tasmania, 14 August 1974. Two crew saved.  [TS2]

Celestia. Barque, 225 tons. # 43019. Built at Dixbury, Massachusetts, USA, 1852; reg. Dunedin 2/1881. Lbd 102.6 x 25.0 x 10.3 ft. Captain Robert H. Offord. Sailed from Russell, New Zealand, for Hobart on 3 May 1887 with a cargo of kauri pine and a crew of seven, but never seen or heard from again. It is thought she foundered as a result of heavy gales in the Tasman Sea while approaching the Tasmanian coast. [TS1]

Centennial. Steamship, 89/60 tons. # 93564. Built Lavender Bay, Sydney, 1887; reg. Napier, NZ, reg.  Launceston 1/1888. Lbd 95.0 x 19.4 x 7.6 ft. Engaged in the Tamar River trade for most of her career, before been replaced by the much more palatial Niree (qv). Left Launceston on 15 October 1906, and disappeared, having, apparently foundered.  [TS2]

Challenger. Possbly sailing boat of 6 tons, built Sydney.  Caught in a squall and sank in Kangaroo Bay, Tasmania, 4 December 1831. Loss of one life. [TS1]

Chance. Fishing vessel, 29.5 ft. Unregistered. Master-owner Donald Vickers. Left Stanley for the Tasmanian west coast crayfishing grounds on 14 August 1958, with crew of two; disappeared. She was believed to have been last seen off Petrel Island on the afternoon of 14 August 1958, in deteriorating conditions, foundered shortly afterwards. [TS2]

Charlotte. Government cutter, 29 tons.Built at Macquarie Harbour, 1829 for the Colonial Government, who sold her in 1837.  At the time of her loss, was registered at Hobart, 7/1837, 13/1843. Lbd 46.4 x 13.8 x 7.0 ft. Master/owner Richard William Richards. Partly disabled in a gale, stranded at Four Mile Creek, about five miles south of Falmouth, Tasmania, 28 August 1843. Master and one crew drowned; the master’s wife and child, three crew and two passengers survived. [TS1],[ASW1]
In 1832, offered assistance to the grounded brig Brenda on Swan Island, Tasmania, but it was refused, and the stricken vessel became a total wreck.

Charlotte. Schooner, 33 tons. Built at the Don, Tasmania, 1847; reg. Launceston, 14/1847. Lbd  44.6 x 13.1 x 7.8 ft. Evidently rebuilt from the schooner Elizabeth Lloyd which had stranded at the Don on 4 July 1846.  Captain William Davy Gray.  While inward bound at the Don, Tasmania, stranded on a reef at the Heads, and became a total wreck, 11 August 1848. [TS1]

Charlotte. Cutter, 30/24 tons. # 32055. Built at North West Bay, Tasmania, 1851; reg. Hobart 25/1851, 24/1853. Lbd 37.4 x 13.5 x 6.1 ft. Ashore at Flinders Bay, Tasman Peninsula, March 1861. Presumed lost. Register closed without further comment in 1874. [TS1]
Chili. Brig. 200 tons. Captain Nixon. From Georgetown, Tasmania, to Port Phillip, was forced back to the Tamar but hit rocks, and unshipped her rudder. She was refloated and repaired. [ASW1]

Chris. Fishing boat. Unregistered. Sailed from Hobart for Adventure Bay on 14 July 1903, but never arrived.  Crew of three lost. [TS2]

Christine. Fishing vessel, LFB 110 (TY8), 10 tons. Lbd 34.2 x 10.0 x 5.5 ft. Wrecked on the southern spit of the St. Helens bar, north-east Tasmania, 3 August 1988. Sole crew, skipper Peter Cherry, safe after a 500 metre swim and an eight km barefoot walk. [TS2]

Circe. Wooden brigantine, 145 tons.  # 59542. Built at Brisbane Water, NSW, 1869; reg. Sydney 1/1879, Invercargill, NZ, 1/1882.. Lbd 102 x 23.4 x 9 ft. Captain Johns. From Greymouth, New Zealand,  for Strahan, Tasmania, was attempting to cross the bar at Macquarie Harbour when she went ashore between Entrance Island and the North Spit, wrecked, 21 February 1892. Crew of seven launched her boat but it capsized shortly after casting off, leaving them clinging to it for about two hours before they were rescued by workmen erecting leading lights in the channel.  [LHG],[TS1 - rescued by SS Bowra]

City of Hobart. Type not listed, apparently small vessel. Unregistered. Missing on a trip from Hobart to Blackman’s Bay, September 1873.  Her sole occupant was never found. [TS1]

City of Hobart. Steamer, iron, 645/439 tons. Built Glasgow, 1853 for Tasmanian Steam Navigation Co.  Initially barque-rigged. Lbd 184.2 x 24.7 x 18.6 ft. Ran between Victoria and Tasmania. Sank, about sixty nautical miles north east of Wilsons Promontory; July 1877.
[LG], [LV - Captain Bowrie],[LPA],[LPW],[LAH],[DG]
In 1857, involved in salvage - see schooner Beacon, lost Swan Island, Tasmania, 1857. [TS1]
In 1860, involved in rescue - see brig Carrymore, lost Tasmania, 1860. [TS1]

Clara Ethel. Ketch. Captain Holyman. Reported seeing a capsized wreck of a small vessel, about forty feet length of keel, about ten miles off Mersey Heads, Tasmania. [TS1]

Clarence. Barque. Originally a fully-rigged ship, 255 tons. Lbd 92-9 x 24-11 x 5-4 ft. Built at Clare, Nova Scotia, 1827; reg. Hobart Town, 28/1840. Caught fire, burnt to the waterline and sank, presumably in Hobart, 16 February 1843. [TS1]

Clearwater. Fishing vessel, 23-8 ft. Blown from her moorings at Palana, Flinders Island, Furneaux Group, ashore, wrecked, December 1957. [TS2]

Clyde. Schooner, 46 tons. Lbd 54.2 x 14.6 x 7.3 ft. Built at Melbourne, 1851, and was registered at Melbourne. Captain G. T. Groner. In mid-August, sailed from the Tamar River for Warrnambool or Portland Bay with a cargo of timber but failed to arrive; as there had been heavy weather soon after she had sailed, it was presumed that she had capsized and sank. Wreckage found in June 1856 lying keel up at the high tide mark on the beach between Piper’s River and Forester River on the north-east coast Tasmania could have been that of the Clyde. [TS1]

Clyde. Auxiliary fishing vessel. Built at Hobart, 1887: unregistered. Length 30 ft.  Owner-crew George and William Jones. From Cockle Creek, Recherche Bay,  Tasmania, caught broadside on by a huge sea, sank bow first, Rocky Boat Harbour, 8 January 1925. Thre out of four on board lost.  [TS2]

Clytie. Cutter. Built Hobart, 1885 as a 23-6 ft yacht;  unregistered. Later lengthened to 40 ft. overall and rerigged as a ketch, and was one of Hobart’s best known cruisers for many years. As a fishing launch, wrecked near Cape Pillar, Tasmania, December 1914. Crew saved.  [TS2]

Colliboi. Twin-screw wooden coastal steamship, 310/144 tons. # 101798.  Built Balmain, Sydney, 1916; (later) reg. Launceston 2/1922.  Lbd 130.6 x 25.8 x 9.4 ft. Purchased by the Government of Tasmania in 1922 to maintain regular services to the Bass Strait Islands; sold to William Holyman & Sons Pty. Ltd. in 1929. Captain J. Neilson. Struck a reef close to Cape Grim, north- west Tasmania, beached, dismantled where she lay, Woolnorth Point, 26 August 1932.
On 13 October 1930, stranded on the St. Helens bar, Tasmania. . [TS2],[LH],[RW]
~ Part of her engines and boiler are still visible.

Comet. Barque, 358/350 tons. # 61019. Built at Pembroke, USA, as the Hokalele; reg. Dunedin 16/1874. Lbd 141.5 x 28.7 x 12.8 ft. Captain James Cooper.  On 27 February 1875, sailed from Port Chalmers, NZ, for Hobart Town with a crew of thirteen, but failed to arrive. May have been lost on the NZ coast, but no definite trace of the Comet was ever reported.[TS1]

Comus. Iron barque. See Orleans.  [TS2]

Concordia - see Aldebaran.

Constant Trader. Unregistered sloop, 20 tons. Built at Launceston as a shallow drafted vessel intended to bring timber from along the banks of the Tamar up to Launceston, and thus was totally unsuitable for work on the open sea. Captain Shackle (or Shewell).  Wrecked on Waterhouse Point, Tasmania, on or about 19 May 1832. She had been  engaged in salvage operations on the wreck of the Brenda on Swan Island. All saved. [TS1]

Contest. Schooner, 39 tons. Built and reg. at Hobart, 1828. Parted from her anchors at Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, drifted across Storm Bay, and broke up on the rocks near Cape Raoul, Tasmania, 1 July 1831 There does not appear to have been anyone on board at the time of the mishap. [TS1],[ASW1]

Coral. Ketch. Involved in rescue and salvage - see whaling barque Flying Childers, Tasmania, 1877. [TS1]
Also listed:
Coral. Ketch. Found wreckage off St. Patrick's head, Tasmania, thought to be from the barque Jane Porter, lost 1890. [ASW6]

Corinna. Steamer. Involved in rescue - see SS Tasman, lost Tasmania, 1883.
Involved in rescue - see steamer Esk, Tasmania, 1886.

Corona. Motor launch, 40 ft. Built early 1900s; unregistered. Lost or damaged beyong repair due to devastating floods in the Launceston, Tamar River basin, April 1929.  [TS2]

Corona II. Auxiliary cutter-rigged motor fishing vessel. Built Glenorchy, Tasmania, 1950; unregistered. Lbd 51 x 14.5 x 8 ft. Skipper Michael James Dillons. Having collided with the fishing boat Mystery on Macquarie Harbour 4 April 1963, sailed from Strahan for Hobart for repairs, but founderd south-east of Bird Island, 12 April 1963. Three crew made shore and rescued five days later.
On 31 October 1962, stranded between Partridge and Bruny Islands, Tasmania. [TS2]

Coronella. Ketch, 14 gross. # 57534. Built at Long Bay on the DÆEntrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, 1873; reg. Launceston 2/1875. Lbd 39.0 x 12.0 x 4.5 ft. From Bridport to Launceston, sprang a leak and, being unable to reach the Tamar in a waterlogged state, was run ashore at East Beach, 16 September 1914. Crew of two saved. Steam tug Wybia attended but she could not be refloated and broke up several days later. [TS2]

Corrido. Barque, 270 tons. # 7189. Built at Arbroath, Scotland, 1852; reg. Sydney 44/1870. Lbd 115.0 x 24.3 x 14.2 ft. Master-part owner Captain J. Lamont. From Newcastle for Port Adelaide with timber and coal, encountered a westerly gale in eastern Bass Strait,  beached on the western side of Swan Island, 23 June 1875. Soon broke up. Crew of ten left for the Tamar. [TS1]

Corryrechan. See barque Svenor, lost 1914. [LH]
Corryvrechan. See barque Svenor.  [TS2]

Cousins. Coastal schooner. Ashore in a gale at Horseshoe Reef off Mersey Heads, 10-11 November 1855. Refloated. [TS1]

Creole. Brig, 144 tons/131. #31968. Built at Baltimore, USA, 1846; reg. registered Hobart 62/1851. Lbd 89.8 x 22.8 x 7.4 ft. Captain Fluerty. Sailed from Launceston for New Zealand on 29 August 1863 with fifteen passengers and a crew of fourteen, and evidently foundered in bad weather, perhaps after capsizing or running into one of the many islands between the Tamar and Swan Island, within a few hours of clearing the Heads. The Swan Island lighthouse-keeper found wreckage and one of her boats was later found on Waterhouse Island which gave possitive identification that the Creole was lost with all hands. It was later reported that local settlers had recovered material from the then unknown wreck, a very serious offence, and that bodies had come ashore, been plundered of valuables, and thrown back into the sea. [TS1],[ASR]
In May 1854, stranded in Whirlpool Reach, River Tamar and returned to Launceston for repairs.

Crescent City. See schooner Gem, 120 tons, lost 1857. [TS1]

Crinoline. Cutter. Unregistered. Eaglehawk Neck to Hobart with timber, sprang a leak in a gale and was beached on Sandy Bay Beach, Tasmania, broke up, 8 March 1866.

Croydon. Steel steamship, 69/39 tons. # 101625. Built Singapore, 1896; reg. Port Adelaide 11/1913. Lbd  76.0 x 16.04 x 6.75 ft. Captain John Davis. Filled with water whilst loading logs on the Savage River, a tributary of the Pieman . Thge master and crew of three later reached Corinna, about two and a half miles away, in the dinghy.
~ The Croydon still remains in very much the same spot as she sank, and from time to time suggestions have been made to refloat her for preservation. [TS2]

Crystal Wave. Ketch. Built at Battery Point, Tasmania, 1874; unregistered. Lbd 42-6 x 106 x 4 ft. Capsized in a squall and sank when  competing in a race during the Hobart Regatta, 5 December 1877. Two crew saved.  The vessel was located four miles south of where she had capsized, sunk into the mud, and defied all efforts to refloat her.

Curena. Motor launch, 22 ft. Built Launceston. Lost or damaged beyong repair due to devastating floods in the Launceston, Tamar River basin, April 1929.  [TS2]

Cyclone. Fishing cutter. Parted from her moorings at Gordon and drifted across the D'Entrecasteaux Channel to go ashore on  Bruny Island,  wrecked, around the 1920s or early 1930s.  [TS2]

Cygnet. Cutter. Unregistered.  Master Joseph Ward. Bound to Hobart with timber, swamped and apparently sank off Blackman’s Bay, Tasmania, in a heavy gale, 30 December 1863. Crew saved but a passenger previously drowned when he fell overboard. [TS1]

Cygnet. Fishing ketch. Ashore, wrecked, at Dunalley,  Tsmaania, 2 December 1923. [TS2]

Cyprus. Brig. Captain Harrison. Sailed from Hobart on 5 August 1829 with prisoners and supplies for Macquarie Harbour (west coast Tasmania), captured in Recherche Bay and sailed to New Zealand. Sailors not part of the mutiny were put ashore at Recherche Bay. The Cyprus made New Zealand, then Friendly Isles (Fiji), and to the coast near Yokohama, where the Japanese forbid them to land. By now the vessel was in poor shape, and before several mutineers deserted to a Chinese junk off Formosa (Taiwan), they bored holes in the hull of the brig  to make sure she sank. Convict William Swallow was the ringleader ws later captured and tried, and returned to Hobart to complete his sentences. [#NH]

D.S.Williams.. See three-masted schooner Gold.

Dagmar. Ketch. Captain W. Taylor. Found human bones, and wreckage from the schooner Sateellite, lost north coast Tasmania, 1876.

Daisy. Motor launch, 21ft, formerly a cutter-yacht. Buiilt before 1892; unregistered. Lost or damaged beyong repair due to devastating floods in the Launceston, Tamar River basin, April 1929.  [TS2]

Daisy Knights. Composite-hulled auxiliary ketch, 62/47 tons. # 120758. Lbd 79.4 x 20.5 x 7.4 ft. Built at Williamstown, Victoria, 1909; reg. Melbourne 17/1909. When her cable parted, ashore at Cod Bay, near Boulder Point on east coast Tasmania, 24 April 1921. She was stripped of anything of value, and the hull abandoned. [TS2]

Dalila. Steel motor fishing vessel, 18/12 tons. # 343552. Built Moonah, Tasmania, 1966; reg. Hobart 7/1970. Lbd 37.1 x 13.3 x 5.8 ft.  Parted from her cables or dragged ashore, wrecked,  whilst crew visited the lighthouse station at Maatsuyker Island,  4 June 1984. [TS2]

Dalrymple. Motor vessel, 37 tons. Built Beauty Point, Tasmania, 1949. Lbd 65 x 15-5 x 6-9 ft. Spent her entire career as a ferry and excursion launch based on the lower Tamar, after which she was  stripped of all useful fittings and scuttled seaward of Low Head, River Tamar, 1974. [TS2]

Dan Maree.  Auxiliary motor fishing vessel, 2 tons, 22.5 ft. Built 1956. Skipper K. Jorgensen. Drifted onto a rocky outcrop off Bruny Island, Tasmania, 17 December 1967. Later towed off but sank rapidly in 20 fathoms. All saved. [TS2]

Daphne Ellen. Motor fishing vessel, 6 ons, 26.0 ft. Ex Maike, renamed 1973. Skipper-owner Leonard Powell. Sank after suffering a near total structural failure, the engine, probably with the shaft and propeller attached, falling through the transom,  Hunter Group, 24 February 1979.  [TS2]

Dart. Brig, 134 tons. # 31940. Built on the Huon River, Tasmania, 1850; reg. Hobart 27/1850. Lbd 83.7 x 25.3 x 11.0 ft. Owner/master Henry Sansom. From Hobart for Melbourne with timber. Sheltered in Bay of Fires in a gale but in getting underway again, missed stays and went onto a sandbank near the mouth of the Anson River, Tasmania, 18 November 1865. [TS1]
In 1852, involved in rescue - see schooner Union, lost off Swan Island, Tasmania. [TS1]

Dart. Auxiliary ketch, 21/19 tons. Built Port Cygnet, Tasmania, 1896; reg. Launceston,  5/1909. Lbd 49.7 x 14.4 x 4.8 ft. In a gale, ashore, wrecked, at Anderson's Bay, Tasmania, 15 May 1923.  [TS2]
In 1901, involved in rescue - see ketch Mary Laurie, lost western Bass Strait, 1901.  [TS2]

Dauntless. Auxiliary fishing ketch, 22/18 tons. # 105699. Built Hobart, 1903; reg. Hobart 6/1914. Lbd 47.0 x 16.6 x 5.8 ft. Register closed in 1957 with the comment 'vessel smashed up under the cliffs at the entrance to Port Arthur in 1949'. [TS2]

Dauntless. Police launch. Involved in rescue - see ablone boat Ocean Lass, lost Tasmania, 1988. [TS2]

Davara. Motor vessel. Replaced the auxiliary ketch Will Watch, lost near King Island, 1958.
On 22 October (year?), a fire at Stanley caused by a faulty stove killed the engineer. [TS2]

Davenport. Steam dredge. Built 1881; unregistered. Lbd 148.0 x 24.0 x 11.8 ft. scuttled off Wrights Island, north-east of Mersey Heads, July 1929. [TS2]

David Howie. Cutter, 11 tons. # 32205. Built at King Island by David Howie in 1849 (possibly from the wreck of the Ettrick, qv ); reg. Launceston 3/1849. Captain James (?) Kemp. Driven ashore, wrecked,  on the Black River Bar, near Circular Head, north-west coast Tasmania, 29 July 1863. No loss of life.
In 1853, involved in rescue - see barque Rebecca, lost Tasmania. In August 1863, capsized off Circular Head drowning Howie’s wife, child and a native woman. See also Cataraqui, King Island, 1845, for further reference to David Howie. [TS1]

Dawn. Ketch, 34 gross. # 101789. Built Launceston, 1906; reg. Launceston 27/1906. Lbd 58.0 x 16.6 x 6.6 ft. Captain Hutt. From the Bass Straits Islands to Launceston, ran aground on Three Mile Reef off Tamar Heads, night of 25-26 April 1909. Heavy seas swept her deck, taking the dinghy with them, and the three crew and four male passengers huddled on the deck while four female passengers, the master’s sisters, were lashed to the rigging to prevent them being swept overboard. All rescued by the  Low Head light station keepers. Wreck drifted off the reef and came ashore on East Beach near Tamar Heads, where it broke up. [TS2]

Dawn of Hope. Schooner, 34 tons. # 73506. Built at Latrobe, Tasmania, 1875. Lbd 58.3 x 15.1 x 6.4 ft. In 1891 re-registered as the ketch Ella Taylor (qv) after an extensive reconstruction. Wrecked ashore  at Griffiths’s Point, West Devonport, Tasmania, 24 August 1891. [TS1]
On 19 May 1879, sank at Latrobe on the upper Mersey after running aground.
On 15 January 1884, under Captain A.E.Taylor, but stranded in Mersey.
In 1888, stranded at Circular Head and again badly strained, and was lain up for several years before her re-construction.

Debbie II. Fishing vessel,  2 tons. Lbd 20.0 x 7.2 x 2.6 ft. Sunk Tsmanian waters, 31 July 1969. [TS2]

Derwent. Steamer, 478 tons. Built Glasgow, 1864 for the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Co. Operated for fifteen years between Melbourne and Launceston. Bought by Howard Smith Co, for the Queensland run, 1879. At the end of her passenger-carrying days, converted to a collier, then to a hulk, then scuttled Queensland, 1925.  [DG]

Derwent. Steam launch/auxiliary cutter, 12/8 tons. # 58830. Built at Fishbourne, Isle of Wight, UK, 1868 ; reg.  Port Adelaide. Built originally as a steam launch; in service as such at Port Adelaide for many years before being sold for conversion into a fishing vessel. Lbd 48.0 x 10.1 x 4.9 ft. Overwhelmed by heavy seas, the auxiliary engine failed, crew abandoned ship whilst heading for Wineglass Bay, east coast Tasmania, 30 April  1935. Crew saved.  [TS2]

Derwent Belle. Fishing vessel, river trader, 12 tons. Unregistered. Wrecked on George’s Rocks, about five miles from Eddystone Point, Tasmania, 10 July 1915. Two saved.

Derwent Hunter. Barque,  368 gross. #  32094. Built Kensington, USA, as the North America in 1810; renamed on her sale to Alexander McGregor of Hobart in 1861; reg. Hobart 8/1861  Lbd 106.2 x 29.0 x 18.6 ft. Well known as a whaler for many years, she was laid up at McGregor’s Slip at the Domain in 1885, and later sunk close inshore for use as part of the jetty and for storage. It was here, alongside the hulk of the steamer Beautiful Star, that a fire destroyed both vessels, Christmas Day 1907. The remains of the Derwent Hunter were apparently blown up in 1928. [TS2]

Despatch. Colonial Government schooner, 20 tons. Built at Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, 1825-1826. Captain Samuel Rodman Chase. Arrived at Hobart on her maiden voyage on 17 February 1826. Sailed from Hobart for Maria Island with stores in March 1826, but was never seen or heard from again. Presumed lost in a gale off Cape Pillar. [TS1]

Despatch. Government steamer. Searched for the missing barque Helen White in Bass Strait, 1882, without success. [TS1]

Despatch.  Schooner, collier, 139 tons. # 31803. Built at Jersey, UK, 1838; reg. Sydney 54/1855. Lbd 82.6 x 18.1 x 12.3ft Captain Lees.  From Newcastle for Launceston, attempted to Tamar Heads but ran onto Black Reef, wrecked, February 1858. [TS1]

Deveron. Brig. Involved in salvage - see Actaeon, lost Tasmania 1822. [TS1]

Devon. Iron steamship, 191/130 tons. # 73519. Built at Paisley, Scotland, 1876; reg. Launceston 12/1876. Originally built for the Launceston and North-West Coast Steam Navigation Company, at the time of her loss she was registered at in the name of the United Steamship Company. Lbd 123.7 x 19.4 x 9.05 ft. Transferred to Launceston-Strahan-Hobart run in 1888. Captain Robert Reid. Sailed from Strahan for Launceston with 1400 bags of silver lead ore but  struck a sandbank while passing through Macquarie Harbour Heads (Hell’s Gates) which stripped the blades from the propeller;  ended up hard and fast on South Spit with heavy seas breaking over her, wrecked, 19 September 1894.  Passengers and mails were safely landed, but then when her rudder carried away she was totally helpless, and thus abandoned.    Her remains were visible for many years, and were eventually incorporated into the breakwater later built at Macquarie Harbour Heads. [TS1],[LHG],[ASR],[DG]
On 17 June 1891, ran down and sank the fishing boat Secret off Recherche Bay, south-west Tasmania.
Earlier in 1894, the Devon had run down and passed right over a 21ft yacht Mystery, it being considered a miracle that none of the crew of four was hit by the propeller.

Devon. Motor launch, 33 ft. Unregistered. Burnt to the  waterline and sank at her moorings off Wrest Point, Tasmania, 27 February 1955. [TS2]

Diadem. Schooner, 69 tons. # 46454. Built at Brisbane Water, NSW, reg. Sydney 58/1863, Melbourne 6/1865. Lbd 78.1 x 17.5 x 7.5 ft. Captain Smith. Whilst anchored off Brickmakers Bay, between Circular Head and Rocky Cape, Tasmania, to load a cargo of palings for Warrnambool, parted her cables and went ashore stern first, wrecked, 11 May 1865. All hands landed safely. [TS1]

Diane Dell. Steel motor fishing vessel, LFB No. 283 (TDM), 17 tons. Built 1951. Lbd 41.08 x 11.5 x 7.0 ft. Wrecked on Bruny Island, Tasmania,  around the mid-1980s.

Dido. Fishing vessel. Unregistered. At anchor at North-West Bay, Tasmania, when she sank at her moorings in a northerly gale, 30 September 1882. The two crew saved. [TS1]

Diligence. Cutter. Unregistered. Driven ashore at North-West Bay, Tasmania, 26 September 1858. (Same time and place as cutter Happy Jack). Apparently a total loss. [TS1]

Diligence. Cutter, 15 tons. Unregistered. Ashore, wrecked, Half Moon Bay, South Arm, Tasmania, 17 December 1884. No lives lost. [TS1]

Dobsons. Schooner, 97 tons. # 32185. Built at Port Albert, Victoria, 1852; reg. Launceston 3/1859. Lbd  76.6 x 21.7 x 9.5 ft.  Captain Burt. Struck rocks, wrecked, on Ninth Island, north- east Tasmania, 23 May 1860. Schooner Robert & Betsey and steamer Royal Shepherd assisted in rescue. [TS1]
In 1856, involved in salvage of cargo - see barque Helen Stewart, lost Tamar Heads, Tasmania.

Dolphin. Schooner, 16 tons. Lbd 33.5 x 12.3 x 5.9 ft. Built at Peppermint Bay, Tasmania, 1842; reg. Hobart, 20/1842, 43/1852. Master Edward Ring. Late in March 1854, was found ashore at Louisa Bay on the far south coast Tasmania, with her mast and bowsprit carried away and no trace of the crew of four, including the captain and a party of seven prospectors she was bringing back from Port Davey.  No trace of them was ever found, and the vessel evidently became a total wreck. In 1852, had been stranded at Recherche. On 18 February 1854 stranded again and badly damaged. [TS1]

Dolphin. Schooner (ketch in the press), 22 tons. # 48398. Built at Williamstown, Victoria, 1863; reg. Melbourne 55/1863. Lbd 46.2 x 12.7 x 5.5 ft. Master-owner John F. Booth. Wrecked on rocks when entering Pieman Heads, west coast Tasmania, 4 April 1867. Crew landed safely. All but one of the Dolphin crew, and Mr. Anderson, owner of the ill-fated Rose Ann lost in March, walked the two hundred miles to Circular Head, and were picked up by the SS Helen McGregor, which landed them at Launceston. [TS1]
In March 1865, one crew drowned in a boating mishap at Pieman Heads.
In March 1865, stranded on Black Reef, Tamar Heads, and had suffered considerable damage.

Dolphin. Steamer. Involved in the search for the misssing schooner Amelia J, Bass Strait, 1920. [TS2]

Dolphin. Motor cray fishing vessel, 12 tons. Built 1948; unregistered . Lbd 32.7 x 12.3 x 5.0 ft.  With seaweed wrapped around the propeller, wrecked on rocks off High Rocky Point, Tasmania, 29 March 1968.
On18 June 1961, sank in Constitution Dock, Hobart. Sklipper-owner Donald Charles Bodsworth.
On 28 May 1962, ashore when she broke away from the mother ship Naracoopa at Triabunna in rough weather. [TS2]

Don Pedro II. Barque, 149 tons. # 31754. Built at Massachusetts, 1842; reg. Hobart 2/1859. Lbd 95.6 x 22.7 x 10.4 ft. Captain Evans. Out of Otago, New Zealand to Hobart with returning miners, ashore just north of Cape Pillar, Tasmania, 16 October 1861. All saved; after landing at Fortesque Bay, they walked to Surveyor’s Bay, from where the Government schooner Harriet took them to Port Arthur. [TS1]

Doreen. Fishing boat, 38 ft. Unregistered.  License cancelled in 1947 with the comment 'wrecked at St. Helens', Tasmania.  [TS2]

Doris Bethune. Motor fishing vessel, 18/13 tons, 33.6 ft.  # 196765. Built Queenscliff, Victoria, 1958; reg. Melbourne 8/1958. Master Douglas James Hunt. Ran onto Whale Rock, west coast Tasmania, and sank, 6 June 1963. Crew of two saved by the fishing boat Patanela. [TS2]

Dorset. Coastal steamer. Towed the wrecked brig Robin Hood to Launceston, 1884.

Dotterel. Brig, 150 tons. Built at Coringa, India, 1817; reg. Calcutta.Captain Charles Bell. From Launceston to Sydney with wheat and wool, ran onto the reef that now bears her name near the eastern side of the mouth of the Tamar, north coast Tasmania, soon after departing on 18 March 1827. On drowned. After some of the gear and fittings were recovered, the wreck was burned to recover the ironwork, which was taken to Launceston by the cutter Speedwell under Captain James Corlette (or Chorlette). [TS1]

Dover. Steamer. Involved in rescue - see yacht Rona, lost Tasmania, 1913. [TS2]

Du Buc. Whaler, ship, 306 tons. Originally the Spanish L’Aimable Sofia, seized as a prize in 1797, and owned by a London syndicate which included the master. Lbd 96.8. x 27.9. x 5.1 ft. Captain Samuel Chase. In a condemned condition, beached at Kangaroo Point (Bellerive), Hobart, 1808; her remains were visible for many years. She had been whaling in the Derwent and sailed for London with a full cargo of oil in October 1808, but was forced to return in a leaking condition. [TS1]

Duke of Edinburgh. Cutter, 26 tons. # 57492. Built at Hobart, 1868; reg. Hobart 6/1868. Lengthened and re-rigged October 1872 to a ketch, 37 tons, lbd 61.3 x 13.1 x 7.1ft. Mster-owner Robert Donald.  From Launceston to Hobart , stranded, wrecked, on a reef about half a mile offshore between the Little Forester River and Pipers River, 1 August 1874. [TS1]
In August 1873, stranded at Ringarooma Bay and suffered considerable damage.

Duke of Kent. Barque, 189 tons. Built at Falmouth, Tasmania, 1805. Captain Walmsley. Inward bound from Mauritius to Launceston with a cargo of rice and sugar, hit Middle Ground off George Town, Tasmania, and suffered such severe damage that she had to be beached to prevent her from sinking, 10 September 1834. She was refloated but not repaired,  the hulk remained at Launceston until being broken up in mid-1836. [TS1],[ASW1]

Dulcie. Fishing cutter, 5 tons. Built at Battery Point, unregistered.  From Hobart for the far south coast, blown ashore near New Harbour, wrecked, 10 September 1929. [TS2]

Dunkeld. Barque, 390 tons. # 43065. Built at New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, 1862; reg. Newcastle, NSW 9/1869. Lbd 131.7 x 29.6 x 12.9 ft. Captain C. Hook. Disappeared after sailed from Newcastle for Melbourne with coal on 6 June 1870. She was last seen off Twofold Bay on the 10 June 1870. She may have foundered in gales in the eastern part of Bass Strait on or about 28 June. [TS1]

Duyfken. Possibly fishing vessel. Involved in rescue - see crayboat Pandora, lost Tasmania, 1962.  [TS2]

E.M.B.  Fishing vessel, 3 tons. Lb 25 x 9 ft. Master-owner W. Barnett. Wrecked on rocks, Binnalong Bay mid-1970. Sole crew saved. [TS2]

Eagle. Motor launch, 10 tons. Built Strahan; unregistered. Lbd 52. x 11. x 3-2 ft.  The first motor launch built in Tasmania; powered by a 10 bhp  Tolch kerosene engine. Specially built for the Strahan-King River trade, carrying passengers and freight to the railhead for the famous Abt railway to Queenstown.  Lengthened about 1899 to 14 ft., shortly before being sold to the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand. Sank off Tamar Heads, Bass Strait, when being towed by the steamship Wareatea, 18 October 1904.
On 24 July 1897,  involved in a collision with another trader, the launch Pioneer. [TS2]

Earl Grey. See schooner Edward.

Earl of Dalhousie. Snow, 223 tons. Lbd  87-3 x 24-1 x 16 ft. Built at Irvine, UK, 1827; reg. Melbourne, 4/1853.  This interesting vessel had several mishaps, and became generally known as the Dalhousie Baths. She was badly damaged ‘beyond economical repair’ when beached in a sinking condition in the Tamar, Tasmania, on or about 2 March 1854. However the following year she was purchased and extemsively modified by having her upper-works were cut off at or near the original waterline, turned over and rebuilt. The remaining hull was redecked and fitted out as a second vessel. This vessel ended her career as a floating bath, being towed by the Marine Board tug PS Tamar and other vessels on cruises on the Tamar. On Boxing Day the vessel sprang a leak at Swan Bay and had to be beached with 425 on board. She was offered for sale in 1879, but their final fate is unknown. [TS1]

Earl of Ulverstone. Ketch, 21 tons. # 73516. Built at Ulverstone, Tasmania, 1876; reg. Launceston 1/1876. Lbd 44.6 x 14.3 x 6.4 ft. Master Robert Mitchell. Whilst attending to salvage of the schooner Mariner at  East Telegraph Bay, Three Hummock Island, went on to the rocks in heavy winds, wrecked, 3 April 1898. [TS1],[ASR]
In August 1878, stranded on the St. Helens bar but was refloated some weeks later.

Eastern Star. Steel motor fishing vessel, #  850811. Built Launceston, 1971. Lbd 15.24 x 5.02 x 2.95 metres.  Skipper-owner Wayne Rowlings. When anchored for the night in Ahrberg Bay, just south of Pieman Heads, west cost Tasmaniaa, a freak wave, estimated at between ten and fifteen metres in height, overwhelmed the vessel and she sank immediately, 21 July 1997. Crew of three never seen again.  [TS2]
Earlier in 1997, involved in rescue - see fishing boat Helen J, lost west coast Tasmania, 1997. [TS2]

Ebenezer. Cutter, 45 tons. # 32365. Built on the River Thames, England, 1820; reg. Launceston 4/1856, later reg. Melbourne in the name of David Howie (see Cataraqui), who had apparently drowned in a boating accident at Robbins Island on 7 May. Lbd 46.0 x 16.5 x 8.9 ft.  At anchor at the south-western side of Robbins Passage, off north-west Tasmania, when she parted from her anchors, and sank during a gale, 7 July 1859.  The crew were ashore at the time, intending to load cargo. [TS1]

Echo. Two-mast schooner, 70 tons. Built at the Manning River, NSW, 1839; reg. Sydney 46/1840. Lbd 51.1 x 15.8 x 8.4 ft. Captain Wuntun. From Hobart for Sydney on 27 August 1840 with general, wrecked between Wedge Bay and Cape Raoul on the Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania. Loss of all hands. [TS1],[ASW1]

Eclipse. ‘Passage boat’, maybe a small schooner. Captain Thomas Young. Reported the loss of the schooner Henrietta lost near Hobart, 23 April 1874, but apparently  made no attempt to rescue the two men who subsequently drowned and was strongly condemned for his lack of action. [TS1]
Also listed:
Eclipse. Trader. Built around 1875. Master-owner Tasman Young. Run down and sunk by the brig Maid of Erin off Crayfish Point, Tasmania, 30 April 1877.  Crew saved. [TS1]

Eden Holme. Iron barque, 827/794 tons. # 62035. Built at Sunderland, 1875; reg. Maryport, UK. Lbd 201.8 x 32.2 x 18.5 ft. Captain G.H. Dulling. Wrecked on Hebe Reef off Tamar Heads, north coast Tasmania, 6 January 1907. She was a regular trader between London and Tasmanian ports, and had discharged cargo at Hobart before sailing for Launceston on 4 January 1907. Two days later she anchored off the Tamar but while waiting for the tug Wybia, ran on to the Hebe Reef and was lost when the wind dropped without warning. She struck the reef very gently, but as the tide fell and the rocks bit into her, several plates were torn and the sea poured in. While it remained high and dry the wreck proved a bonanza for local river-steamer operators, who ran regular and well-patronised cruises to the Heads to view a genuine shipwreck right on Launceston’s doorstep.  A diver was brought to investigate the possibility of refloating the vessel, but on 20 January 1907,  a gale developed during which the vessel broke in two, slipped off the reef and sank. She was lost within 120 yards of the wreck of the SS. Esk lost in 1886. [ASW6],[TS2],[LAH]

Edina. Steam yacht, 21/14 tons. # 93517. Built at Berrys Bay, Sydney, 1885; reg. Launceston 1/1897. Lbd 53.0 x 10.5 x 5.8 ft. Master-owner William Golding On a cruise, wrecked on what are now known as Golding’s Rocks off Chinaman’s Bay, Maria Island, Tasmania, on 23 May 1905. All saved.

Edith Ellen. Ketch, 7 tons. Launched July 1871;  unregistered. Lbd  40-6 x 86 x 3-6 ft. On 7 May 1882, no less than five such craft were reported to have been driven ashore at Three Hut Point, Tasmania, but only the Edith Ellen, appears to have become a total loss. [TS1]
On 4 April 1874, ashore at Kelly’s Point, Tasmania.

Edward. Schooner, 60 tons. Lbd  59-8 x 14-10 x 7 ft. Built at the Williams River, NSW, 1833.  Launched as the Earl Grey; reg. at Launceston, 3/1833. Captain James Rowland. Sailed from Circular Head, north-west Tasmania, for Launceston on 21 May 1842 with eight passengers including a convict, but failed to arrive.  An extensive search by the Government schooner Eliza and cutter Vansittart failed to find any trace of the vessel, which was presumed to have foundered in a gale that sprang up soon after her departure. Schooner Mercury found wreckage between the Forth and Leven Rivers, which may have been from the missing Edward.  Around the end of 1843 the remains of Edward’s boat and a spar were found buried in the sand on a beach in the vicinity of Emu Bay. [TS1]

Edward & Christopher. Schooner. Involved in rescue - see schhoner Laurita, lost Tasmania, 1859. [TS1]

Edward & Joseph. Fishing vessel. Unregistered. Wrecked in the Schouten Passage, Tasmania, 14 August 1880. No loss of life.  The crew reached Spring Bay on board the fishing boat Matilda.[TS1]

Edwin. Cutter, 6 tons. # 32247. Built at Launceston, 1864; reg. Launceston 12/1864. Lbd 21.0 x 9.6 x 4.8 ft Captain F. Gay. From Launceston to Hobart, sprang a leak off Cape Portland, foundered about two miles off Bicheno, east coast Tasmania, 31 January 1874. The crew landed at Bicheno in the dinghy and walked to Swansea, from where they were picked up by the schooner Kestrel and landed at Hobart. [TS1]

Eliza. Government schooner.Involved in salvage and rescue - see ship Wallace, lost D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, 1835. [TS1]
In 1836, sent to search for the missing schooner Maria, off Cape Pillar, 1836, with no success.
In 1842, involved in search for missing schooner Edward off the north-west Tasmanian coast.
In 1843, collided with and sank the schooner Erin Go Bragh, Tasmania, 1843.

Eliza. Cutter, (oft described as  schooner), 15 tons. # 32232. Built at West Arm, River Tamar, Tasmania, 1853; reg. Launceston 9/1853. Lbd 33.6 x 12.4 x 5.6 ft. Ashore, later wrecked, at  Inglis River, Tasmania, 21 July 1862. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash indicate that their is some doubt about these details as a cutter of the same name was engaged in the north-west coastal trade in 1863, and subsequently stranded at Yellow Rock near Tamar Heads, 21 July 1863, but refloated.

Eliza. Schooner, 19 tons. # 57496. Built at Bridgewater, Tasmania, 1868; reg. Hobart 8/1868. Lbd 48.0 x 12.9 x 6.4 ft. Ashore on the western side of Frederick Henry Bay, Tasmania, when, apparently, the man at the helm fell asleep, 29 April 1874. The two crew landed safely and the owner sent the ketch Petrel to attempt to refloat his vessel, without success. [TS1]
Elizabeth. Brigantine,  127 tons. # 31488. Built at Tidnish, Nova Scotia, 1852; reg. Melbourne 12/1863.  Lbd 91.5 x 21.5 x 10.2ft. Master/part-owner John Murray. From the Don River, Tasmania, for Wallaroo, South Australia with timber, ashore, eventually wrecked, at North Point, Circular Head, north-west coast Tasmania, 23 January 1864. All hands saved. [TS1]

Eliza Ann. River craft. Unregistered. Master-owner John Parsons Port Cygnet to Hobart, capsized and sank off One Tree Point on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, 12 September 1871. Crew saved. [TS1]

Elizabeth. Schooner, 9 tons. Sloop, 23 tons. Lbd 39.0 x 11.8 x 5.9ft., built at Hobart, 1839; reg 1/1840. On fire when  tied up at the docks at Hobart, 17 August 1853. To minimise the damage to other vessels and the wharf she was cut adrift out into the river, burned to the waterline, and sank, evidently a total loss. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash say positive identification is uncertain.

Elizabeth. Schooner, 37 tons. Built at Matata, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, 1845; reg. Launceston, 11/1846. Lbd 47.6 x 14.6 x 8.1 ft. Master Nicholas George Clayton. Hit rocks off Swan Island, north-east Tasmania,  wrecked, 14 April 1847. With assistance from the lighthouse staff, the crew managed to recover much of the cargo before being picked up by the schooner Scotia, and were landed at Hobart. [TS1],[ASW1]

Elizabeth. Schooner, 60 tons. Built at a time and place unknown, having been seized as a slaver priot to April 1845. Lbd 71.8 x 18.6 x 8.0 ft. Reg. Melbourne, 11/1851 as a brigantine, 68 tons. Lbd 67.1 x 19.6 x 8.6 ft. Later reg. 119/1854. She was in the Melbourne-Port Adelaide trade when she went ashore at Flat Topped Point on the Victorian coast, 21 May 1852.  Salvaged and sold to Mauritius owners, reg. Port Louis. Returned to Melbourne in 1853, remeasured and registered.Captain Chilton. From Geelong to the Mersey, Tasmania, sprung a leak in Bass Strait and beached near the wharf at Circular Head. After the gear and fittings were removed the vessel was broken up for firewood. [TS1]

Elizabeth. Fishing boat. Unregistered. Total loss by fire off Whale Head, Tasmania, 1931. [TS2]

Elizabeth and Jane. Barque, 336 tons. Arrived at Circular Head, Tasmania, from Gravesend, UK on 15 August 1844; ddriven ashore in a gale on 18 August 1844, and abaadoned the following day. No loss of life. She was sold at auction, raised, repaited and sailed to Launceston, arriving 14 November 1844. On 21 April 1846, under Captain John Miller, sailed for London with twenty- five passengers. [ASW1]

Elizabeth Henrietta. Sloop, whaler, 39 tons. Built on the River Derwent, 1828; reg. Hobart, 5/1828, 32/1841. Lbd  42-6 x 15-4 x 7-6 ft. Her  register was closed in 1843 with a comment that she had been wrecked. [TS1]

Elizabeth Lloyd. Schooner, 30 tons. Built on the Huon River, Tasmania, 1839; reg. Hobart. Captain McNamara. Lbd 44.7 x 13.0 x 7.9 ft. Inward to Hobart, stranded at the Don, Tasmania, 4 July 1846. No loss of life. Refloated, towed upstream and rebult the following year as the schooner Charlotte (qv), and lost in 1848. [TS1],[ASW1 - wrecked in the estuary of the Fourth River]

Elizabeth Radcliff. Unknown type. Left Launceston in 1850 and never heard of again. It was from this vessel that the young sailor William Holyman jumped ship, and went on to build up one of the largest Australian shipping companies. [RW]

Elizabeth Susan. Fishing boat, 47ft. Unregistered. Wrecked, possibly Tsmanian waters, October 1959.  [TS2]

Ella Taylor. Ketch, 38 tons. # 79295. Formerly the Dawn of Hope (qv), underwent an extensive reconstruction at Penguin, and registered in Launceston 5/1891. Lbd 58.4 x 15.1 x 6.5 ft. Captain Seivers. Rode onto her anchor and then drifted ashore at Griffith’s Point, West Devonport, 24 August 1891. Heavy seas broke over her causing further damage, sufficient to be abandoned. [TS1]

Ellen. Sloop. Siezed by convicts in the Derwent River, Tasmania, 27 January 1827, and eluded pursuit.  She was eventually wrecked on Tucopia island in the Santa Cruz Group. [ASW1]

Ellen. Government cutter. Built at Port Arthur, Tasmania, 1836; unregistered. Mostly employed in servicing the numerous buoys marking the Tamar River navigation channels. Wrecked on a reef in Sandy Bay on the Tamar River, Tasmania, 14 July 1852. At the time she was in the hands of a third-class convict pass-holder, who later sentenced to nine months hard labour for ‘wilful mismanagement of work’. [TS1]

Ellen. Schooner, 90 tons. Lbd 61.6 x 18.3 x 10.9 ft. Built at Twofold Bay, NSW, 1838; reg. Hobart. Master John Gluyors, or Gluyas. From Hobart to the whaling station at Oyster Bay, became entangled in the kelp beds in the Mercury Passage, between Maria Island and the Tasmanian mainland, miss-stayed and drifted ashore opposite the island, September 1839.  All hands landed safely but the vessel became a total wreck. [TS1]
Ellen. Fishing vessel. Wreckage found on South Arm beach, Tasmania, 5 June 1865. The vessel had probably capsized, drowning her crew. [TS1]

Elsa. Barque. See Jessie Craig.  [TS2]

Elsie May. Cutter, 7 tons. Unregistered. Master-owner Charles Mullins. Sank off Table Cape, west north coast Tasmania, August 1897. On 5 August 1897 the SS Australia, Strahan to Launceston under the command of Captain Rogers, came across the coastal cutter Elsie May adrift and waterlogged about nine miles of Table Cape, with no one on board and a cargo of about two tons of flour in the hold.  The steamer took the cutter in tow, but as she was clearly straining badly, she was set adrift. She presumably sunk soon after the Australia had left her. The captain, who sailed his vessel alone, was known for his drinking and it is presumed he had falled overboard and drowned. [TS1]

Elsie May. Motor launch. Unregistered. On a cruise up the Derwent, Tasmania, caught fire after her engine back-fired; ashore near the Domain slip and sank, 1 November 1931. Beyond repair. [TS2]

Emboana. Motor launch 34 ft. Built Launceston1950. Totally destroyed by fire at her moorings at Gravelly Beach on the River Tamar, Tasmania. Unknown date. [TS2]

Emerald Isle. Ketch, 13 tons gross. # 57546. Built Hobart, 1874; reg. Hobart 6/1874. Lbd 42.0 x 12.3 x 4.0 ft. Castain Adams. From Hobart to Hastings, forced ashore in a gale at Kelly’s Point, Bruny Island, Tasmania,  during a gale, wrecked, 5 July 1906. Crew landed safely. [TS2]
In 1877, involved in rescue - see brig Maid of Erin.

Emily. Cutter, 26 tons. Built at Sydney, 1840; reg. Melbourne, 7/1844. Lbd 40.7 x 12.6 x 7.3 ft. Master Andrew Murray. Sailed from Melbourne for Circular Head, Tasmania, on 4 April 1846 but failed to arrive.  No trace was ever found, and it is presumed she foundered in Bass Strait [TS1],[ASW1]

Emily. Fishing boat. Master-owner John Seymour. Run down by the trans-Derwent ferry Kangaroo, whilst at anchor off Kangaroo Point, Tasmania, 9 August 1894. No loss of life. [TS1]

Emily Downing. Gunpowder hulk, previously whaling barque, 269 tons. # 32047. Built at Port Arthur, Tasmania, 1841, as the Colonial Government’s supply ship and transport Lady Franklin; reg. Hobart 21/1855. Sold and refitted as a whaler in 1855, when renamed. Lbd 90.0 x 26.3 x 17.8 ft.  Register closed 23 February 1898, when it was reported that she had been broken up. [TS1]

Emily Jane. Fishing vessel, 2.5 tons, 22 ft. Master-owner Barry R. Lowe. Wrecked ashore on rocks near the Eddystone Point Lighthouse, Tasmania, as a result of steering failure, 31 December 1974. No lives lost. [TS2]

Emma. Schooner, 77 tons. # 31622. Built at Bristol, UK, 1845; reg. Melbourne 25/1860. Lbd 65.1 x 18.8 x 9.9 ft. Captain Carmichael.  Left Otago for Port Adelaide in ballast on  24 February 1863, stranded and abandoned offshore east coast Tasmania, March 1863. The master and seven crew took to the boat and after bing blown through Banks Strait and landing on Rabbit Island in the Furneaux Group, safely made George Towm, north-east coast Tasmania. On 18 March the schooner was found beached about two miles north of Falmouth on the east coast, with all sails set and three feet of water in the hold. Spars, sails, gear and fittings were recovered after several failed attempts to refloat her. [TS1]
In 1856, involved in rescue - see schooner Retriever, lost Tasmania, 1856. [TS1]

Emma Jane. Unregistered river craft. Sank on the Derwent near Bridgewater, 9 May 1845. Crew of two saved. [TS1]

Emma Kemp. Schooner, 67 tons. Built  Sydney, 1827; reg. Sydney 28/1831, reg. Hobart3/1832, 7/1836. Lbd 58-6 x 16 x 8 ft.. Originally a cutter of 37 tons, lbd 43-6 x 14-5 x 7-6 ft., rebuilt 1835.  In 1833 she had became perhaps the first Australian-built vessel to complete a circumnavigation, by undertaking a voyage from Hobart to Rio De Janeiro and return via the Cape of Good Hope. Master probably Isaac Matches. Struck rocks, holed, and sank, at Wabb’s Boat Harbour, now The Gulch, Bicheno, Tasmania, 24 June 1840. Crew saved. [TS1],[ASW1 - cutter, 37 tons]
On 11 February 1827, under Captain Samuel Budge, blown on to Sow and Pigs Reef near the entrance to Port Jackson, when leaving for Hobart. She received extensive damage but was refloated and repoaired. [ASW1 - registered as a Dandy, 37 tons]

Emma Prescott. Brig , 167 tons. # 31593. Built at Robbinston, Maine USA, 1846; reg. Melbourne 8/1852. Lbd 88.2 x 20.8 x 10.0 ft. Missed stays and drifted ashore in Freestone Cove, Tasmania, 30 September 1867. Later condemned as unseaworthy and dismantled where she lay. Vessel Margaret Chessel involved in salvage. [TS1]

Empress of China. Barquentine, 267/255 tons. # 68526. Built at Padstow, Cornwall, UK, 1874; reg. Hobart 8/1877. Lbd 120.7 x 26.1 x 12.8 ft. Captain Thomas James Chaplin. From Geelong for Hobart in ballast, wrecked due to current and fog affecting navigation, Pyramid Rock, west of Hunters Island, north-west Tasmania, 29 December 1888. Crew saved. [TS1]
On 11 May 1882, under Captain McArthur, hit rocks off the south-eastern coast of King Island, probably the Stanley Shoals, and came close to sinking.

Empress of India. Steamer. Involved in attempted salvage of vessel - see barque Astrolabe, lost Tasmania, 1883.

Emu. Fishing ketch, 17 gross. # 79277. Built on the West Tamar, 1885; reg. Launceston 3/1886. Lbd 41.6 x 15.2 x 5.0 ft.  Originally been engaged in trade along the north-west coast and Tamar River. Master Frederick Furness.  Wrecked ashore when parted from her anchors while sheltering from a gale at Eddystone Point, Tasmania, 5 November 1902.Two crew saved. The same gale was also responsible for the loss of the fishing boat Marquis of Linlithgow on King Island and the ketch Ruby in the Furneaux Group. [TS2]
In July 1889, suffered considerable damage when a cargo of unslaked lime caught fire.
On 12 March 1890, another fire in a cargo of unslaked lime caused the vessel severe damage at Market Wharf, Launceston.
On the night of 1 July 1891, under Master  James McDonald, was struck by the coastal steamer Herbert at Native Point, Tasmania; the ketch was towed ashore to prevent her sinking.
In July 1902, under Master  John Pratt, beached at Tomahawk River, Tasmania, after springing a leak.  Refloated.
On 4 August 1902, driven ashore having parted her anchors in a gale.

Emu. Schooner, 20/19 tons. # 43313. Built at Emu Bay, Tasmania, 1862; reg. Launceston 12/1863. Lbd 50.8 x 13.3 x 5.1 ft. Master-owner G.H.King. From the Mersey River to Launceston with wheat, ashore on Black Reef off Tamar Heads, 1 June 1874. All hands saved. [TS1],[ASR]

Emu. Steamer, 43/29 tons. # 32066. Built at Battery Point, Hobart, 1858; reg.  Hobart 14/1858. Lbd 99.0 x 10.4 x 6.6 ft. Sank at her moorings on the east bank of the River Derwent, and was never refloated, 1897. [TS1]
In 1879, attempted to reach the stricken barque Lady Emma at Port Davey, Tasmania, 1879, but forced back to Hobart due to heavy weather.
Also listed:
Emu. 1897. Her remains were found in April 2000 and are now under survey as one of Australia’s most significant maritime archaeological finds. [TS2]

Emu Packet. Two-masted wherry, 12 tons. Built at Swan Bay, River Tamar, Tasmania, 1846; reg. Launceston, 13/1846. Lbd 32.9 x 12.0 x 4.8 ft. Master/owner William Garner. Driven ashore at Emu Bay, Tasmania, wrecked, night of 26-27 September 1848. No loss of life. (See also schooner Trial, lost on the same night). She had just finished loading and was attempting to put to sea in the face of rising winds when her jib-boom broke, throwing one of her crew into the water.  He was rescued with difficulty and the disabled vessel went onto the rocks. [TS1]

Enchantress. Barque, 376 tons. Built at Bristol, England, 1826; reg. London. Captain David Roxburgh (later  master of the ship Kelso). Near the end of an  uneventful passage from London to Hobart with a valuable general cargo and nineteen passengers, struck uncharted rocks about  half a mile off the western shore of Bruny Island, and six or eight miles south of Partridge Island, probably the Hen and Chickens Reefs, 16 July 1835. She slipped off but was holed so badly as to be unmanageable, and was abandoned before she sank. The long boat, with the second officer, fifteen of the crew, and a passenger, went down with the ship and was not seen again. The survivors landed on Partridge Island; the passengers were picked up by the cutter Friends and taken to Hobart, while the captain and the four surviving crew set off in the gig. A gale the following March saw the ship completely wrecked.
Estimates of the number of souls lost vary. Broxam and Nash speak of ‘passenges and four crew’ saved. Loney indicates only three of the complement of fifty saved, which is what the Australian Encyclopedia lists, however Bateson writes that this is ‘clearly incorrect’ - why, he does not mention, nor does he provide an opinion. Stone and Loney also suggest  ‘twenty-two saved, about fifty missing’ in High and Dry. O’May lists nineteen survivors. Lawson indicates sixteen.

Endeavour. Cutter, 19 tons. Built at Launceston, 1832; reg. Launceston, 1/1832, 9/1837. Lbd 32 x 12-5 x 5 ft. Master John Williams. Register closed - vessel sailed from Launceston for Piper’s River, after which she disappears from trace, 1843.  [TS1]

Endeavour. Yacht, 40ft. Sailed from Melbourne for Devonport with three people on 19 April 1954 but failed to arrive.  [TS2]

Enduro. Motor launch. Lost or damaged beyong repair due to devastating floods in the Launceston, Tamar River basin, April 1929.  [TS2]

Ennyl II. Fishing vessel,  13 tons, 10 metres. Reported to have sunk at Hunters Island on 6 February 1984. [TS2]

Ensign. Brig, 164 tons. # 28304. Built at Montrose, Scotland, 1860; reg. Hobart 11/1863. Lbd 94.9 x 22.4 x 12.4 ft. Sailed from Newcastle for Hobart with a cargo of coal on 30 September 1864, but failed to arrive. A name board bearing the vessel’s name was later reported washed ashore at Hannah Bay, NSW, but that could have been lost anywhere and drifted for a long way before coming ashore. [TS1]

Enterprise. Schooner, 58 tons. # 74656. Built at Williamstown, Victoria, 1876; reg. Melbourne 30/1876. Lbd 76.4 x 18.5 x 6.6 ft. Captain J. Thompson. From Melbourne to the Don River, Tasmania, ashore on the western bank, 22 July 1892. Refloated and towed to Devonport, three months later, but the damage was such that it was uneconomical to repair and she lay in the river for several years.  In October 1897 she was hauled onto an improvised slip where repairs were to be carried out, after which there is no record of the vessel. [TS1],[LPA - wrecked in Tasmanian waters 1892]
On 29 June 1881, under Captain Holyman, stranded at East Cove, Deal Island. Crew saved, by barque Verulam and transferred to SS Albatross off Port Phillip Heads. Abandoned by the underwriters, but sold at auction, refloated, repaired, and re-entered service in June 1882.
On 31 May 1892,  stranded on the Duck River Bar, Tasmania, while outward bound for Melbourne with timber, and had again been considered a total loss before being refloated.

Enterprise. Cutter. Unregistered. Reported to have sailed from George’s Bay for Launceston on 11 March 1890, but failed to arrive, and was never seen or heard from again. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash found no contemporary references.

Enterprise. Ketch. Went to the assistance of the stricken steamer Wiena, Maria Island, Tasmania, 1916.  [TS2]

Erin Go Bragh. Schooner, river-trader, 16 tons. Lbd 32.6 x 10.9 x 5.8 ft. Built at Hobart, 1839; reg. Hobart, 4/1839, 4/1843. Master William Cooke. Run down and sunk off the Brown’s River probation station, Tasmania,  by the Government schooner Eliza, 29 October 1843. The master and a female passenger were rescued, but another man went down with the vessel.   It is possible that she may have been refloated, as an Erin Go Bragh of about 10 tons was trading on the Derwent in the early 1850s.

Erskine. Auxiliary ketch, 89/56 tons. # 151804. Built Geelong, 1922; reg. Melbourne,  6/1922. Lbd 88.8 x 23.0 x 7.2 ft. Captain W. Irvine. Left Launceston for St. Helens, Tasmania, wrecked ashore at Mussel Roe Bay during a southerly gale, 18 December 1935.
In August 1931, stranded near the Inglis River, Tasmania. [TS2]

Esk. Schooner, 43 tons. # 73514. Built at Launceston, 1876; reg. Launceston 6/1876, Hobart 6/1880. Lbd 63.6 x 17.6 x 7.0 ft. Master-owner Peter Oldham. From Launceston for the Leven River, Tasmania, aground on Horseshoe Reef off Wright’s Island, north-east of Mersey Heads, 10 July 1882. Crew saved.  [TS1]
On 9 September 1877, stranded at West Reef, Inglis River, Tasmania.
On 8 December 1879, capsized and sank in Tamar River, drowning a passenger.
On 6 July 1880, ashore at Bichen.

Esk. Iron steamship, 854/547 tons. # 76812. Built at Glasgow, 1877, as the Vampire; reg. Launceston 8/1878. Lbd 190.6 x 27.1 x 21.2 ft. After a brief period in the Mediterranean trade, she was purchased by the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Company in 1878 and renamed Esk. Captain J. W. Evans. From Hobart for Sydney via Devonport, hit an outcrop of the Hebe Reef, and came to a grinding halt, hard aground, 24 April 1886. Within fifteen minutes of going ashore the Esk was filling with water, and the boilers had been extinguished.  After efforts to pump her with the donkey engine failed, Evans decided to abandon ship.  The three boats had just been lowered with the passengers and provisions when the SS Minx  pulled alongside, to be followed shortly afterwards by the steam launch Heather Belle.  All hands, provisions and luggage to George Town, from where they reached Launceston on board the Corinna on the following day. The paddle steam tug Tamar, using the ketch Wave as a lighter, managed to recover a considerable proportion of the Esk’s gear before she broke up in a gale on 7 May 1886. Captain Evans later became master of the SS Huon in the river trade out of Hobart before being appointed manager of the Hobart offices of Huddart, Parker & Co., and entered State Parliament in 1897. [TS1],[DG]
On 31 October 1881, stranded on the Tamar River; refloated with the assistance of the paddle steamer  Tamar.

Esperance Bay. Steel motor fishing vessel, LFB 340 (R38),  46/21 tons. # 332039. Built Fremantle  1966; reg. Fremantle 27/1970. Lbd 52.5 x 16.6 x 5.3 ft. Skipper Brian Jago. Three crew abandoned the vessel in a sinking condition, Johnson Bay, Tasmania, 10 October 1975. Soon after their dinghy and the Esperance Bay were hit by huge waves. Two men qwere drowned when the dinghy overturned.  [TS2]

Esperance Belle. Schooner. Involved in salvage - see schooner Petrel, lost Tasmania, 1868.
Also listed:
Esperance Belle. Barge, 28 tons. Built 1867; reg Hobart Town. Lost prior to 1874. [ASR]

Esperance Packet. Ketch, 13 tons. # 31015. Built Hobart, 1852; reg. Hobart 57/1852. Lbd   45.3 x 10.8 x 4.0 ft. Mster-owner George Quinn. Capsized in a gale, sank, at Petchey's Bay on the Huon River, 20 February 1925. She appears not to have been raised.
On 25 April 1871, collided with and considerably damaged the river craft Happy Jack of Sandy Bay, without doing much harm to herself.  [TS2]

Esperanza, Esperanzo - refered to as such in the press, in reference to ketch Esperance Packet, lost Tasmania, 1925. [TS2]

Estelle. Motor launch. Severely damaged by fire at her moorings off Battery Point, probably lost, 6 January 1934. [TS2]

Esther. Schooner, 8 tons. # 32237. Built at Burnie, Tasmania, 1862; reg. Launceston 7/1862, 4/1865. Lbd 36.6 x 9.0 x 4.6 ft/ In 1865, extensively rebuilt and enlarged to 15 tons, lbd 38.1 x 13.2 x 6.0 ft. Captain Easther. Cleared Tamar Heads for the Don River, Tasmania, but encountered a gale which disabled the vessel and washed a brother of the captain overboard, drowned; beached, wrecked on rocks, two miles west of Port Sorell, 13 July 1871. Two remaining crew survived. [TS1],[ASR - cutter]

Esther. Ketch. Involved in salvage - see barque Lady Emma, beached at Recherche Bay, Tasmania, 1879.
Involved in rescue - see ketch Cape Pigeon, lost Tasmania, 1895.

Estramina. Colonial Government schooner. Last to see the sloop Raven in Bass Strait, 1806. [TS1]
Involved in rescue - see Hebe, lost Port Dalrymple, 1806. [TS1]

Ethel. Auxiliary fishing cutter. Built  Hobart, 1902; unregistered. Lbd 40 x 10  x 4 ft. Owner-crew M. Splane and W. Etchells. With disabled steering, ashore Inglis River, in a squall, 3 March 1913.  [TS2]

Ethel Cuthbert. Ketch, 44 tons. # 57576. Built at Franklin, Huon River, 1876; reg. Hobart 18/1876. Lbd 65.0 x 19.4 x 6.0 ft. Captain H. Lloyd, Jr. Engaged to recover salvage from the wrecked brig Maid of Erin, lost at Port Davey in June 1877, left Hunters Island on 30 July 1877 but failed to arrive and was eventually given up as lost with all hands. She was found by prospectors in January 1878, partly buried in the sand eight or nine miles north of the Pieman River. That she was the Ethel Cuthbert was confirmed by Captain John C. Taylor of the cutter North Star, who knew her well. There was no trace of any of her crew having made it ashore. [TS1]

Ethel May. Fishing boat. Unregistered. Wrecked on the St. Helens Bar, Tasmania, 26 October 1905. Crew of two landing safely. [TS2]

Ettie. Fishing boat. Unregistered.  Master-owner Robert Marshall. Stranded, wrecked, on a sandbank at Half Moon Bay, South Arm, Tasmania, 18 March 1885. [TS1]

Eucalyptus. Barque, 173 tons. # 32009. Built at Battery Point, Hobart, 1852; reg. Hobart 21/1852, 7/1856, 7/1868. Originally rigged as a two-masted schooner, rigged as a barque in 1856. Lbd 104.1 x 24.6 x 9.7ft. Captain Riddle. From Hobart for Port Adelaide, struck the then uncharted rock that now bears her name off Eddystone Point, Tasmania, 28 November 1870. The brig Spec offered assistance, which was declined, and the crew headed for George’s Bay in the boats where they were picked up by the coastal schooner Robert Burns and returned to Hobart. [TS1]
Also listed:
Eucalyptus. Schooner. Involved in rescue - see schooner Union, lost off Swan Island, Tasmania, 1852. [TS1]

Eulah. Motor launch, formerly a yacht. Built around 1905; unregistered.  Lost or damaged beyong repair due to devastating floods in the Launceston, Tamar River basin, April 1929.  [TS2]

Eulalie. Steam yacht. Built Launceston, around 1924; unregistered. Lbd 70ft. x 14ft. x 6 ft. After burning to the waterline, the Eulalie sank off the eastern shore of Long Reach, Tamar River, Tasmania, 12 November 1927.  [TS2]

Euro. Lighter. See auxiliary ketch Stella A. [TS2]

Eva. Schooner, 45 tons. # 31963. Built at Hobart by Thomas Cullen, James McKay and David McKay in 1854; reg. Hobart 67/1854, Melbourne 1/1869. Lbd 69.1 x 18.3 x 5.2 ft. Master Edward Taylor. Encountered a gale when on a voyage from Macquarie Harbour to Port Adelaide with pine, sought shelter  at Whales head, Tasmania, where her cables parted and she went ashore, wrecked, 22 May 1880. All hands landed safely. In November and December the ketch Pauline made two trips from Launceston to the wreck to recover about 24,000 ft. of pine, and much of the vessel’s gear and fittings. [TS1],[LPA]
In 1858, involved in rescue - see schooner Atalanta, Hell’s Gates, Tasmania, 1858. [LHG],[TS1]

Eveline. Ketch, 67 tons. # 61074. Built at Formby, River Mersey, Tasmania, 1875; reg. Melbourne 8/1889. Lbd 81.8 x 18.2 x 7.5 ft. Captain James Watters. From Melbourne for Penguin, north coast Tasmania, ran onto rocks, wrecked,  at East Telegraph Bay, Three Hummock Island, western Bass Strait, 24 November 1895. All saved. [TS1]

Evelyn. (Eveline). Ketch, river-craft, 8 ton. Unregistered. Wrecked near Port Davey, Tasmania, May 1891. Crew picked up by the fishing boat Fox off South-West Cape. [TS1]

Evelyn. Fishing boat, 5 tons. Built 1954. Lbd  26.0 x 11.2 x 3.5 ft. License cancelled in 1971 following her wreck; no furthr details. [TS2]

Evergreen. Ketch, 19/17 tons. # 31613. Built at Perth, WA, 1849, and rebuilt at Williamstown by her owner William Knights in 1904; reg. Melbourne 22/1878. Lbd 39.0 x 12.1 x 5.5 ft. For more than half a century the ketch had been well-known in the coastal trade around Victoria and northern Tasmania. Sailed from Port Welshpool for the Furneaux Group on 9 June 1906 with a crew of two, and last sighted about ten miles from the Sisters, eastern Bass Strait. She was probably struick by a squall and foundered west of thje Furneaux Group. Wreckage found at Cape Barren Island may have come from her.
On 21 July 1878, foundered in Hobsons Bay, Port Phillip; refloated and repaired. [TS2]

Excella. Wooden vessel, 174 tons gross. Built at Hobart, 1912. Lbd 107 x 23.9 x 8.3 ft. From 1965 lay abandoned for many yars in Prince of Wales bay, Tasmania, before being towed to Kettering and partly repaired. [LH]

Excelsior. Ketch, 10 tons. Built at Battery Point, Tasmania, 1873; unregistered. Lbd 41x 9 x 3-10 ft. Cable parted, onto the rocks, wrecked, Trial Harbour, west coast Tasmania, 28 June 1882. [TS1]
On 3 October 1881, stranded at Louisa Island on the far south coast Tasmania.
On 31 January 1875, capsized off Peppermint Bay, Tasmania, drowning her original owner and four passengers.

Express. Steam launch, trawler, 10/7 tons. #  79288. Built Hobart, 1880 (register incorrectly states 1879); reg. Launceston 4/1889. Lbd 42.0 x 10.6 x 3.6ft. Sank in Victoria Dock, Hobart, 1913. Refloated but
found to be beyond economical repair.
On 26 April 1886, suffered considerable damage in a fire at Launceston. [TS2]

Fairy. Schooner, 29 tons. Built at Launceston, 1848; reg. Launceston, 15/1848, 22/1850. Lbd 47.3 x 13.4 x 6.2 ft. Captain Matthew McDonald. Had cleared Tamar Heads on a voyage from Launceston to Circular Head when she overcome  by heavy weather and capsized, 8 September 1851.The schooner sank quickly, taking with her three passengers.  The crew managed to paddle back to Tamar Heads, where they were picked up by the Swift. [TS1]

Falcon. Cutter, 4 tons. # 61059. Built at Launceston, 1873; reg. Launceston 4/1873. Lbd 23.9 x 8.9 x 4.3 ft. Master G. H. King. On a crayfishing trip, swamped in a gale whilst at anchor at Brandy Creek, Three Hummock Island, western Bass Strait, 6 October 1876.  Vessel wrecked. All crew landed safely, and assisted in refloating the cutter Glance, stranded a few days later. [TS1]

Falcon. (Officially the Falcone). Auxiliary cutter yacht, abalone vessel, 9 tons. # 174387. Built Battery Point, 1907; reg. Hobart 5/1948. Lbd 40.5 x 9.2 x 5.0 ft. Converted to fishing in 1966. Skipper-owner Valentine Stoberl. Struck by a 30 foot wave five miles off Whale Head, near South East Cape, Tasmania,  21 February 1968. With the vessel on the point of foundering the crew of three donned their wet-suits and dived overboard.  They landed at Prion Beach four hours later, and set up camp to await rescue, being spotted by a light aircraft two days later. [TS2]

Falcon. Brig-sloop, 12-gun, 236 tons. Renamed. See whaling barque Water witch, sank Tasmania, 1899.

Falcon. Motor fishing vessel, 5 tons. Ex Rahra. Built 1953. Lbd 26.5 x 8.75 x 3.5ft. Wrecked in a gale off St. Helens, June 1969. [TS2]

Fancy. Yacht. Involved in rescue - see fishing cutter Lucy Adelaide, lost Tasmania, 1905. [TS2]

Fang. Small fishing vessel, 0.5 tons, 5.46 m. Reported sunk, Tasmanian waters, about 1977. [TS2]

Fanny. Cutter.  From the Tamar for Cape Portland, Tasmania, blown onto the rocks at Piper’s River, while attempting to shelter from a gale, 11 December 1844.  All hands landed safely and recovered the cargo, which was later salvaged by the cutter Fly. [TS1]
Broxham and Nash report:
The identity of the Fanny is uncertain. She may have been the 27 cutter, lbd 37-4 x 13-4 x 6 ft, built at Cockle Bay, Sydney, 1827; reg. Launceston since 1834. However that vessel sailed for Western Australia in 1834 and was still working around King George Sound in 1842, there being no record of her return to Tasmania. Her Launceston register was, however, closed as a result of the report the 1844 wreck appearing in Lloyds List of 15 April 1845.  In June 1844 the Fanny had hit a rock at the Inglis River, which is the first reference to a vessel of that name trading along the northern coast during the 1840s. [TS1]

Fanny. Cutter. Master-owner Henry Smith. Sailed from the Montagu River, Tasmania, for Stanley, with a cargo of potatoes on 9 June 1884, but failed to arrive; the captain’s daughter as crew. A search eventually found the remains of the vessel on Seven Mile Beach, but no trace of the crew. [TS1]

Farmer. Schooner, 21 tons. Lbd 33-6 x 11-1 x 4-6 ft. Built at Hobart, 1833. Probably engaged in trade between Hobart and Pittwater. Master John Crocker. Her register was closed in 1855 with the comment ‘lost’ during a periodical purge of ‘dead-wood’, however, it would appear that the vessel had been lost around 1837-38. [TS1]

Farningham. Composite barque, 281 tons. # 60281. Built at Montrose, Scotland, 1867; reg. Port Adelaide 36/1873. Lbd 116.6 x 24.8 x 14.2 ft. Captain Albion Jarvis Haywood. On a voyage from Dunedin to Port Adelaide with oats, collided with the iron barque Vanguard when some 160 miles south-west of Port Davey, Tasmania, 11 July 1884. As it was immediately clear that she was going to sink, all hands either scrambled on board the Vanguard while the two vessels were alongside each other, or jumped overboard and were picked up before the Vanguard drifted away.  Three of the Farningham’s crew were not seen again, and it was thought they may have been trapped in the forecastle as a result of the collision. Blame was placed solely with the Vanguard. [TS1]

Favourite. Auxiliary ketch, 16/11 tons. # 105681. Built Bellerive, Tasmania, 1850; reg.Hobart Hobart 4/1898, 15/1913. Lbd 50.6 x 11.8 x 4.7 ft. Wrecked at Wedge Bay, Tasman Peninsula, about 1937. Generally believed to have been deliberately beached and abandoned at the end of her useful career. [TS2],[ASR]
On 21 September 1893, collided with ketch Uncle Tom, Tinderbox Bay, Tasmania.  [TS2]

Federal. Ketch, 30 tons. # 79295. Built at Devonport, 1891; Launceston 6/1891. Lbd 53.4 x 16.2 x 5.1 ft. Was rebuilt from the wreck of the ketch Promise (qv). Captain Frederick T. Ostener (or Osterman). Ashore, wrecked, near Seymour, east coast Tasmania, 22 July 1894. [TS1],[ASR]
On 24 February 1892, under Captain John Davis, was entering Tamar Heads with a cargo of coal when her mainsail was split in a squall and she drifted ashore on Cox’s Beach, near Symmond’s Mistake.  After part of the cargo was jettisoned, she was refloated.

Fergus. Brig, 166 tons.Built at Dundee., 1842; reg. Melbourne. Lbd 80.3 x 18.9 x 13.0ft. The Fergus had arrived at Hobart from Melbourne under the command of Captain Smith on 21 August 1857. Her register was closed on 31 December 1857 with the comment ‘lost about August 1857 between Hobart and Melbourne’. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash suggest:
Although it is possible she may have met with a mishap within the port of Hobart, or while loading timber at an out-port, in all likelihood she was hulked, broken up, or simply abandoned as unfit for further use.

Fiado. Steamer.  Ran down and sank the schooner Victoria, off Bradley’s Head, Port Jackson. The was raisded, only to be lost in 1898 off the north-west coast Tasmania.

Fino. Fishing vessel, 2 tons,  6.4 metres. Reported destroyed by fire, Tasmanian waters, June  [TS2]

Fire Fly. Cutter, 14 tons. # 32036. Built at Battery Point, Hobart, 1853; reg. Hobart 8/1853, 39/1854.  Originally a steam launch, the first screw steamer built in Tasmania, her engines were removed in 1854 and she was rerigged as a cutter. Lbd 43.4 x 10.0 x 5.0 ft. Captain Abel. Stranded on Betsey Island, Tasmania, wrecked, 9 July 1860. [TS1]

Flash. Iron brig, 139 tons.Built at Walker-on-Tyne, 1843; reg. Geelong, 9/1853. Built as a yacht for the Czar of Russia, she was described as a fast and beautiful vessel, fitted with two watertight bulkheads that unfortunately failed to save her. Lbd 92.5 x 21.5 x 11.3 ft. Captain A. Adams.  Sailed from Hobart for Geelong with a cargo of produce, wrecked when she hit Black Reef off Cape Naturaliste, north-east Tasmania, 16 December 1853. The crew of eight and two passengers took to the boat and were picked up by the schooner Sybil. [TS1]

Fleetwing. Cutter-rigged yacht. In a gale, parted her moorings at Sandy Bay on the River Derwent and was driven out to sea, never to be seen again, 12 June 1876. [TS1]

Flinders. Steamship, 948 tons. Built 1878 for Tasmanian Steam Navigation Co. Later sold to Adelaide Steam Ship Company. Mysteriously caught fire in the River Torrens, and so badly damaged that she was converted into a coal hulk.  [DG]

Flirt. Cutter. Destroyed by fire on the slips at Settlement Point, Flinders Island while approaching completion in March 1892. The replacement was 16 tons, lbd 38-10. x 10-6. x 4-2 ft. [TS2]

Flirt. Yawl-rigged racing yacht, 24ft. Built Launceston 1924. Wrecked when parted from her moorings at Launceston and drifted onto the piles of the former swimming baths. Date not known.  [TS2]

Flora McDonald. Ketch, 10 tons. # 79298.  Built on the West Tamar, Tasmania, 1876; reg. Launceston. Lbd 38.6 x 11.8 x 3.6 ft.  [TS2]

Florence. Passage boat. Unregistered. Master Edward Sproule.  Wrecked between Ferguson’s Point and Twelve Acre Paddock, North West Bay, Tasmania, 25 May 1876. Crew saved. [TS1]

Florence. Fishing cutter. Unregistered. In a gale, parted from her anchors, ashore, wrecked, at Recherche Bay, Tasmania,  20 October 1903.  Two crew saved. [TS2]

Florrie. Auxiliary motor yacht, 28 ft. Built Launceston 1878. Wrecked on rocks at the entrance to the Mussel Roe River, Tasmania. Unknown date.
In February 1936, sank at her Launceston moorings. [TS2]

Fly. Sloop, 13 tons. Reg. Sydney, 1803. Master William Stewart. In a leaking condition, sank at her moorings in The Cataract, Tamar River, Tasmania, and abandoned as a total loss, May, 1815. Her loss was in part to due a conflict between the acting commandant Lietenant Alexander Campbell and the captain, the later having not moved the vessel on the commandants orders.  The circumstances were the subject of a lengthy investigation by Commissioner Bigge in 1819, and was one of the many mis-handled affairs that resulted in the recall of Governor Lachlan Macquarie. [TS1],[ASW1]

Fly. Cutter. Involved in salvage - see cutter Fanny, Tasmania, 1844. [TS1]

Flying Arrow. Cutter. Unregistered. Captain Hinds. Ashore and abandoned at Whales Head, Tasmania,  August 1878. [TS1]

Flying Childers. Whaling barque, 230 tons. # 32021. Built at Hobart, 1846; reg. Hobart  37/1846, 27/1851. Lbd 96.4 x 23.5 x 13.4 ft.  Master and part-owner James McGregor. Parted her anchors in a gale when in Port Davey, Tasmania; wrecked ashore, night of 15-16 June 1877. Master and crew returned to Hobart on the ketch Coral, which also assisted with salvage on a subsequent voyage. [TS1]

Flying Duck. Schooner. On 6 October 1876 Captain Lockwood of the ketch Dart discovered the wreck of a vessel, which he estimated to be of about fifty tons, off Swan Island, and never identified. On 8 December 1876 a bottle was found at Ringarooma Beach, north-east Tasmania, containing a message to the effect that the schooner Flying Duck, owners H. Green and W. Dyson, was sinking off Waterhouse Island, and the crew had no means of escape. If genuine, it could be related to the vessel reported at Swan Island. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash add:
No trace of a Flying Duck has been located, however.  She may have been an unregistered fishing vessel, and the size overestimated.

Flying Scud. Auxiliary ketch, fishing boat, 42/36 tons. # 95992. Built Melbourne by the Melbourne Coal Shipping & Engineering Co. Ltd., 1891, as the steam tug Advance; reg. Hobart 4/1952. Lbd  72.8 x 14.9 x 8.2ft. Advance had worked as a tug at both Melbourne and Port Adelaide before being converted into the fishing ketch Swallow at Launceston in 1939, then later as Flying Scud. Became entangled in the kelp bed under Fluted Cape, Tasmania; the swell carried her onto the rocks, where she soon started to break up, 23 May 1961. One of four crew drowned.
Flying Scud. Fishing vessel. Master G. Watson. Sank near  West Sandy Cape, Tasmania, 30 August 1893. The crew left her in the boat, but when it capsized three hundred yards offshore they were forced to swim ashore. [TS1].

Foam. Auxiliary ketch, 15/13 tons. # 119240. Built Hobart  as the Teddy Watt, 1874 (the register incorrectly says 1879); renamed when first registered at Hobart 9/1905. Lbd 47.9 x 12.7 x 4.0 ft.
Engine backfired and burst into flames at Lewisham, Pittwater, Tasmania, 21 December 1931. Beyond repair.
In 1879, under  Captain Edward Taylor, boarded the wrecked ketch Sarah Ann and rescued the ship’s cat,  south-west Tasmania. [TS1]
In 1883, involved in rescue - see SS Tasman, lost Tasmania.
On 17 June 1919, capsized off Sandy Bay Point, Tasmania.
On 23 September 1929, sprung a leak and sunk off Crayfish Point, Tasmania.
On 19 July 1901, collided with the ketch Lillie May, Hobart and suffered considerable damage. [TS2]

Folkstone. Cutter, river-trader, 18 tons. Length 25 ft. Capsized in a gale and found lying bottom up on Snake Island, Tasmania, Fenruary 1846. [TS1]

Fortitude. Cutter, 27 tons. Built at Bruny Island, 1841; reg. Hobart, 18/1841, 7/1854. Lbd 43.3 x 13.4 x 7.2 ft. Captain William Young. Was offered for sale at Hobart on 24 July 1854 as a wreck lying Bruny Island.  No further trace of the vessel has been found and it is presumed she became a total loss. [TS1]

Foster Fyans. Cutter, 29 tons. # 32071. Built at Sydney, 1837; reg. Hobart 26/1854. Originally employed as a Government vessel at Moreton Bay. Lbd 44.0 x 14.0 x 6.6ft. Captain Nichols. Parted her cables in a gale when loading coal at Seymour, Tasmania; ashore, wrecked, 10 May 1862. All hands saved. See also cutter Caroline lost at he same time. [TS1]

Fox. Brig, whaler, 223 tons. Lbd 91-8 x 23-6 x 11 ft. Claimed as a prize by the High Court of Admiralty at London in 1811; reg. Launceston. Captain Irving. Stranded off Garden Island, Tamar heads, Tasmania, 7 May 1843. Towed to George Town by the vessel Gypsy, she was found to have been badly damaged.  Her whaling gear was transferred to the brig Essington, which then continued on for Portland Bay. The Fox was towed to Launceston, where she was sold as a wharf and coal hulk for the Gipsy until broken up in 1846. [TS1]

Fox. Fishing boat. Involved in rescue - see ketch Evelyn, lost Tasmania, 1891.

Foxy Lady. Fibreglass, planing-hulled motor fishing vessel, LFB No. 368, 12 tons, 12.88 metres. Built WA; reg. Fremantle 21/1976. Skipper-owner William Beck. On fire, exploded having left Port Arthur, Tasmania, 21 May 1981. Two crew saved.  [TS2]

Foxy Mamma. Fibreglass twin-screw abalone fishing vessel, 15 tons, 16.0 m. Skipper-owner Robert Lord. Destroyed by fire when the engine exploded in flames, off Tasman Peninsula, 22 October 1984. Skipper badly burnt. Two crew saved by water police launch and helicopter. [TS2]

Francus Feeling.  Barque.  Sighted what may have ben the upturned hull of the whaling schooner Maria, off Cape Pillar, Tasmania, 1836. [TS1]

Franklin. Fishing cutter. Sank in a heavy easterly while at anchor in the Hunters, Tasmania, on or before 8 February 1887. Two crew saved. [TS1]

Freak. Barque, 103 tons. Lbd 64-7 x 19-6 x 10 ft. Built at Sulked, near Calcutta, India,1823; reg. Sydney, 5/1834.  An alternative reference  states she was originally a schooner of 91 tons, built at Kidderpore by J. Kyd & Co. in 1823.  Captain William Sinnot. Sailed from Mauritius for Sydney during mid-1834 but failed to arrive.  Late in 1834 it was reported that a vessel believed to be the missing Freak had been seen capsized off the coast of Van Dieman’s Land, although details were not reported.  However, early in December 1834 Captain Nelson of the brig Swallow sighted the waterlogged wreck some 130 miles off Kangaroo Island, South Australia.  This could well have been the Freak, which may have continued to drift towards Van Dieman’s Land and possibly been sighted again. [TS1]

Fred Moore. Motor launch, 15 tons. Built Launceston, 1925; unregistered. Lbd  49 x 8-3 x 6-3 ft. Started a plank off Low Head, northern Tasmania, and sank within a few minutes, 21 February 1968. Crew of three saved. [TS2]

Friends. Cutter, 18 tons.Built at Hobart, 1832; reg. Hobart, 6/1840. Lbd 33-6 x 11-7 x 5-5 ft. Register closed in 1853 with the comment ‘lost’, although no contemporary accounts of her demise have been found.  She was probably still in existence in 1850, when a Friends was trading between Hobart and the Huon. [TS1]
In 1835, i nvolved in rescue - see barque enchantress, lost off Bruny Island, 1835. [TS1]

Friendship. Unregistered schooner. Wrecked on the reef off Spectacle Island, Frederick Henry Bay, while attempting to enter Pittwater, Tasmania, night of 21-22 December 1834. No loss of life. [TS1]

Frolic. Fishing cutter. Tried to locate the capsized ketch Ann Allen, off Crayfish Point, Tasmania, 1923.  [TS2]

Fusilier. Unregisstered vessel. Built for the V.D.L. Government at Port Arthur, 1837. Shelter Cove to Hobart, went ashore on Shepherd’s Point, 8 March 1866. Presumed lost.  [TS1]

G. H. P. Fishing vessel, 5 tons, 24-3 ft. Sank off Maria Island, Tasmania, 16 April 1962. [TS2]

G. Ward Cole. Iron twin-screw steam dredge, 431/196 tons. # 95976. Built Renfrew, Scotland, 1889; reg. Melbourne 19/1890. Lbd 146.5 x 32.2 x 11.3 ft.  Captain F. M. Calvert. Parted from her cables in a heavy squall and grounded on the Mersey River breakwater, Tasmania, 29 October 1930. Damaged beyond economical repair, dismantled and abandoned. [TS2],[LH - lost 1929]
~ The full length of the lower hull can still be seen at low water.

Gael. French barque. Involved in rescue  - see Ville D’Orleans, lost off Tasmania, 1902.

Gail Jeanette II. Steel motor fishing trawler, 30/13 tons. # 355007. Built Portland, Victoria, 1973. Lbd 12.13 x 4.56 x 2.33 metres. Skipper Bill John. Foundered fourteen miles north-east of the Cape Tourville light, south-east Tasmania,18 June 1992. Crew of two rescued by the fishing boat Katamara.
Broxam and Nash add:
Both the rescued and the rescuers strongly condemned the closure of the Hobart emergency radio station, which frequently resulted in vessels in distress being unable to contact the nearest station in Melbourne. [TS2]

Garibaldi. Ferry. Collided with the steam ferry Kangaroo, Tasmanian waters, 3 December 1866,. The master and two passengers drowned. [TS2]

Gauntlet. Cutter, 13 tons. # 32234. Built at Windermere, River Tamar, Tasmania, 1849; reg. Launceston 7/1863. Lbd 34.7 x 11.6 x 5.6 ft. Register closed with the undated comment ‘wrecked at Port Frederick’, apparently a short time after registration. [TS1]

Gazelle. Brig. Involved in salvage of cargo- see barque Helen Stewart, lost tamar Heads, 1856. [TS1]

Gem. Schooner, 120 tons. # 31977. Lbd 79.5 x 21.9 x 6.5 ft. Built at Medford, Massachusetts, 1848, as the Crescent City; registered Hobart, 30/1853. Captain Baker. Wrecked when drifted ashore at High Rocky Point, west coast Tasmania, 9 May 1857. The whalers Marie Laure and Reliance assisted in the rescue of the crew. Cargo of pine recovered by the schooner Victoria. [TS1]
In 1856, involved in rescue - see brig Struan, lost eastern Bass Strait, 1856.

Gemakele. Cutter rigged motor cray fishing vessel,  LFB 346 (TFN), 9/8 tons,  29.65 ft. # 152401. Built Ulverstone, 1945; reg. Launceston 5/1949. Skipper-owner Geoffrey Argent. By unfortunate navigation, ran on the breakwater at Mersey Heads, Tasmania, wrecked 25 August 1983.  [TS2]

General Picton. Iron ship, 1660/1589 tons. # 87123. Built at Aberdeen, UK, 1883; registered at London in the name of The General Picton Co. Ltd. Lbd 258.9 x 38.2 x 22.8 ft. Captain John Morgan. Cleared Port Phillip Heads for London with a valuable general cargo on 23 July 1888, stranded in fog off Foster Island, north-east Tasmania, 24 July 1888. She quickly settled by the stern. The first boat to be launched was stove and sank alongside. The occupants managed to regain the wreck but the ship’s papers and other valuables were lost. The other two boats managed to get clear without mishap with the twenty-eight crew, and were soon picked up by the steamship Warrentinna and taken on to Launceston. At auction in Melbourne, her hull, stores, and cargo brought £1300, but before salvage could be completed she broke up on 2 August, scattering wreckage and cargo over a wide area.. [ASW6],[TS1],[LAH]

Geordy. Schooner, 20 tons. Built at Scotland Island, Pittwater, NSW, 1810. Owned by her master Dennis McCarty of New Norfolk.  Ashore in a gale, apparently total wreck, near South Cape, Tasmania, November 1815. She had sailed from Hobart on a exploratory voyage to the west coast Tasmania on or about 22 November 1815. The crew reached Hobart safely. [TS1]
Bateson records:
Geordy, sloop 14 tons, wrecked at Port Davey, Tasmania, about 1816. [ASW1]

George III. Convict transport, full-rigged ship, wood, 394 tons. Built Deptford, England, 1810. Lb 114 x 28-3 ft. Captain William Moxey.  Sailed from England on 12 December 1834, for Hobart, with 220 male convicts. The first few weeks were uneventful but when nearing the equator a fire broke out on board and but for the heroism of two convicts who risked death to remove gunpowder stored nearby, the ship would probably have been lost. The fire destroyed much of the provisions, however the captain refused to put into port for provisions; twelve men died of scurvy and sixty more seriously ill. Taking a short cut in to Hobart through the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, the ship was wrecked near the Acteon Islands. Of the 294 on board, a total of 133 including 127 convicts lost their lives. Although Captain Moxey, the ship’s officers and the military guard came under criticism for their conduct after the ship struck all were exonerated from any blame. The schooner Louisa and the paddle steamer Governor Arthur attended the wreck. [#NH],[ASW6],[#TS1],[#ASW1],[LAH]

George Town Packet. Cutter, about 12 tons. Unregistered. From Launceston on a mutton-birding expedition to the Hunter Islands with a crew of two, beached in a leaking conddition fifteen miles south of the Pieman River, west coast tasmaania, 19 December 1874. With some difficulty, the two crew walked to Mount Cameron where they found a well-provisioned hut, and, refreshed, reached Montagu on 2 January 1875.  From there they arrived at Circular Head on 6 January, and then Launceston on SS  Pioneer. [TS1]
On 16 March 1874, under Master Frederick Gay, sank at Mary Ann Creek, Whirlpool Reach, Tasmania.

Georgie. Crayfishing vessel, 9.5 tons. Built1916; unregistered. Lbd 40 x 9-7 x 4-6 ft. Capsized when hit by a freak wave off Mussel Roe Bay, Tasmania, 13 June 1966. Went on the rocks between Mussel Roe Point and Cape Naturaliste. Three crew saved.   [TS2]

Georgina. Fishing boat, 40 ft. Uregistered. Master-owner Pat Murphy. Stranded, wrecked, on the Iron Pot, Tasmania, 6 January 1947. [TS2]

Gertrude. Brig. Stranded at Mersey Heads, Tasmaniaa, while inward bound under the charge of the pilot, October 1854. When she left again in March 1855, there was an altercation between the pilot and the ship’s master, who refused to have the pilot on board. [TS1]

Gift. Auxiliary cutter, fishing boat, 14 gross. # 57627. Built Hobart, 1884; reg. Hobart 10/1890.  Lbd 45.0 x 12.0 x 5.1 ft. Hit the Derwent Light (Iron Pot) Reef, Tasmania, and sank, February 1920. Engine salvaged but the hull appears to have been a total wreck. [TS2]

Gipsey. Schooner-rigged trading craft. May have been a sloop, 10 tons. Unregistered. Foundered off Ralph’s Bay on the eastern shore of the Derwent River, on or about 22 October 1853. [TS1]

Gladys. Auxiliary ketch, 50/45 tons. # 105683. Built Hobart, 1899; reg. Melbourne, 11/1915. Lbd 73.4 x 17.6 x 6.8 ft. Captain Burgess. Struck a rock off the northern corner of Three Hummock Island, west Bass Strait, 28 January 1923. Abandoned as a lotal loss. All four crew saved.  [TS2]

Glance. Cutter. Stranded at Brandy Creek, Three Hummock Island, western Bass Strait, but was refloated with the assistance of the crew of the Falcon, wrecked there a few days earlier on 6 October 1876. [TS1]

Gleaner. Ketch, 14 tons. # 57612. Built at Port Davey, 1886; reg. Hobart 1/1887. Lbd 47.0 x 13.8 x 4.5 ft. Mster-owner John Johnson. She lay at anchor in a small cove at the south-western end of the Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania, when the wind suddenly shifted putting her onto a lee shore; in attempting to beat out of danger,  failed to clear the rocks and after losing her rudder, filled and sank, 3 July 1891. Crew rescued by the fishing boat Hope. [TS1],[ASR]

Gleaner. Fishing vessel, 33 ft. First licensed for fishing in 1942. Unregistered. On her delivery voyage from Hobart to Bridport via Dunalley, began to take in water when off Schouten Island, sank, 18 July 1959. Crew saved in the ship's boat, landed, and after an arduous thirty-mile trek, reached Coles Bay.  [TS2]

Glenaire. Fishing vessel. Involved in rescue - see fishing vessel Hewardia, lost west coast Tasmania, 1989.  [TS2]

Glenda. Motor launch. Parted from her moorings, wrecked on Macquarie Point, Tasmania, September 1957. [TS2]

Glenelg. Steamship. Lost a boat when attempted to assist the crew of the stranded ketch Strathmore  at East Beach, Circular Head, Tasmania, with the loss of the steamer’s first and second officers. [TS1]

Glenloth. Cutter. Built Hobart, 1891; unregistered.  (Named after the winner of the 1891 Melbourne Cup). Lbd 37 x 10.5 x 4.5 ft. Master Peter Stewart Ashore in a gale, wrecked on rocks, under Long Point, on the southern end of Maria Island, Tasmania, mid-January 1901. Two on board saved.   [TS2]

Glenturk. Wooden vessel,71 tons gross. Built at Port Esperance, 1905. Lbd 83.4 x 22.5 x 5.8 and owned by the West Coast Timber Company. Abandoned late 1930s at Strahan. [LH]

Glimpse. Cutter, 18 tons. # 32252. Built at Spring Banks on the Tamar River, 1865; reg. Launceston 6/1865. Master James Smith. Left Wynyard for Launceston  with two crew and three female passengers on 17 October 1866 but failed to arrive.  Wreckage positively identified as coming from her was found between Badger and West Heads, between Port Sorell and Tamar Heads.  It was presumed that she had capsized or run onto an offshore reef after being sailed too close to the shore. All lost. [TS1]

Glutton. Unregistered sealing sloop. Master Peter Stewart. Captured by the notorious bushranger Matthew Brady and his gang, and scuttled, off east coast Tasmania when approached by the Government brif Tamar, late 1825. The gang escaped in the whaleboat Blue Eyed Maid which was being towed, but all were captured, and Brady hanged the following year. [TS1]

Glutton. Ketch, 12 tons. Unregistered.  Being towed from the Forth to the Leven River, Tasmania, by SS Sarah with a cargo of timber, foundered without loss of life. On 21 April 1867, sank off Freshwater Point on the Tamar but was refloated within a fortnight. [TS1]

Golden Tern. Yacht, 12 metre. In heavy seas, wrecked on Allports Beach, Flinders Island, 23 November 1987. Two crew landed safely. [TS2]

Gondwana. Auxiliary ketch-rigged motor fishing vessel, 22/16 tons. # 196987. Built at Triabunna, Tasmania, by master-owner Roy John Downie, 1958; reg. Hobart 4/1959. Lbd 46.0 x 14.5 x 7.4 ft. Apparently foundered off the Maatsuyker Group, Tasmania, August 1962. Captain and deckhand lost. Unsuccessful searches of the sea bottom in the vicinity of Little Sister Island were made by the fisheries research vessel Penghana, without success. [TS2]

Good Intent. Auxiliary ketch, 35/33 tons. # 57592.  Built Port Cygnet, Tasmania, 1877; reg. Melbourne 7/1924. Lbd  65.8 x 17.6 x 5.0 ft. In a gale, parted from her anchors and went ashore, wrecked, Surprise Bay, King Island, 10 May 1928.
On 31 May 1902, under the command of then owner Henry Heather, hit submerged rocks while attempting to get underway from Bicheno.
On 1 August 1902, hit the Kangaroo Pier at Hobart and carried away the bowsprit.
On the night of 18 March 1903,  under master John Glover, very seriously damaged when run down by the SS Anglian off Sandy Bay, Tasmania.   [TS2]
In 1916 under Captain Ralph Taylor, found wreckage, possibly from the lost auxiliart ketch Catherine, 1916. [TS2]

Goomai. Dredge. Brought up a four-by-five metre section of the stern of the steamer Nelson, including the stern post and screw, which then underwent conservation work at the Low Head Pilot Station Museum.. [TS1]

Gordon. Fishing boat, 14 tons. Unregistered. Master W. Bartlett. Parted from her cable whilst laying at anchor in Fortesque Bay, Tasmania, and went onto the rocks, wrecked, 26 June 1891. The two crew were later rescued by the fishing smack Grey Star. [TS1]

Gorilla. See barque Sea Gull. Lost Bass Strait, 1879.  [TS2]

Governor Arthur. Paddle steamer. Involved in salvage and rescue - see ship Wallace, lost D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, 1835. [TS1]
In 1835, attended the wreck of the George III, Tasmania, 1835. [TS1]

Governor Sorell. Schooner,  35 tons. Built at Sarah Island, Macquarie Harbour, in 1823 for the Colonial Government.  Sold to Captain Joseph Watson 1824. Lbd 43 x 13-5  x 6-5 ft. Captain Clementson. Ashore when anchors dragged in a squall, within quarter of a mile from where the Hope had been lost six months earlier, Slopen Island, near Betsey Island, Tasmania, 1827. Crew safe. She had survived a gale in September that considerably damaged her gear, but without repairs, was sent to the whaling station on Slopen Island to collect oil. [TS1],[ASW1]
In 1826, survived a stranding at Twofold Bay.
In 1826, caught in a gale with no one on board and capsized at her moorings in Sydney Harbour.

Governor Wynyard. Schooner, 26 tons. # 32202. Built at Auckland, originally a paddle steamer,1851;  registered at Launceston 16/1854, 5/1859.  She was the first steamer built in New Zealand. From Duck River for Launceston, sprang a leak, which gained on the pumps and eventually forced the master to run for Circular Head; dropped anchor near Stanely but parted her anchor and was swept ashore in strong winds, wrecked, 20 July 1873. She was the first steamer built in New Zealand. Sent to Melbourne during the Gold Rush, then sold to Launceston owners for the Tamar trade.  Her engine was removed in 1858-59 (being fitted into a new hull, the Tamar Maid) and she was refitted as a schooner for the coastal trade. [TS1],[ASR]

Grace Darling. Yacht. Went missing on a trip from Sorell to Peppermint Bay, Tasmania, December 1867. One sailor on baord. [TS1]

Grafton. Iron twin-screw steamship, 553/322 tons. # 32364. Built at Birkenhead UK by John Laird, 1854  as an iron paddle steamer, brig rigged; reg. Dunedin 3/1887, in the name of the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand. Originally, as a paddle-steamer of 316/212 tons, was built for the NSW north coast trade; in 1877 she was converted into a screw steamship by Morts Dock at Sydney. Sold to New Zealand interests in 1878. In 1879 she was lengthened by some thirty feet and fitted with new compound steam engines. Lbd 173.0 x 27.6 x 13.6 ft.  Captain A. G. Morrisby. Aground whilst attempting to enter Hell’s Gates, the entrance to Macquarie Harbour, west coast Tasmania, 12 June 1898.  It was her second attempt to enter the harbour in order to dock at Strahan from Melbourne with passengers and machinery for the Mount Lyell Mining Company. The previous day stern struck and she rolled heavily onto her broadside carrying away the starboard propeller. SS Mahinapua attempted to tow her through the entrance but the tow line broke, and with her fires out, left the Grafton helpless. The forty-six passengers had already transfered to the Mahinapura. Much of the cargo was recovered by a number of smaller vessels. Crew saved. Attempts to refloat the vessel proved unsuccessful.It appears that a considerable quantity of gear, fittings and cargo were recovered before the Grafton finally broke up. [LHG],[TS1]

Great Expectations. Sloop,  9.2-metre. Skipper Graham Baldwin. Having competed in the annual Melbourne to Devonport yacht race, was returning to Melbourne but disappeared, 4 January 1990. Six crew lost. In April 1991 a quantity of personal effects were found in the vicinity of Forster Inlet near Cape Portland, which were positively identified as having belonged to those on board the Great Expectations.  It was then suggested that the vessel had either been hit by a freak wave or had hit rocks in a heavy swell and broken up. [TS2]

Grecian. Coastal vessel. Unregistered. A regular trader on the upper Derwent, Tasmania. In a gale, ashore, probably wrecked, at Half Moon Bay, South Arm, Tasmania, August 1862. In January 1847, a crewman fell overboard and drowned. [TS1]

Grecian Queen. Brig, 178 tons. # 41462. Lbd  93.2 x 21.9 x 13.6 ft. Built at Melbourne, 1857; reg. Melbourne 53/1857.Captain Walsh. Left Newcastle for Melbourne on 27 July 1863 with a argo of coal, and was never seen again. On 28 August a ship’s bowsprit, estimated to have been from a vessel of about 400 tons, and part of a windlass, came ashore at Swan Island, and were found by the lighthouse staff.  She had evidently foundered in Bass Strait with the loss of all hands. On 1 November the crew of the Annie Mellish found further wreckage on Swan Island that was thought to be from the Grecian Queen.  However, this would have more likely have come from the Creole, which was not then known to have been lost. [TS1]

Grey Star. Fishing smack. Involved in rescue - see fishing boat Gordon, lost Tasmania, 1891.

Guadalete. 1865 [TS2]

Guiding Star. Ketch, 49 tons. # 57520. Built at Port Davey, 1871; reg. Hobart 13/1871. Lbd 65.9 x 17.0 x 7.4 ft. Tasmanian east coast trader. Whilst at anchor on the northern side of the Little Swanport River, Tasmania, her cables parted and she was driven ashore, wrecked, 25 April 1880. [TS1]

Guiding Star. Ketch, 16 tons. Unregistered. Engaged in the firewood trade out of Hobart. Converted into a lighter at that port shortly before departing on her final voyage. From Hobart for her new home port of Newcastle, NSW,  dragged ashore at Wineglass Bay, Tasmania, in a north-westerly gale, and appears to have become a total loss, 31 October 1882. [TS1]

Guld. Motor fishing vessel, LFB 424 (VGJ), 36/25 tons. # 178362. Built Ryde, NSW, 1944; reg.  Sydney 19/1947. Lbd  44.6 x 15.6 x 6.4ft. Skipper-owner George Edward Newman. After hitting rocks, foundered near the Mersey Bluff lighthouse, Tasmania, 21 February 1980. Three crew safe.  [TS2]

Gundamair. Fishing vessel, 12 tons, 35ft. Ex Mystery, renamed about 1962. Unregistered. Propeller was fouled by kelpclose inshore at Actaeon Island in the southern D'Entrecasteaux Channel, wrecked on rocks, 27 March 1964.  On 18 March 1960, suffered a fire at Constitution Dock which caused little damage, although a crewman in the forecastle was nearly asphyxiated. [TS2]

Gundiah. Steamer. Involved in collission with auxiliary ketch Shannon, Tasmania, 1928.  [TS2]

Gypsy. Paddle steamer. Collided with the schooner Harriet in Tea Tree reach, Tasmania, 8 or 9 June 1853. Only minor damage. [TS1]
Also listed:
Gypsy. Unlisted type. Involved in salvage - see whaling brig Fox, Tasmanian waters, 1843. [TS1]
Gypsey. Steamer. Took the stricken brig Halcyon in tow to Launceston, August 1849. [ASW1]

H. L. Leslie. Fishing vessel,18ft. Reported to have been lost in Tasmanian waters, 10 June 1960.
Halcyon. Brig, 174 tons. Built Gravelly Beach, Tasmania, 1848. Master Samuel Tulloch. From Adelaide, struck a rock off Low Head when entering the Tamar, 13 or 14 August 1849. She was taken in tow by the steamer Gypsey and docked at Launceston for repairs. While being repaired her masts were shortened and she was completely re-rigged. [ASW1]

Halley Bayley. Stood by the stricken barque Wynaud, Launceston, 1874.

Happy Jack. Cutter.  Reg. Hobart 4/1875. Driven ashore at North-West Bay, Tasmania, 26 September 1858.1858. (Same time and place as cutter Diligence). Was recovered.
On 25 April 1871,  survived a collision with the ketch Esperance Packet off Sandy Bay, Tasmania. Later renamed Sea Bird before being sold to Port Adelaide owners in 1876. [TS1],[TS2]

Hargraves. (Hargreaves). Brigantine, 171 tons. # 32210. Built at Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 1838; reg. Hobart 28/1857. Lbd 103.4 x 24.4 x 10.5 ft. Captain A. Griggs. From Hobart for Port Albert, where she was to load cattle, ran ashore on the northern side of Eddystone Point, Tasmania, wrecked, 9 October 1863. Schooner Robert Burns to recovered much of the vessel’s gear and fittings. [TS1],[LPA - lists as Hargreaves]

Hariette Nathan. Barque, 113 tons. Built 1844; reg Hobart Town. Lost prior to 1874. [ASR]

Harlech Castle. Iron ship, 1112 tons. Built at Liverpool, UK, 1870; reg. at Liverpool, UK. Lbd 210.6 x 34.4 x 21.7ft. Captain Hugh Davies. Disappeared after sailing from Melbourne for Newcastle in ballast on 26 June 1870 with a crew of twenty-two.  Captain Clark of the schooner Alcandre saw what he believed to be the Harlech Castle; the vessels separated separated in gales some sixty miles south of Cape Howe . Later Captain Anthony of the barque Summer Cloud reported passing the capsized hull of a large ship sixty miles north-east of the Hogan Group on 21 July. The Victorian Government sent their s.s. Pharos to search the Victorian coast and the Bass Straits islands for traces of the missing vessels, but found very little. [TS1]

Harriett. Schooner,  45 tons. Built at Pittwater, Tasmania, 1848; reg. Hobart, 38/1848. Lbd 51.0 x 16.5 x 7.4 ft. Captain John Richard Williams. Sailed from Geelong for Hobart on 13 November 1848 with 200 sheep but failed to arrive.  Last seen close inshore off Cape Schank, she presumably foundered in Bass Strait or off the east coast Tasmania, as no trace was ever found. [TS1],[ASW1]

Harriet. Schooner. Dragged her anchors and driven on to the bar at Little Swanport, tasmania, August 1849. [ASW1]
Bateson notes that one report indicates she was beached in Taylors Bay, Bruny Island, and burnt to recover her copper bolts.

Harriet. Schooner. Unregistered. Previously owned by the Tasmanian Government, and employed as a tender between Hobart and Port Arthur for some years.  Ashore  at Taylor’s Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, November 1878.  Later refloated and repaired, and spent the rest of her career in the river trade. [TS1]
On 8 or 9 June 1853, collided with the paddle steamer Gypsy in Tea Tree Reach, Tasmania, with only minor damage. [TS1]
In 1861, involved in rescue - see barque Don Pedro II, lost Tasmanian waters.  [TS1]

Harriette Nathan. Brigantine, 113 tons. # 31951 Built at Hobart, 1844; reg. Hobart 9/1867. Ltd 81.7 x 21.3 x 9.3 ft. Sailed from Hokitika, New Zealand for Hobart on 6 April 1868 but failed to arrive.  She may have foundered in severe gales that lashed the Tasmanian coast while she was approaching her destination, but no trace of the vessel was ever found. [TS1]

Harrion. Fishing vessel, 30ft. Sprang a plank, sank, when about eight miles off Mersey Heads, north coast Tasmania, 13 March 1957. Two crew saved. [TS2]

Harry O’May. Hong Kong car ferry purchased by the Tasmanian Government in 1975 and converted to carry passengers.  After service on the Derwent it transferred to the Bruny Island run, replacing the Melba. [LH]

Harry Wood. Ketch, 35 gross. # 78061. Built West Devonport, Tasmania, 1878; reg. Hobart, 1/1896.  Lbd 59.5 x 17.6 x 5.8 ft. Captain Wright. From Rheban, east coast Tasmania, with timber for Hobart, ashore, wrecked, between Yellow Bluff and Watson’s Bluff, 5 May 1916. Three crew saved.
On 7 August 1878, stranded on the West Bank of the Tamar River, little damage.
On 3 August 1880, under Captain A. Logan, stranded at Circular Head, north-west Tasmania.
In February 1882, run down and sunk by the barque Glaslyn at Port Phillip Heads.
On 20 June 1901, under Captain Robert J. Blackwood, dragged her anchors in a gale and went ashore at Swansea, east coast Tasmania.
In June 1905, stranded at Fortesque Bay, Tasmania. [TS2]

Harvest Home. Fishing vessel, 9 tons, 34.4 ft. Unregistered. Sank at Bicheno, Tasmaniaa, June 1964.  [TS2]

Hastings. Steamer, 16/6 tons. # 57597. Built at Southport, 1878;  reg. Hobart 1/1879. Lbd  59.0 x 12.6 x 6.0 ft. Register closed in 1898 with the comment ‘destroyed by fire at Hastings in 1888'. [TS1]

Hawk. Schooner, 116 tons. Built at Montrose, Scotland, 1827; reg. Port Adelaide, 3/1844. Lbd 70.5 x 18.3 x 10.6 ft. Captain Morris. Cleared Tamar Heads for Melbourne but within two hours was found to have sprung a leak, and after atempting to run to Port Sorell, was abandoned beefore she sank, 10 January 1855. [TS1],[LPA]

Hazard. Ketch, 25 gross. # 40912. Built at Brisbane Water, NSW, 1851; reg. Sydney 39/1851, Launceston 5/1898.  Lbd 51.0 x 15.4 x 5.6 ft. Master C. Hinds. Cleared Tamar Heads on a voyage to the west coast Tasmania, run ashore in a sinking condition near Smith’s Boat Harbour. All hands landed safely, but the vessel became a total wreck,19 May 1908.  [TS2],[LPA]
On or about 6 October 1879, sank after a collision with the brigantine Rachel Cohen, Port Phillip Bay.
On 27 September 1889,  capsized in a gale between Werribee and Portarlington, drowning one of the crew.
On 13 January 1904, under master James A. Dargaville, dragged her anchors and stranded at Badger Corner on Flinders Island.

Heather Anne. See yacht San Michelle.  [TS2]

Heather B. Fishing vessel, steel, 54/29 tons. # 355492. Built St. Helens, 1975;  Launceston 1/1976. Lbd 15.15 x 5.4 x 2.71 metres. Sank near Cape Portland, Tasmania, 20 January 1990. [TS2]

Heather Belle. Steam launch. Involved in rescue - see steamer Esk, Tasmania, 1886.

Heather Belle. Ketch. Involved in rescue - see ketch Sistrs, lost Tasmania, 1914. [TS2]

Heather Belle. Fishing vessel. Master F. M. Palmer. Wrecked Granville Harbour, Tasmania, 15 May 1969. Two crew saved. [TS2]

Hebe. Full-rigged ship, 250 tons. Built at Chittagong, India, 1804. Captain Joseph Leigh. From Madras to Sydney; while approaching Tamar Heads, north coast Tasmania (Port Dalrymple), ran onto a reef between Low and West Heads, and thus gave her name to one of Tasmania’s most notorious shipping hazards, 15 June 1806. One crew drowned. The rest reached Sydney on board the Estramina on 11 October. [TS1],[ASW1]

Hebe. Motor launchgame fishing vesselL.F.B. No. 5 (TN4), 9 tons, 35.5ft. Aground on Slopen Island, Tasmania, after her engine failed, 11 October 1971.  Five on board landed safely on the island. [TS2]

Helen. Brig, 109 tons. Built at Port Arthur, 1849; reg. Hobart, 31/1849. Lbd 73.4 x 18.5 x 10.4 ft. Captain  Clarkson Harrison. From Melbourne to Hobart, swept on to rocks in a gale at Prossers Bay, Tasmania, 14 July 1852. All hands saved.  [TS1]

Helen. Schooner, 39 tons. # 31840. Built at Long Bay, D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, 1851; reg.  Launceston 2/1871. Lbd 55.2 x 15.2 x 7.3 ft. Stranded at Don Heads, Tasmania, 22 April 1873. She was written off as a total loss but rebuilt into the schooner Isabel, later lost off the Hunter group, western Bass Strait, 1894.

Helen. Fishing boat, 44 ft. Unregistered . Master-owner L. Markey. Carried ashore by strong winds at Three Hummock Island, 8 July 1960. Crew safe.  [TS2]

Helen J. Motor fishing vessel, LFB No. 221 (TF8),  20 tons. Lbd 49.6 x 12.7 x 6.6 ft. Skipper John Fee. Broke up in heavy weather off the Pieman River on the west coast Tasmania, 9 January 1997. The skipper and deckhand drowned. The master's 14-year-old son managed to reach shore near the Conical Rocks, and was rescued by the fishing boat Eastern Star (qv, later to be lost nearby with all hands).   [TS2]

Helen Marquis. Schooner, 128 tons. # 71771. Built at Port Adelaide, 1875, reg. Port Adelaide 28/1875. Lbd 98.1 x 25.5 x 7.5 ft. Captain W. Whitemore. From Port Adelaide for the Mersey River,  unfavourable conditions prevented entry, so the master decided to anchor off the Don however , the vessel dragged both anchors and stranded on the reef , wrecked, at the eastern side of Don Heads, 6 July 1883. All hands landed safely. [TS1]

Helen Stewart. Barque, 380 tons. Built at Sunderland, UK, 1848. Lbd 111.0 x 26.3 x 17.0ft. Captain Park. Near the end of a jouney from London to Launceston, stranded about two lengths from Yellow Rock Buoy whilst waiting for the pilot who could not board due to heavy seas, 24 March 1856. She floated free and was beached at the upper end of Lagoon Bay Beach to prevent her from sinking. After offloading her cargo with the assistance of the paddlesteamer tug Tamar, which towed the schooner Dobsons and brig Gazelle to act as lighters, the barque was refloated with the assistance of the brigs Watchful and Valiant, and beached at Queen’s Wharf, Launceston. She was beyond repair, and hulked in November. [TS1]

Helen White. Barque, 285 tons. # 43651. Built at Sunderland, 1863; reg. Port Adelaide 7/1873. Lbd 108.9 x 26.5 x 16.1 ft. Captain C. E. Hoskin. Left  Newcastle for Port Adelaide with coal on 27 May 1882 but failed to arrive. She may have been wrecked on one of the Bass Straits Islands. The Victorian Government sent the SS Despatch to conduct a thorough search, but no trace was ever found. [TS1]

Helian. Motor fishing vessel, approx. 109 tons. # 851280. Built Sydney, 1945. Lbd 75.1 x 18.0 x 7.2 ft. One of 22 General Purpose Vessels built as the GPV 947 to GPV 968 by the Green Point Naval Shipyard for naval service during the Second World (most were not finished until after hostilities ceased). Skipper John Clintonran. Aground on Tenth or Barrenjoey Island, 18 kilometres north-east of Tamar Heads, caught fire due to an electrical short-circuit, sank, 15 March 1993. Crew saved.  [TS2]

Henrietta. Half-decked schooner, 10 tons. Built at Battery Point, Hobart, 1873; unregistered.  Master-owner Michael OÆBrien From The Snug to Hobart when she sank between Brown’s River and Gellibrand’s Point, 23 April 1874. Captain and the one other crew drowned.See also listing for Eclipse. [TS1]

Henrietta Packet. The first seagoing vessel built in Tasmania. Later lengthened and renamed Young Lachlan (qv). [TS1]

Henry. Brig, 145 tons. Built at a time and place unknown (unofficially at Majorca) and seized for slavery at Sierra Leone in 1833.  Registered at Launceston, 4/1844. Lbd 74-4 x 21-8 x 9-9 ft.  Captain Alfred Thomas Farley. From Launceston for Port Adelaide, stranded near Symmonds Mistake, Tamar Heads, Tasmania, on or about 4 September 1848. All hands saved. She was eventually refloated and towed up to Launceston, where attempts to sell her at auction failed; broken up at Market Wharf. [TS1],[LPA]

Henry Moss. Steam tug. 36/25 tons. # 95977. Built Melbourne,1890; last registered at Melbourne. Lbd 60.9 x 13.4 x 6.5 ft.In 1934 she was sold to the Methodist Mission at Port Adelaide and served as a fishing vessel for the rest of her career. renamed Pandora (qv), lost Tasmania, 1962. [TS2]

Herbert. Coastal steamer.
Involved in rescue - see steamship Southern Cross, lost Tasmania, 1889.
Struck the fishing ketch Emu whilst the latter was at anchor at Native Point, Tasmania, 1902.  [TS2]

Hero. Ketch, 31 gross. #  57538. Built at Southport, Tasmania, 1873; reg. Hobart 12/1873.  Lbd 64.8 x 16.8 x 5.0 ft. Owner-master Herbert Bell.  Drifted ashore at Ramsgate, at the mouth of the Catamaran Creek, Tasmania, wrecked, 28 July 1903. Crew saved.
On 2 October 1884, capsized and sunk off Oyster Cove Point, Tasmania. Crew saved by the SS Minx, which towed the ketch into Oyster Cove, where she was later righted. [TS2]

Hetty. Schooner, 107 tons. Built at a time and place unknown, having been condemned as a prize at Bermuda in 1813. Lbd 65-6 x 20-1 x 10-7 ft. Register closed with the comment ‘lost 1844', although there is no trace of any movements for the vessel after her arrival at Hobart from Port Phillip on 4 November 1838.  The schooner may have come to grief while involved in the carriage of coal from Tasman Peninsula.  It is equally possible that she was simply abandoned and broken up. [TS1]

Hewardia. Fibreglass crayboat, 31 tons. Built 1978. Lbd 14.63 x 4.48 x 2.46 metres. Skipper- owner Brian Colenso Wareham. Impaled itself on a rock close inshore at Point Hibbs, west coast Tasmania, mid 1989. Vessel abandoned, crew saved with assistance from  fishing vessels Glenaire and William Norling II . [TS2]

Holly. Auxiliary cutter-rigged motor fishing vessel, LFB No. 48 (T59), 17 tons. Built 1906. Lbd  41.0 x 12.2 x 6.2 ft. Caught fire and was damaged beyond repair,Triabunna, Tasmania, 11 August 1977.  [TS2]

Hope. Barque, 231 tons. Built at Venice; owned by a Mr. Askew of London. Captain Cunningham. From Sydney to Hobart, whilst under control of the pilot, ashore on the low sandy beach that now bears her name at the south-western end of South Arm, entrance to the Derwent, Tasmania, 28 April 1827. All saved. The sloop Recovery was charted to assist, but by the time she arrived on the scene the Hope was a total wreck. The wreck was purchased at auction by Captain John Laughton (late of the wrecked Apollo), however he drowned when inspecting the wrecksite. An unsubstantiated rumour exists that here is £30,000 in silver coin,  stolen and hidden by two guards bringing it to Hobart as pay for the garrison.  [TS1],[NH],[ASW1],[LAH]
Noble adds:
Not long afterwards the soldiers were sent to India; one died there and the other was subsequently returned to England. These two men were suspcted of having cashed the money.

Hope. Cutter, 13 tons. Built at Launceston; reg. Launceston 2/1842. Lbd 31.5 x 11.0 x 4.7ft. Captain Nicholson.Ashore, wrecked, at Round Hill, on the eastern side of Emu Bay, Tasmania, 4 April 1848. All hands and cargo saved. On 29 January 1843, stranded on Barrel Rock near Tamar Heads and suffered considerable damage. [TS1]

Hope. Cutter, 15 tons. Unregistered. Master George Begent. Sailed from the Don River for Launceston with coal; foundered off Badger Head, Tasmania, 7 November 1863. Cutter Mountaineer, picked up the two crew. [TS1]

Hope. Fishing cutter. Unregistered. Parted her moorings at the southern end of Conical Rocks, near Pieman Heads, northern west coast Tasmania during a gale, ashore, wrecked, 25 January 1895. Crew of two saved. [TS1]
In 1891, involved in rescue - see ketch Gleaner, lost Tasmania, 1891.

Hope. Fishing boat. Wrecked on the outer end of the Mersey, Tasmania, 1906. Single occupant drowned.
On 1 October 1897, capsized in a gale off Penguin, Tasmania.
Boxham and Nash suggest she does not appear to be connected with the Hope wrecked at Conical Rocks in 1895. [TS2]

Hopetoun. River steamer, 80 tons. Built 1878, rebuilt Hobart 1902. Broken up at Mount Direction, Tasmania. Reg closed sept 1949. [ASR],[TS2]

Hoppet. Russian barque. Collided with the auxiliary ketch Catherine at thge Hobart wharves.  [TS2]

Humber. Schooner,  47 tons. Lbd 57.8 x 14.1 x 7.3 ft. Built at Perch Bay, Tasmania, 1841; reg. Hobart.  Captain Thomas Stephenson. From Port Arthur to Hobart, did not arrive; no trace was ever found, 1842.  She probably foundered in Storm Bay during heavy gales. [TS1]

Hunter. Built at McMahons Point, Sydney, 1945. Ex Pee Bee. Wrecked.

Huon. Twin-screw steamship, 69/47 tons. # 57607. Built Port Cygnet, Tasmania, 1882; reg. Hobart  5/1883, 13/1913. Lbd 93.5 x 17.1 x 6.4 ft. Master-owner Walter Mackay. Lengthened in 1891, lbd 108.6 x 17.1 x 6.4 ft. In 1903 converted to single-screw propulsion. New steam engines were fitted and in 1913, her tonnages being altered to 73/33 tons. This conversion was not a success, and the Huon was refitted with her former steam engine and continued in service as such until April 1921, when she was dismantled and her steam engine fitted to the new cargo steamer Melba.  Later in the year the Huon was sold to her final owner, who refitted her as a motor vessel for the timber trade. Captain Mackay. In a gale driven ashore on Fossil Island, Tasmania, wrecked,  5 June 1923.
In January 1900, colided with the steamer Victoria.
On 4 December 1902, collided with the vessel Beautiful Star.
In August 1904,  stranding at One Tree Point, Tasmania.
In December 1904, hit Back Rock on the Huon River.
In 1907, collided with the vessel Ivy.
In January 1911, hit another reef on the Huon.
On 23 April 1914, rolled onto her side almost without warning, and sank in 17 fathoms of water about half a mile off Robert's Point. The nearby motor vessel Excella rescued 14 of her complement, but two women and a boy were drowned.  The sunken vessel was later located and raised without great difficulty early in June, and soon re-entered service. [TS2]

Huon Chief. Ketch. Assisted in raising the ketch Mystery, near South Arm, Tasmania, 1926. [TS2]

Huon Pine. Ketch, 22 gross. # 32147. Built Port Davey, 1839; reg. Hobart 4/1866, 2/1889.  Lbd 61.0 x 14.7 x 4.0 ft. Originally built for Lady Jane Franklin, wife of the then V.D.L. Governor, Sir John Franklin, to service a model settlement she had developed on the Huon River.  The Huon Pine was not registered until 1866, when measured as 21 gross,  lbd 57.5 x 13.5 x 3.9ft., then was remeasured in 1876 as 20 grt, 57.8 x 14.4 x 3.9 ft.   In 1889 Robert Inches rebuilt the Huon Pine at Battery Point, fitting a new, more modern bow and stern, with her final tonnage and dimensions. Master-owner Walter Mackay. While attempting to avoid Black Jack Reef, drifted ashore on Hope Beach, Tasmania, wrecked, 21 April 1925.  Crew saved. [TS1][TS2]
In October 1841, capsized with the loss of a life.
In November 1878, stranded (sank?) at Taylor's Bay, Bruny Island.
In 1903, under master William Bradley, collided with the ketch Mary Ann on the Derwent.
On 26 October 1905,  hit a whale off Southport Island without being damaged, although how the whale fared is not reported.

I Don’t Know. Two masted schooner, 76 tons. Built Bay of Islands, NZ, 1843; reg. Bay of Islands 4/1843, transfered to Sydney 14 August 55/1845, to Hobart 5 May 15/1847, 14/1848. Lbd 57.1 x 8.3 x 9.9 ft. Master Thomas Griffiths. On 21 Februaary 1850, sailed from Hobart for San Franscisco with nine passengers for the goldfields but ws never seen again. She is assumed to have been wrecked or foundered in the South Seas. [ASW1]

Ida. Coastal schooner, 10 tons. Unregistered. Master-owner Fenton. Ashore between Little Forester River and Sandy Cliffs, Tasmania, 24 August 1871. All saved.

Ilyka. Motor launch, 25ft. Built Tasmania, 1940; unregistered.  Master-owner Bertram Miller. Returning from Bell Bay to Beauty Point, Tasmania, exploded in flames, 13 May 1954. Master, the sole crew, saved.  [TS2]

Imlay Star. Motor fishing vessel, 20/13 tons. # 615409. Built at Eden, NSW, 1962; reg. Sydney 36/1963. Lbd 35.83 x 12.7 x 3.75ft. Skipper-owner Peter White. On fire, sank, between South East Cape and Pedra Branca, Tasmania, 18 September 1990. [TS2]

Independent. Schooner, 33 tons. Built at Great Swanport, 1832; reg. Hobart, 3/1833. Lbd  43 x 13-9 x 11-6 ft. Broxham and Nash recognise depth as incorrect. The last trace of this vessel is an advertisement for sale in 1843; she does not appear to be the same as a 20-ton schooner Independence in the river trade between the 1840s and 1870s.  [TS1]

Indignant. Steamship, 69/48 tons. # 83665. Built at Berry’s Bay, North Sydney, 1881; reg. Launceston 7/1883, 4/1888.  Lbd 84.4 x 16.5 x 6.3 ft.  Master Edward Tynan. Caught fire when tied up at the George Town jetty;  the mooring lines were cut to at least save the wharf, and the doomed steamer drifted onto a sandbank where she burned to the waterline and sank, 10 October 1893. Although the Indignant was a total loss, the engine was salvaged, rebuilt and later fitted into the new river steamer Agnes. [TS1],[ASR]

Industry. Cutter, 38 tons.Built at Hobart, 1829; reg. Hobart 37/1845. Master Charles Ide. Lbd 41- 5 x 15-7 x 6-10 ft. On a voyage from Spring Bay to Hobart, wrecked on Lachlan Island, in the Mercury Passage between Maria Island and the Tasmanian mainland, 20 September 1848. All hands landed safely. [TS1]

Industry. Schooner, 17 tons. Lbd 35-10 x 10-7 x 5 ft. Built at Macquarie Harbour by and for the Colonial Government, 1832; reg. Hobart,  8/1833, 9/1840.  There is no definite trace of this vessel from any source after Walter Allovray was appointed master on 29 May 1843.  [TS1]

Industry. Schooner, 18 tons. # 32062. Built at Ralph’s Bay, Tasmania, 1847; reg. Hobart 3/1853. Lbd  35.8 x 12.3 x 5.4ft  The Industry is last noted inward bound from Bruny Island with firewood on 4 March 1865. Deleted from register 30 June 1872. [TS1],[ASR]

Inez. Fishing vessel, LFB No. 387 (T84), 13 tons. Possibly built around 1890 as a 21ft. waterline class racing yacht. Lbd 45.0 x 11.0 x 5.2 ft.  Ran aground on Waterhouse Island, Tasmania, and became a total loss, 28 February 1983. [TS2]
On 9 June 1936, collided with and sank the fishing boat Secret, about a mile from Green Island in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, 9 June 1936.  Two crew from Secret picked up by the Inez, which was damaged but made Hobart.  [TS2]

Ione. Motor launch. Built Launceston, 1887; unregistered. Lb 45 x 8-6 ft.  Washed from her moorings near the entrance to the Cataract , Launceston, and sent end-over-end during devastating floods in the Launceston, Tamar River basin, April 1929.  [TS2]

Ira. Coastal schooner, 16 tons. # 32192. Built at Poverty Bay, New Zealand, 1847; registered at Launceston 11/1853, 9/1854. Lbd 34.7 x 11.0 x 5.8 ft. Captain Reid. Left Launceston for Clarke Island on 4 January 1868; ran into heavy weather and lost her foremast before drifting ashore on Twenty Day Island and becoming a total wreck.  Two hands saved. [TS1]

Iris. Schooner, 50 tons. # 31930. Built at West Arm, River Tamar, Tasmania, 1853; reg. Launceston 19/1853. Lbd 63.5 x 15.2 x 7.6 ft. Captain Glover. Wrecked in rising winds when she drifted stern first onto the rocks at Bicheno, Tasmania, 4 February 1859. [TS1]

Iris. Barquentine, 201/192 tons. #  73304. Built at Fremantle, WA, 1879; reg. Melbourne 9/1913. Lbd 116.75 x 22.7 x 10.3 ft. Part-owner Captain L. G. Atwell. From Port Adelaide in ballast for the Duck River, Tasmania, stranded on the western side of the river, wrecked, 4 June 1914.  The coastal steamer Toroa was sent to refloat her, but by the time she arrived the barquentine was a total wreck. She was dismantled where she lay. [TS2]

Iron Baron. Steel motor ship, bulk carrier, 37557 gross. # 853686. Built by the Kurishima Dockyards Co. at Ohnishi, Japan, 1985. Lbd 188.00 x 28.00 x 15.40 metres. Under long-term lease to Broken Hill Propriety Transport. Having hit Hebe Reef off Tamar Heads, Tasmania, on 10 July 1995, was towed to 100 kilometres north-east of Flinders Island and scuttled in deep water, 30 July 1995. She had left Port Kembla for Bell Bay with a cargo of manganese ore, but went aground soon after the pilot arrived and noticed she was off course. The rocks punctured her fuel tanks, resulting in severe pollution of the beaches immediately west of Tamar Heads, and there were strong protests on environmental grounds against her being towed into the Tamar. [TS2]

Isabel. Schooner, 44 tons. # 61064. Built at the Don River, 1874; reg. Launceston 2/1874. Lbd 65.3 x 16.0 x 7.0 ft Built from the wreck of the schooner Helen (qv), stranded at Don Heads, Tasmania, 22 April 1873. Captain Williams. Sailed from Ulverstone for Melbourne with a cargo of timber and oats; sprang a severe leak while north-east of the Hummock Island, Hunter Group, western Bass Strait, and sank, 27 October 1894. Crew of three saved. [TS1],[ASR]

Isabella. Government schooner. Reg Hobart, 20/1845
Broxham and Nash report:
“Echoes of the Past”, an old publication on King Island shipwrecks, states that the Government schooner Isabella was wrecked on King Island in July 1845 without loss of life.  This appears to be a confused account of the wreck of the Isabella lost on King Island in 1840 with that of the former V.D.L. Government brig Isabella, which was wrecked at Port Albert, Victoria, in July 1845 during her first commercial voyage. [TS1]
Also listed:
Isabella. Brig, 195 tons. Built 1844; reg Hobart Town. Lost prior to 1874. [ASR]

Isabella. Schooner, 20 tons. Unregistered. Timber-trader on the Tamar in 1850 before entering the coastal trade. Master/owner Thomas Connor. Capsized off Badger Head, Tasmania, 8 July 1851. Next day it was found aground between West and Badger Heads, the hull parted amidships and the rigging and cargo spread along the beach. Crew saved. [TS1]

Isle of France. Barque, 312 tons. # 19717. Built at Sunderland, UK, 1853; reg. Hobart 5/1871. Lbd 124.5 x 25.6 x 14.6 ft. Captain W. Le Brante. From Port Esperance to Port Adelaide with timber, ran aground on a reef off Eddystone Point, north-east Tasmania, wrecked, 30 October 1877. Crew reached
Wrecksite identified by an anchor and other items found by an abalone diver between Eddystone Point and Victoria Rock. [TS1]

Ismeralda. (Officially the Cape Portland). Auxiliary motor cray fishing vessel, 4 tons, 26 ft. Built1948, 1950 or 1953; unregistered. Skipper Trevor Foster. Disappeared having left Cape Portland, Tasmania, on 21 March 1975. The boat was located sunk in shallow water off Cape Portland, but despite extensive searches, no trace of her master, her sole crew, was ever found.  It would appear likely that he had fallen overboard and drowned while lifting pots. [TS2]

Isola. Barque. See Jessie Craig.  [TS2]

Ivy. Half-decked yacht. Capsized off Cartwrights Point on the River Derwent, Tasmania, during a gale, 11 November 1897. Crew of two rescued. [TS1]

Ivy. Collided with steamer Huon, Tasmania, 1907. [TS2]

Ivymotor. Fishing vessel, LFB No. 9 (TM1), 4 tons. Built 1948. Lbd 21.2 x 7.6 x 4.0 ft. Sank, Tasmanian waters, 26 May 1975. [TS2]

J. B. Hayes. Motor launch. Unregistered. From North Jetty to Miena on Great Lake, Tasmania, with a cargo of cement, struck a snag in bad weather, beached, and probably lost. [TS2]

J.H.Astell. Iron steamship, suction hopper dredge, 537 tons. Built 1892 as the Jupiter; unregistered. Her hulk was scuttled about 28 miles off Low Head, Tasmania, 19 April 1968. [TS2]

Jaidee. Abalone boat, 5.5 tons, 26ft. Unregistered. Wrecked ashore on Actaeon Island, Tasmania, 6 December 1964. Crew of four landed safely.  [TS2]

James. Coastal vessel. Ashore in a major storm, south of Hobart, August 1861. Recovered. [TS1]

James Gibson. Cutter, 16 tons. Built at Circular Head, Tasmania, 1841; reg. Launceston, 1/1842. Lbd 34.8 x 11.3 x 5.3 ft. Master John Jacobs. Loading potatoes at Emu Bay, Tasmania, when driven onto rocks by a gale and sank,  15 June 1844. All hands saved. An attempt at salvage was thwarted by a gale. [TS1]

James Lucas. Sloop-rigged, ‘decked lighter’. Built at Sarah Island, Macquarie Harbour by convict labour, in 1825 or 1826. Sailing with a crew of six prisoners, and in company with the schooner- rigged launch Porpoise out of Macquarie Harbour for Hobart, drifted ashore in heavy weather on Tasman Head, south end of Bruny island, where the crew of five landed with much difficulty, 5 May 1829. [TS1],[ASW1]

James Munro. Ship, 450 ton. Captain John Hayle. Abandoned when she fell in with a calm off the eastern side of Tasman Peninsula; caught in the current and swell, she drifted stern first into the cliffs, tearing off the rudder, soon after sinking, 8 April 1850. [TS1],[ASW1]

James Munroe.  1850. Full-rigged ship,  424 U.S. tons, former American whaler. Made her first whaling voyage out of Hudson, New York in 1833.  [TS2]

James Wallace. Originally a steel steam tug, 188/36 tons. # 151990. Built Port Glasgow, 1924; reg. Sydney 12/1924, Launceston 1/1933, 4/1948. Lbd 109.0 x 23.6 x 9.7ft. The hull of the former tug, having been stripped of all items of value, was scuttled off Hebe Reef near Tamar Heads, 12 January 1971.

James William. Motor fishing vessel, 23 tons, 35 ft. Built 1947; unregistered. Skipper-owner Owen Edward Shrive. Hit by a freak wave.east coast of King Island,13 August 1970. Later dismantled. In March 1948, ashore at Point Lonsdale, Port Phillip Heads. [DG]  [TS2]

Jane. Schooner, 35 tons. Built at Falmouth, Tasmania, 1834; reg. Hobart, 16/1834. Lbd  45-4 x 13-9 x 6-2 ft. Captain William Green. Stranded on the bar at the entrance to St. Helens harbour, George’s Bay, Tasmania, 5 September 1834. Although an attamept was made to salvage the schooner, she presumably sank into the sand and went to pieces, thus becoming the first vessel to be lost on the notorious St. Helens Bar. [TS1]

Jane. Schooner, 16 tons. Built at Compton Ferry, Tasmania, 1842; reg. Hobart 25/1842, 25/1853. Lbd 35.5 x 10.5 x 5.6ft. Sunk off Kelly’s Point, Tasmania, and was auctioned as a wreck.  She does not appear to have been trading after 1858. [TS1]

Jane Anderson. Brig, 275 tons. Lbd 96.2 22.7 x 15.3 ft. Built at Londonderry, Nova Scotia, 1841; reg.  Melbourne, 104/1853. Captain McDonald.  Sailed from Peppermint Bay for Melbourne with timber;  struck a rock off Eddystone Point, beached at Mussel Roe Bay, Tasmania, about eight miles from where she struck. The barque Glencoe took off the two passengers and continued on her way, while the crew of nine remained to save a few items before the brig broke up. [TS1]

Jane & Elizabeth. Schooner, 19 tons. # 32201. Built at the Forth, Tasmania, 1851; reg. Launceston 2/1851, 15/1864. Lbd 43.0 x 14.2 x 5.8 ft. Master/owner Andrew Sorenson. Wrecked off Tamar Heads, north coast Tasmania, while inward bound from Circular Head, 17 April 1867. All three crew and seven passengers lost. She was believed to have hit either Hebe or Black Reef during a gale. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash add:
The Jane & Elizabeth’s register had previously been closed on 1 January 1857, when she was reported to have been wrecked at Point Nepean at Port Phillip Heads.  It was promptly reopened, presumably with no little embarrassment, when it was learned that the lost vessel was in fact the schooner Jane Elizabeth of Hobart.

Jane Elizabeth. Schooner. Involved in rescue - see barque Sea Breeze, lost Tasmania, 1864.

Jane Porter. Iron three-masted barque, 953 tons. . # 28835. Built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast, 1860; reg. London. Lbd 200.6 x 31.8 x 21.1 ft. Captain Jach. Left Port Germein, South Australia on 2 April 1890 for London but was not seen again. On 4 July a buoy with the name ‘Jane Porter, Belfast’ was picked up off St. Patrick’s Head, Tasmania (north-east coast between St. Helens and Bicheno) by Captain Llotd of the ketch Coral during a voyage from the River Leven to Launceston. A quantity of wreckage resembling ship’s planking was also seen off the eastern coastline of Tasmania, giving rise to speculation that the barque was lost in the Tasman Sea.. [ASW6],[TS1]

Janice. Cutter-rigged auxiliary motor fishing vessel, LFB No. 92 (TBN), 9/6 tons. # 152403. Registered as the Janice Marlene. Built Launceston 1929: reg. Launceston 1/1951. Lbd 30.5 x 9.95 x 3.85 ft. Skipper-owner George Ross. Aground on Shear Reef off Tamar Heads, Tasmania;  washed off the reef and sank during attempted salvage operations, 21 September 1972. [TS2]

Janice R. Motor fishing vessel, LFB No.575 (TW6), 6 tons, 27 ft. Built about 1902. Destroyed in a gale, Bicheno, Tasmania, 25 March 1972.  [TS2]

Jansue. Fishing vessel, 7 tons, 30 ft. Lost off Flinders Island, March 1963.  [TS2]

Jason. Motor fishing vessel, 5 tons, 27.5 ft.  Built before 1952; unregistered. Ex Dora Dale, renamed 1960. Sank off Bicheno, Tasmania, on or about 25 November 1968. [TS2]

Jean. Vessel type not recorded. Wrecked on the bar of the George River, east coast Tasmania, 6 September 1834. Three men were drowned when they swam back to the vessel. [ASW1]
Bateson indicates that it was hoped that the vessel would be salvaged. In light of the fact that Broxam and Nash do not list it, it may be presumed that the vessel was recovered.

Jennifer Hardy. Auxiliary motor fishing vessel, 22/15 tons. # 196993. Built Triabunna, 1959; reg.  Hobart 2/1960. Lbd 10.3 x 4.1 x 1.61 metres. Skipper-owner Derek Freeman. Sank two miles south of Telopea Point, Tasmania,  25 August 1994. Although the deckhand Nick Whelan, had been washed overboard when a heavy swell crashed on deck, he was rescued prior to the vessel sinking. All crew then saved by the fishing boat Southern Cross. Tragically, Whelan was lost a few months later when the fishing boat Red Baron (qv) went down.   [TS2]

Jenny D. Fishing vessel, L.F.B.No.167 (RCO), 10 tons. Lbd 31.1 x 10.6 x 5.0 ft. Skipper-owner Barry R. Lowe. Wrecked ashore on Picnic Point, north-east Tamar, Tasmania, 11 April 1974. [TS2]

Jessie Craig. Barque, 661/640 tons. # 73861. Built at Govan, Scotland, 1876; last registered at Melbourne 5/1914, Union Steamship Co. of N.Z. Ltd.  Ex Isola, ex Elsa, ex Isola. Lbd 180.0 x 30.7 x 17.7 ft. Ended her operational days as a coal hulk. Donated to the Tasmanian Government for use as a breakwater for fishing vessels at New Harbour on the far south coast, towed to her final resting point by the tug Boyer, May 1953.  Loaded with 150 tons of stone, she was sunk with her stern in eighteen feet; she soon broke up. [TS2]

Jessie Niccol. Schooner,  93 gross. # 57834. Built North Shore, Auckland, NZ, 1872; reg. Wellington, 10/1894. Lbd 82.4 x 21.2 x 8.5 ft. Captain J. O. Holmes. Sailed from Invercargill, NZ, for Macquarie Island on 8 December 1910 carrying a gang of ten sealers with provisions for a six-month season, arriving off the Nuggets on 18 December 1910. Dragged her anchors in a gale, struck, stern first, and carried away her rudder, capsized and carried away with three men who drowned, the master, chief mate and cook. An inquiry concluded that the principle cause of the wreck was the dangerous nature of the coast. [TS2]

Jet. Schooner, 70 tons. # 32175. Built at Bremen, Germany, 1849, as the Bremen Gun Boat No. 6; reg. Melbourne 3/1855. Lbd 71.7 x 14.3 x 8.6 ft. Captain H. Paisley. Shortly after leaving Stanley for the Duck River, Tasmania, struck rocks off North Point and had to be put ashore at West Beach to prevent her from sinking, 7 June 1877. She became a total wreck. [TS1]
In August 1862 and July 1863, ashore at Port Macdonnell, South Australia.

Joan. Ketch, 54 tons gross. # 73517. Built at Latrobe, 1876; reg. Launceston 9/1876. Lbd 66.5 x 18.7 x 7.2 ft. Sank after being towed off the bar at Forth Heads, Tasmania, 28 October 1880. [TS1]

Joanna. Brig, 240 tons. Built at Dumbarton, UK, 1828; reg. Hobart, 1/1844, 10/1851. Lbd 92-3 x 24-6 x 16-6 ft. Initially a whaler, then a trader. Master and part-owner William Chamberlain. Left Hobart for Melbourne on 3 October 1852 with 102 passengers, livestock and timber, stranded at the Bay of Fires. She was refloated and completed her voyage but had evidently suffered considerable damage as she never went to sea again.  After being listed in port at Melbourne for about twelve months she disappears from trace and was presumably broken up or hulked.

John. Cutter, 34 tons. Built at Hobart, 1833; reg. Hobart, 7/1833, 11/1840. Lbd 41-9 x 14-9 x 6 ft.. The last notation on the register is on 5 May 1843 when Thomas Bonar was in command.  She is reported to have been in the Melbourne-Geelong trade during 1845, after which no trace has been found.  She may have returned to Tasmania without entering in with Customs, as a vessel of that name was in the river trade out of Hobart in 1850.  [TS1]

John & Margaret. Ketch, 26 grt. # 57516. Built at Port Esperance, Tasmania, 1871; reg. Hobart 6/1871. Lbd 55.5 x 16.2 x 4.5 ft. Captain G. Paling. From Hastings and Southport for Hobart with a cargo of firewood,  ashore on Droughty Point, Tasmania, 28 October 1901. All hands landed safely. The ketch was not carrying a compass. [TS2]
In November 1876,   sunk off Crayfish Point, Tasmania; refloated.
On 14 July 1899, collided with the ketch Leillateah off Woody Island in the DÆEntrecasteaux Channel, as a result of which both vessels suffered minor damage. [TS2]

John & Winthrop. Former jackass barque, 362/319 tons. # 146222. Built at Bath, Maine, USA, 1876; reg. Launceston 1/1923. Lbd 114.4 x 28.5 x 16.25 ft. Reg. closed on 6 August 1924 after she had been hulked. Possibly blown up with explosives behind Tamar Island on 13 November 1939. [TS2]

John & William. Schooner, 19 tons. Built at North West Bay, Tasmania, 1841; reg. Hobart, 23/1841. Lbd 34.0 x 11.0 x 10.6 ft, (depth appears to be an error). No trace after first registration to owner John Smith on 13 August 1841. [TS1]

John Bull. Schooner. Involved in rescue - see brig Scout, lost Cape naturaliste, 1849. [TS1]

John J. Ingles. During the Second World War, fishermen found wreckage from an unknown vessel near Port Davey. Part of the wreckage contained the name John J. Ingles, but no record of such a ship existed. Bullet holes were found in part of the wreckage. There was a US liberty ship by the name of John J. Ingalls, but she survived the war. [LAH]
Also listed:
John J. Ingalls. Liberty ship. See Samson.  [TS2]

Joseph & Mary. Barge, river craft, 18 tons. # 57537. Built at Oyster Cove, Tasmania, 1873; reg. Hobart 1873. Lbd  47.7 x 16.3 x 4.2 ft. Register closed on 19 October 1917 with the comment ‘broken up at Half Moon Bay South Arm in 1877'. [TS1]

Joseph Sims. Schooner. Involved in salvage - see schooner Beatrice, lost waterhouse island, Tasmania, 1921.  [TS2]

Juanita. Fishing vessel, LFB No. 255 (T69), 22 tons. Lbd 12.8 x 3.69 x 2.01 metres. Wrecked on the eastern extremity of Black Reef, near Recherche Bay, Tasmania, 28 July 1987. Three crew saved.  [TS2]

Julia. Cutter, 7 tons. # 61051. Built at Cape Barren Island, Furneaux Group, 1872; reg. 3/1877. Lbd  33.3 x 11.1 x 4.0 ft. Lengthened by the original builder William Brown in 1876 to a ketch, 11 tons, lbd 43.0 x 11.0 x 3.9 ft. Master-owner. George Speers (sometimes Spiers). Dragged ashore at Swan Island, north-east Tasmania, wrecked, 14 July 1883. The master engaged the fishing boat Agnes (qv) to recover any salvage. [TS1]

Julia Percy. Steamship. Collided with the steamer Nelson when off Apollo Bay, Christmas day 1881.

Julie Ann. Fishing boat, 2 tons, 24 ft.  Built 1926; unregistered. Sailed from Hobart for Triabunna on 10 June 1966 with only one occupant; apparently foundered in a gale off Marion Bay, Tasmania.  [TS2]

Julie Ann. Motor fishing vessel, 5.5 tons, 29.4 ft. Built 1966. Skipper-owner Ivan H. Bellett. Sailed from Nubeena for Port Arthur, Tasmania, on 5 November 1967, but failed to arrive. Wreckage  was found near the entrance to Port Arthur. [TS2]

Juliet. Ship. Involved in rescue - see schooner Amelia, lost off Cape Pillar, Tasmania, 1837. [TS1]

Jumna. Brig, 366 tons. # 45024. Built at Bombay, India as the 16-gun gun brig HMS Pelter (Zebra in some sources), 1848; reg. London. Lbd 111.5 x 34.8 x 15.4 ft. Captain Bisset. Left Hobart for Fremantle on  19 November 1881 but failed to arrive, and was never seen again. [TS1]

Jupiter. Brig. Involved in rescue - see unidentified sealing vessel wreck on Hunter Islands, 1818. [TS1]

Kahika. Twin-screw steel motor vessel, 1537/834 tons. # 159572. Built Leith, UK, 1938; reg. Melbourne 4/1938. Union Steamship Co. Of New Zealand. Captain David Main Keith.From Strahan to Melbourne, foundered after striking an apparently uncharted rock south-west of West Point, Tasmania, 16 March 1940. Sank within minutes. All twenty-three crew saved, even though many were in their bunks at the time. The weather was calm. [LAH],[ASR],[TS2]
Kains. Ship, 353 tons. Built at Shields, UK, 1816; owned by Kains & Co. of London.  Captain William Lushington Goodwin; settled in Launceston where he became proprietor of the Cornwall Chronicle newspaper and owner of a number of vessels in the coastal trade. Sailed from London for Sydney with 120 female convicts on 8 July 1830, and arrived on 11 March 1831 without incident. On 30 May, sailed for Launceston with passengers and merchandise, but was forced back by adverse conditions on 6 June, and sailed again later in the day with an improvement in the weather. In Bass Strait she was very badly knocked about, losing both topgallant masts and two of the crew overboard. The master finally gave up and ran for Port Stephens on the NSW coast, but once again heavy gales developed and the vessel was blown from her moorings and out to sea. The Government sloop Comet escorted her back to Sydney.She again sailed for Launceston on 7 September, and after another tempestuous voyage, entered Tamar Heads 7 October.  Shortly afterwards she struck a rock in Whirlpool Reach with such force as to tear out her stern post.   The vessel was beached at Devil’s. After some gear was salvaged, she was refloated on 24 December and towed to Launceston, where her new owners intended using her as a floating store.  The hulk was broken up. [TS1],[ASW1]
Note: Refered to, incorrectly, in some references as vessel Kanis, or Kanes.

Kaitoa. Motor vessel. Was towing the ferry Alexander Alsion when the ferry sprang a plate, foundered in deep water some 240 miles from Hobart.  [TS2]

Kaiulani of Cygnet. Auxiliary sloop, 13/11 tons, 36ft. # 317270. Built Port Cygnet, 1966; reg. Melbourne 8/1867. Skipper Harold Leggett. Wrecked in a gale on Black Reef, off Tamar Heads, Tasmania,  1 January 1986. She was a  competitor in the Melbourne-Devonport yacht race, and was returning to Melbourne.  [TS2]

Kanes. See ship Kains.

Kangaroo. Schooner, 7 tons. # 64769. Built at Yarra Bank, Victoria, 1871; reg. Hobart. Captain John Carver. Fouled her anchor in swinging about at Bramble Cove, Port Davey; ashore, wreckwd 16 June 1882.  Originally a fishing vessel working out of Melbourne, in 1874 she had taken the survivors of the British Admiral disaster to Melbourne, but early the following year had been seized for smuggling goods recovered from the wreck of the Blencathra, condemned and sold. [TS1]

Kangaroo.  Twin-hulled paddle steam ferry,  109/109 gross (engines located on deck). # 32051.
Built Hobart, 1855; reg. Hobart 2/1857, 15/1912. Lbd (each hull) 110.4 x 11.4 x 7.2 ft. First conceived around 1850, the Kangaroo was a technical success, but proved a financial disaster for her original operators, the Government of Tasmania. Although originally fitted with steering wheels, for the later years was steered from aft by a tiller, commands being shouted from the top of the deckhouse as the helmsman could not see ahead because of the high engine-house fitted amidships. This serious defect made the 1855-vintage twin-hulled paddle steamer a hazard to all shipping for half a century before she was fitted with a conventional bridge and wheel on top of the engine house, after being purchased by the O’May brothers in 1903. Sank at her moorings at the disused Bellerive railway jetty, Tasmania, 2 January 1928. Eventually blown up.  [TS2],[TS1]
On 9 November 1856, collided with the brig Prospere.
On 1 February 1857, collided with a boat from the schooner Balmoral, drowning one of its crew.
On 3 December 1866, collided with the ferry Garibaldi, drowning the master and two passengers.
On 16 August 1894, under master-owner James Taylor, cut the fishing boat Emily (owner-master William Seymour) in two, whilst she was at anchor off Kangaroo Point, Tasmania. No loss of life.
On 16 July 1896,  ran into another small boat at anchor in Kangaroo Bay with the loss of one man. The Kangaroo’s master was tried for manslaughter, but acquitted.
In January 1916, collided with the steamer Cartela.
In January 1920, stranded at Bellerive, Tasmania.
On 19 December 1925, collided with ketch May Queen, through negligence of both masters.

Kanis. See ship Kains.

Kanna. Steamship. Attempted to save SS Karamu, South-west Cape, Tasmania, 1925.   [LHG]

Karamu. Steel steamship, 934/453 tons. # 127812. Built Leith, Scotland, 1912; reg. Dunedin, New Zealand, 1912, reg. Sydney 6/1923. Lbd 205.0 x 32.1 x 12.7 ft. Union Steamship Company of New Zealand Ltd. Captain R. Huntley. Out of Strahan, Tasmania, foundered just east of South-West Cape, Tasmania, 4 September 1925. On leaving Macquarie Harbour she had bumped heavily but with no apparent damage, but  as she passed down the coast and began to leak, the vessel managed to round South-West Cape with only the greatest of difficulty, before dropping anchor in the small bay under its lee that now bears her name. Thus commenced one of the most dramatic rescues performed in Tasmanian waters.  SS Kekerangu, 3146 tons, attempted to tow the Karamu to Hobart, however both vessels became entangled in the hawser. The Kekerangu freed herself and was escorted back to Hobart by the Waikawa. The Karamu was abandoned and soon foundered. The steamrs Laranah and Kanna assisted in rescuing the crew of the Karamu under difficult conditions.  [TS2],[LHG],[#NH],[LAH],[DG]

Karen-El. Fishing vessel LFB No. 581 (R76), 38 tons. Built St. Helens, Tasmania, about 1960. Lbd 59.6 x 17.9 x 7.1 ft. Skipper-owner Ron Whitesank. Sank off Cape Sorell, just south of Macquarie Harbour, west coast Tasmania, 17 December 1984. Four crew saved.  [TS2]

Karoon.In fog, collided with steamer Warringa, off Eddyston Point, Tasmania, 24 November 1958. Both vessels suffered considerable damage, but managed to reach Hobart for temporary repairs before continuing on to Newcastle for docking. [TS2]

Katamaara. Fishing vessel. Involved in rescue - see Gail Jeanette II, lost Tasmania, 1992.  [TS2]

Kate. Snow, 262 tons. # 32618. Built at Sunderland UK, 1851; reg. Sydney. Lbd 85.3 x 23.1 x 15.7 ft. Captain Hayward. From Newcastle for Melbourne, encountered terrible conditions in Bass Strait, and was forced try shelter first off Goose Island in the Furneaux Group, then at Tamar Heads, north coast Tasmania, however she drifted onto Barrel Rock, 16 May 1859.  After two unsuccessful attempts the pilot managed to get on board at great risk to his own life, but it was too late to save the Kate. She was later refloated by the paddle steamer Tamar and towed to Launceston; she never went to sea again and was presumably broken up or converted into a lighter. [TS1]

Kate. Cutter, 15 tons. # 32228. Built on the East Tamar, Tasmania, 1860; reg. Launceston 1/1861. Lbd 33.0 x 13.0 x 5.2 ft. Captain W. Muir. From Devonport to Launceston, ashore at Port Sorell,  4 July 1886. No loss of  life. Cutter appears to have been lost. [TS1]
On 21 February 1883, under Captain Murray,  parted from her moorings in a gale and stove her bottom  in, Penguin Creek, Tasmania. Was given up as a total wreck but apparently refloated and repaired.
Also listed:
Kate. This cutter was in fact wrecked between Port Sorell and West Head, and not at Port Sorell itself. [TS2]

Kate Kearny. Fishing boat. Unregistered. Beached when she lost her rudder, between Rocky Boat Harbour and South West Cape, Tasmania, 1 December 1877. Both crew saved. [TS1]

Kate Kelly. Motor lighter. Unregistered. Lost on Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, 20 December 1931. [TS2]

Katey. Schooner, 7 tons. Built 1851; reg Hobart Town. Lost prior to 1874. [ASR]

Katharine Sharer. (Katherine Shearer, Katherine Sharer, Catherine Shearer). Wooden barque, 512/440 tons. Built at Sunderland, UK,1850; reg. London, 612/1854. Lbd 120 x 25.5 x 19.4 ft. Captain Thorne. From London to Hobart Town, anchored for the night off Port Esperance, almost within sight of her destination. on 6 June 1855. About midnight she was found to be on fire, forcing passengers and crew to abandon her before the flames reached her cargo which included about nine tons of gunpowder.  At 4 a.m. on the 7th the fire reached the gunpowder, and the ship blew up.  Her upper-works were totally destroyed, a piece of mast weighing two-hundredweight coming down in the bush half a mile from the water, and the hull sank in nine fathoms of water. The schooner Annie picked up the passengers, many in their night attire only, and took them to Hobart, along with a crewman who had been arrested on suspicion of arson.  Later the paddle steamer Mimosa picked up the rest of the crew and some salvage.  Nothing appears to have been proved about the alleged arson. A diver employd to locate the wreck drowned in doing so, September 1858.  Consequently, the wreck itself remained more or less undisturbed until 1929, when it was rediscovered by Marine Board diver Joseph Hodson. [TS1],[ASW6],[LAH]
@ As the wrecksite is only a short distance from Dover, divers have visited the site occasionally with coins, pottery, glassware and other small items recovewred over the widely scattered site. [LAH]

Katherine. Schooner. Wrecked while sheltering under the lee of New Year Island, off north-west King Island, 1861. [EP]
Boxham and Nash add:
No other references have been located, and the vessel cannot be identified.

Kathleen K. Motor crayfishing vessel, LFB TA8P, 29/24 tons. # 396250. Built at Birkenhead, SA, 1967; rg. Port Adelaide 23/1981. Lbd 13.69 x 4.37 x 1.87 metres. Skipper-owner James Lange.  Hit a reef, holed, sank within ten minutes, west coast Tasmania, 4 January 1997. Two crew saved. [TS2]

Katie. Half-decked yacht. Unregistered. Capsized and sank off Kangaroo Point, Tasmania, 3 December 1877. Two drowned: the former helmsman of the Queen of the South and a crewman from the Isle of France, both wrecked a few weeks earlier. [TS1]
On 13 February 1877, had capsized off Triffits Point, also drowning two.

Kawatiri. Iron steamship, 516/322 tons. # 84481. Built at Paisley, Scotland, 1882; reg. Dunedin, New Zealand, 1883, reg. Hobart  4/1901. Ltd.Lbd 170.5 x 26.1 x 11.25 ft. Built as a collier for the Westport Coal Company of N.Z., along with sisters Wareatea and Orowaiti which were also to become well known in the Tasmanian coastal trade.Purchased by the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand in 1887 and placed in the Melbourne-Strahan-Hobart run in 1898.  Captain Robert Crawford. In heavy seas, hit the bar at Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania,  in attempting to enter Hell’s Gates; wrecked on the North Spit, 13 August 1907. Boats were lowered but only one manged to get away, this capsizing when struck by a heavy sea - the stewardess was lost overboard and drowned, as was a woman and her two young sons. Two other children also drowned. Three other boats left the wreck and landed safely on Entrance Island. Those left aboard were rescued the following day. When, on the 18 August, a boat, possibly the fishing boat Luida, was sent to the wreck to recover the ship’s papers,  two of the three occupants were drowned. [TS2],[LHG],[NH - Captain Carter],[DG]
On 20 October 1898, stranded on the bar at Hell’s Gates, entrance to Macquarie Harbour but floated off undamaged on the next high tide,  [LHG],[LAH]
On 24 March 1900, broke down while crossing the bar at Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, and drifted bow first onto Entrance Island, swinging around until she completely blocked the entrance and narrowly escaping being run down by the inward-bound SS Koonya. [TS2], [LHG],[NH]
On 1 March 1902, collided with the harbour steamer Natone off Regatta Point at Strahan.

Kearra. Cutter, 11 tons. # 32235. Built on the Tamar River, 1858; reg. Launceston.6/1863. Lbd 33.2 x 11.9 x 5.6 ft. Mster/owner Thomas Hayden. Anchored off the Leven River, Tasmania, driven ashore in a gale at the entrance to the river, broke up, 7 October 1866. Both the master and his brother Abraham, the only crewman, were drowned.

Kekerangu. Steamship, 3146 tons. Captain Molyneaux. Involved in attempted salvage and dramatic rescue of crew of steamer Karamu, Tasmania, lost Macquarie Harbour, 1925.

Kelpie.Steamer,  13/5 tons. # 88933. Built at Williamstown, 1868;  rebuilt and fitted with an engine in 1885 by the Melbourne Coal Shipping Co; reg. Melbourne 25/1885. Lbd 58.6 x 10.0 x 4.0 ft. Master-owner Thomas Holyman. Cleared Port Phillip Heads for Launceston; sprang a plank and foundered within ten minutes, sixty miles out of Port Phillip Heads, 10 September 1897. Crew escaped in the boat and made Penguin, north coast Tasmania. [TS1]

Kerbar. See motor fishing vessel, Margaret Rose.  [TS2]

Kermandie. Four-masted twin-screw auxiliary schooner, 340/249 tons. # 133495. Built  Kermandie, Hobart, Tasmania, 1920; reg. Melbourne 5/1948. Captain D. Driscoll, later to command the auxiliary ketch Merilyn (qv). Lbd 141.65 x 34.4 x 9.65ft. Left Stanley for Melbourne with a cargo of grain, but shortly afterwards hit rocks off North Point, Circular Head, north-west Tasmania, in heavy weather, 6 September 1957. The rudder was torn off and the vessel was run ashore near Western Plains; tractors were able to get alongside to recover most of the cargo.  unable to be salvaged, written off. Finally, the hull was burnt where it lay on 17 February 1958.
~ Her carved stem-head is on display in the local history museum at Stanley. [TS2],[LH]

Kerra Glen. Motor fishing vessel, LFB No.311 (TE1), 6 tons, 28.4 ft. Destroyed in a gale, Bicheno, Tasmania, 25 March 1972.  [TS2]

Kerrismar. Steel motor fishing vessel, 56/40 tons. # 385363. Built Rokeby, Tasmania, 1980; reg.  Hobart 8/1980. Lbd 17.96 x 5.76 x 2.64 metres. Skipper-owner Christopher Campbell. Sank having been holed when ran aground, west coast Tasmania, 14 November 1985. Crew saved. [TS2]

Kestrel. Schooner. Captain Williams. Involved in rescue - see cutter Edwin, east coast Tasmania, 1874.

Kilpara. Ferro-cement sloop-rigged yacht, 12 metres. Unregistered. Master-owner John Holmes. Sank after hitting a rock off Bathurst Harbour in Port Davey, Tasmania, 19 February 1979.  [TS2]

King Billy. Ketch, 30 tons gross. # 57503. Built at Port Esperance, 1869; reg. Hobart 7/1869.  Lbd 57.6 x 16.6 x 5.2 ft. Named after William Lanne, the last pure-blood male Tasmanian aboriginal, who had died in the year the ketch was built. Captain James Madden. Left Port Arthur for Hobart on 11 February 1900;  whilst taking water, rolled on her beam ends and sank in fifty fathoms. Madden and his two crew escaped in the dinghy and landed near Cape Raoul, from where they walked to Nubeena.
In 1898, sent to refloat the ketch Annie Ward, lost Tasmania, 1898, but she had already broken up. [TS1]
In March 1898,  survived a collision with the ketch Huon Chief . [TS2]
King David. Freighter. Involved in rescue - see steamship Vicky, loss eastern Bass Strait, 1956.   [TS2]

King of Italy. Large vessel, unrecorded type, 1363 tons. Suffered considerable damage in Bass Strait, 1864, but as she was reclassified by Lloyds in February 1865 she clearly survived. [TS1]

Kirstie T. Fibreglass motor crayfishing vessel, 14.08 m. # 851881. Skipper-owner Warren Jager.  Foundered, west coast Tasmania, 8 January 1992. No lives lost. [TS2]

Koomeeda. Steamer. Involved in search for the missing barquentine Southern Cross, vicinity King Island, 1920.  [TS2]
Also listed:
Koomeela. Attempted to assist the beached coastal steamer moonah, Swansea, Tasmania, 1925, without success. [TS2]

Koonookarra. Steamer. Involved in rescue - see barque Mayfield, lost off north-east tip of Tasmania, 1905. [ASW6], [TS2]

Koonya. Steamship, 119/80 tons. # 57614. Built at Hobart, 1887; reg. Hobart 6/1887 in the name of the United Steamship Company.  Lbd 107.2 x 19.4 x 9.6 ft. Wrecked off Cronulla, NSW. on 25 January 1898 while owned by the Moruya Steamship Co. Crosssed the bows of the steamer Pioneer in Trial Bay, Tasmania, causing the Pioneer to sink, 15 July 1891. [TS1]

Koonya. Steel steamship, 1093/663 tons. # 109641.Built at Grangemouth, UK, as the Yukon. Owned by Union Steamship Co.  Lbd 225.0 x 34.2 x 13.2 ft. In 1908, she had towed Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Nimrod 1510 miles from Lyttleton, NZ to the Antarctic Circle and was the first steamer in the Antractic. She was then employed in the New Zealand and Tasmanian coastal trades. Captain Francis Warner Jackson. Sailed from Strahan for Burnie on 3 June 1919 but failed to arrive; wrecked on Sandy Cape, Tasmania, 6 June 1919. Vessel Taviuni sent to search and found her wrecked on Sandy Cape, north west coast Tasmania. All saved. [NH],[#TS2],[DG]

Koonya. Steamship. Involved in rescue - see yacht Vera, lost Bass Strait, 1967. [TS2]

Korunnah. Ketch. Captain Johnson. Found the wreckage of the missing ketch Sarah Ann, Tasmania, 1893.

Kosciusko. Wooden steamer, 165/112 tons. #  131491. Built Balmain, NSW 1911; reg. Sydney 36/1911, 28/1936. Lbd 116.3 x 28.5 x 9.75 ft. Employed on Sydney harbour for most of her career; came south for use on the trans-Derwent ferry service following the Tasman Bridge disaster. While being converted into a floating restaurant, became a constructive total loss after her superstructure was destroyed by fire at New Town Bay, Tasmania, 8 August 1982.
~ Demolished in the mid-1990s, a section of one of the double ends complete with propeller and stem post being recovered for display at the Cambridge Hotel, Bellerive.

Kristian Anders. Motor fishing trawler, 33/24 tons. # 355998.  Built Queenscliff, 1972; reg. Port Adelaide 3/1977. Lbd 43.05 x 16.0 x 6.8ft. Skipper Peter Trew. Returning to her home port of Apollo Bay, Victoria after a fishing trip to Sandy Cape on Tasmania's west coast, caught fire abreast of Councillor Island, off Sea Elephant Bay, King Island.24 November 1989 Two crew saved by local police launch.  [TS2]

Kulandra. Fishing boat, 2 ton. Lb 6.3 x 6.4 ft. Owned by  Percy Caterall of Bicheno.  Vessel reported wrecked, prior to 15 March 1972. [TS2]

Kyeema. Fishing vessel, 48 tons.  Built 1959. Lbd 59 x 18 x 8.5 ft. Skipper Gilbert Wright. Wrecked on the breakwater at Grassy, King Island, 30 September 1974.  [TS2]

L'Avenir. Auxiliary launch, 22ft. Master-owner John Grimmond. Left Bridport for Waterhouse Island, north-east Tasmania, with a mutton-birding party of seven; stranded on a reef a hundred yards offshore from Waterhouse Point, 4 April 1959. One man drowned.  [TS2]

La Paloma. Crayboat, 15 tons, 41.5 ft. Master-owner Keith Williamson. In a freak storm, drifted into kelp beds about a mile from the Eddystone Point lighthouse, Tasmania; propeller fouled and wrecked on rocks. Crew saved.  [TS2]

Lady Amaelia. Steel motor fishing vessel, scallop boat, 60 tons, 17.9  metres. Skipper Lawrence Barnett. Wrecked on rocks off Tenth Island, north-east coast Tasmanioa, 21 June 1986. Crew of six picked up by a helicopter. [TS2]

Lady Betty II. Motor launch, 6/4 tons, 30.2 ft. # 133498. Built Hobart 1914; reg. Hobart 2/1921.  Skipper-owner Michael Bell. Wrecked aground on Roaring Beach, near Nubeena, Tasmania, 6/7 July 1983. Three occupants safe.  [TS2]

Lady Bird. Fishing boat, 11 tons, 36.6 ft. Built 1932. Unregistered. Sank at Coles Bay, Tasmania, 24 June 1968. Later towed into shallow water, and slipped at Coles Bay, where she was found to be damaged beyond economical repair. [TS2]

Lady Denison. Barque, 158 tons. Built at the Government Dockyard at Port Arthur under the supervision of David Hoy, 1847; reg. Hobart, 1/1848. Lbd 85.9 x 22.9 x 11.4 ft. Captain Edwin Frederick Hammond. Sailed from Port Adelaide for Hobart on 17 April 1848, with general cargo and twelve crew, sixteen passengers and eleven prisoners under the control of three guards.  When she failed to arrive, rumours began to spread that she had been seized by the convicts, who had murdered those who would not support them, and then headed for California.Some months later, a considerable quantity of wreckage positively identified as coming from the Lady Denison was found washed up on the west coast Tasmania. Although the nature and quantity of the wreckage strongly suggested that the vessel had foundered west of Bass Strait, during the dreadful gales that were known to have lashed the area soon after the vessel had sailed from Port Adelaide (see Struggler and Ida), the conspiracy theorists were not convinced. In December 1852 a man charged with murder at the Victorian gold fields was identified as a Lady Denison convict by a former South Australian policeman at the trial, but he was released and disappeared before further questioned. It would appear possible that when the vessel foundered, some of the convicts may have escaped in one of the boats. [TS1]

Lady Emma. Barque, 202 tons. # 32020. Built at Hobart, 1848; reg. Hobart  4/1849, 3/1871. Lbd 95.4 x 25.3 x 12.8 ft. Captain Bowden. From Southport for Port Adelaide, hit the Actaeon Reef, and was beached at Recherche Bay in a leaking condition, 29 August 1879. Ketch Esther, SS Southern Cross, and steamer Emu assisted with salvage of the cargo of timber. Southern Cross took the damaged barque in tow to Hobart. When the Lady Emma was slipped at Battery Point it was found that she had been damaged beyond economical repair, and was abandoned to the underwariters. After being stripped of anything of value the hull was beached on the northern side of Sandy Bay, where the Yacht Club of Tasmania now stands, and her remains were visible there for many years. [TS1]

Lady Flinders. Auxiliary ketch, 131/72 tons. # 101800. Lbd 85.0 x 22.5 x 7.5 ft. Built  Launceston, 1936; reg. Launceston 1/1936. Captain H. Lund. From Launceston for King Island with a cargo of cattle and a crew of ten, ran aground on rocks under high cliffs about a mile and a half north of Telegraph Bay on Three Hummock Island, western Bass Strait, 25 August 1938.  All saved, including some cattle.   [TS2],[ASR]

Lady Franklin. Colonial Government supply ship, 269 tons. Renamed - see Emily Dowling.

Lady Franklin. Schooner, 26 tons. Lbd 39.0 x 13.1 x 7.4 ft. Built at Battery Point, Hobart, 15/1837; reg. Hobart. Captain John Crocker. Sailed from Hobart for Port Phillip on 20 April 1838 with a cargo of sundries and fifteen passengers; put in to Port Arthur to replace a lost jib-boom, and continued her passage on 27 April, however she failed to arrive and was never seen or heard from again. [TS1]

Lady Franklin. Ferry. Unregistered. Master-owner Ross. Capsized off Three Hut Point, Tasmania, on 10 October 1868 and drifted out to sea, last being seen off Bruny Island. The crew and passengers were aparently saved - how is not indicated. [TS1]

Lady Jillian. Involved in rescue - see sloop Bunyip, lost Tasmania, 1975. [TS2]

Lady Julia. Fishing vessel, 28 ft.  Initiaally the Vixen.  Reported wrecked at the Inglis River, Tasmania, 21 April 1960.  [TS2]

Lady Kathleen. Motor fishing vessel, 16 tons. Built Cygnet, Tasmania, 1961-2; unregistered. Lbd 37.3 x 13.2 x 6.6 ft. Skipper-owner James Barrett.  Hit by a freak wave near Couta Rocks, west coast Tasmania, and capsized, 18 February 1969. After being towed by two fishing vessels, sank a few miles short of Temma. Two crew saved. . [TS2]

Lady Leigh. Schooner, 118 tons. Built 1835; reg Hobart Town. Lost prior to 1874. [ASR]

Lady Loch. Victorian Government steamer. [TS1]
In 1890, involved in rescue - see barque Carlisle, lost eastern Bass Strait.
In 1892, searched for the missing schooner May Newton in eastern Bass Strait without success.
In 1908, involved in the search for the missing steamer Orion, Bass Strait, 1908. [TS2]

Lady Nelson. Brig, 60 tons. Built Deptford, UK, 1799. Arrived Port Jackson from Engalnd on 16 December 1800. Employed by the colonial government in survey work and in maintaining communicationss between the various settlements. Siezed by pirates off the island of Baba, one of the Serwati islands north of Australia, 1825. [ASW1]
On 2 May 1815, swept on to the south side of Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, without loss of life. She was badly damaged and filled with the tide, but was eventually refloated, repaired and continued to provide service for another decade. [ASW1]

Lady Palmerstone. Coastal vessel. Ashore in a major storm, south of Hobart, August 1861. Recovered. [TS1]

Lake Illawarra. Steel motor vessel, bulk carrier, 7274/4343 tons. # 178472. Built Whyalla, South Australia,  1958, reg. Port Adelaide 2/1958. Lbd 446.15 x 58.75 x 31.4 ft. Australian Coastal Shipping Commission (Australian National Line).  Captain B. J. Pelc. Undoubtedly Tasmania's most sensational shipping disaster which sank after running into and demolishing part of the Tasman Bridge crossing the Derwent River at Hobart, 5 January 1975.  Seven of her crew and five people in cars that went over the bridge lost their lives. Sailed from Port Pirie, South Australia, with a cargo of zinc concentrate for the Electrolytic Zinc Company's Risdon works. Approaching the bridge she was surging forward at eight knots, apparently under the influence of a strong flood tide, and the master dropped speed to approach the bridge at a 'safe' speed. As the vessel came closer it was seen she was out of line for the central navigation span of the bridge, and despite several changes of course the ship proved quite unmanageable, apparently due to insufficient speed relative to the current to maintain steerage way. In desperation the master finally called out full speed astern, at which point all control was lost and the vessel drifted bodily towards the bridge about midway between the navigation span and the eastern shore, crashing first into the pile capping of pier 18 and then pier 19, bringing the three unsupported spans crashing onto the vessel's hull. The ship listed to starboard and sank within minutes in deep water a short distance to the south, where most of it remains to this day in 110 feet of water.  The master had his certificate suspended for six months after it was found that had not handled the Lake Illawarra in a proper and seamanlike manner. The ship herself could not be moved without high risk of further damaging the bridge, and after all oil was recovered from the wreck to reduce the likelihood of pollution, she was left where she lay. The damage to the eleven year-old bridge wrought havoc on the city of Hobart, the residents of the heavily populated eastern shore being forced to drive considerable distance to Bridgewater in order to cross the Derwent. The bridge was repaired and reopened for business on 8 October 1977. Seven members of the crew and five motorists crossing the bridge lost their lives.  Bow later removed by United Divers Australia. [TS2],[LSW],[LAH]

Lanoma. Fishing vessel . Wrecked on Hunters Island, north-west Tasmania,  15 May 1923.   [TS2]
Also listed:
Lanoma. Fishing vessel, 30 ft. Unregistered. In a gale, swept onto the rocks off Cape Portland, Tasmania, wrecked, 22 June 1953.  [TS2]

Lapwing. Cutter. Ashore at Barnes Bay, Tasmania, 7-8 March 1866. Refloated [TS1]

Lara. Ketch. # 854353. Built at Dalkeith, Western Australia, 1967. Lbd 8.95 x 2.9 x 1.25 metres. Probably foundered on a cruise from Port Adelaide to Hobart having been dismasted about 50 miles west of Sandy Cape, west coast Tasmania, February 1997.

Laranah. Steamship. Attempted to save SS Karamu, South-west Cape, Tasmania, 1925.   [LHG]

Laura. Iron steamer, 63 tons. Built at Brisbane, 1873. Lbd 84.1 x 14.2 x 6. Hulked just north of Woolbridge on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, around 1929. Much of her is still visible. [LH]

Laurel. Schooner, 89 tons. Built at Pugwash, Nova Scotia, 1848; reg. Melbourne, 201/1853. Lbd 65.5 x 18.0 x 10.0 ft. Captain Chinn. Sailed from Melbourne for Hobart with sundry cargo; driven ashore near the Scamander River on the east coast Tasmania, during the same gale that wrecked the Letitia and Morning Star, 13-14 May 1855. All hands saved. [TS1]

Laurel. Ketch, about 6 tons. Unregistered. Master Edward Sproul. Broke her mooring at Snug, North West Bay, Tasmania; drifted across the Derwent, ashore on the Iron Pot, then disappeared, presumably having broken up, 15 March 1903. [TS2]

Laurita. Schooner, 101 tons. # 40910. Built at Bremen, Germany as the Athen, 1840; then Catherine of Honolulu; reg. Melbourne 280/1854. Lbd 74.2 x 18.8 x 10.1 ft. Captain Simpson. From Recherche Bay to Melbourne with timber, sprang a leak during a gale and foundered some fifty miles east of Schouten Island, Tasmania, 7 April 1859.  The crew were later picked up by the schooner Edward & Christopher, then schooner Mary Ann and landed at Port Albert. [TS1]

Le Hard. Auxiliary motor fishing vessel. Built 1954; unregistered. Lbd 40 x 11-6 x 5-1 ft. Whilst picking up craypots off Georges Rocks on the east coast Tasmania, her engine failed and she went on to rocks,  wrecked, 18 February 1963. Neither of her crew could swim, but with life jackets on, they were picked up by the fishing boat Vivienne. [TS2]

Leanne. Fishing vessel, 16 tons, 39-9 ft. Built about 1951; unregistered. Skipper Arthur Reynard. Capsized and sank in mountainous seas off the Sisters Rocks in the Maatsuyker Group, Tasmania, 4 November 1963. Skipper drowned, one crew saved.   [TS2]

Lee Gar. Steel motor fishing vessel, LFB No. 497 (RG6), 24 tons. Built 1968. Lbd 45.4 x 14.8 x 6.7 ft. Driven from her moorings at Bicheno, Tasmania, wrecked, 4 June 1978. [TS2]

Leederry. Twin-screw auxiliary fishing ketch, 126/60 tons. # 159593. Lbd  97.2. x 23.75. x 7.25 ft.. Built St. Helens, Tasmania, 1943; reg. Melbourne 6/1947. Sailed from Hobart for Launceston, where she was to undergo a refit; in a leaking condition struck a rock which may have increased her leakage, off Clarke Island, wrecked ashore, 31 March 1974. Two crew safe.
On 17 June 1954, stranded on rocks in the Duck River, Tasmania.
On 9 November 1959, ran into the anchored ketch Prion while getting underway at Whitemark for Launceston, doing considerable damage to the smaller vessel but none to herself. [TS2]

Legara. Auxiliary fishing cutter, 18/11 tons.  # 133485. Built  Launceston, 1914, as the Yolla, but renamed before registration, Hobart 17/1914. Master-owner Henry Burgess. Wrecked at Point Hibbs, Tasmania, 28 March 1957. Three crew saved, although not without some drama as the captain had to row out to a fishing vessel some twelve miles offshore for rescue.  .

Leila L.  Auxiliary fishing vessel, 10 tons, 44-10 ft. Unregistered. Skipper-owner Noel Wade. Left Waterhouse Island for Bridport, Tasmania; foundered south-west of Waterhouse Island, 28 August 1964. [TS2]

Leillateah. Ketch. Collided  with the ketchJohn and Margaret off Woody Island in the DÆEntrecasteaux Channel, as a result of which both vessels suffered minor damage, 14 July 1899. [TS2]

Lenna. Passage boat/ auxiliary fishing boat. Probably built Hobart, 1886; lbd 40 x 10 x 3.5 ft. Unregistered.  Capsized and sank, on the Derwent, 21 December 1941. Two saved.    [TS2]
Also listed:
Lenna. Ketch. Assisted in salvage - see auxiliary ketch Swift, lost Tasmania, 1935.  [TS2]

Leprena. Three-masted schooner, 173/143 tons. # 151549. Built Hobart, 1922; reg. Hobart, 4/1922. Lbd 110.0 x 26.0 x 10.1 ft. Master Harry Heather From Recherche Bay for Port Adelaide with timber, struck the hitherto unknown rock that now bears her name just north of George's Rocks, Bay of Fires, Tasmania, 27 February 1925. The schooner eventually rolled off the reef, capsized and drifted ashore bottom up near Eddystone Point, having suffered surprisingly little damage. She was hauled off the beach, righted, and beached again at a more sheltered spot at Boulder Point, but when the tug Wybia arrived on the scene, she was unable to haul the vessel afloat, and the schooner broke up and became a total wreck.
[TS2],[LC - wrecked near Eddystone Lighthouse, Tasmania]

Letitia. Schooner, 73 tons. Lbd 60.4 x 16.6 x 9.2 ft. Built at Bill Quay, County Durham, UK, 1831; reg.  Hobart, 65/1853. In a gale, wrecked ashore off Cox’s Beach, Derwent River, Tasmania, 13-14 May 1855. See also schooner Morning Star. [TS1],[LPA],

Leura. Iron hulk, formerly a screw steamship, 186/758 tons. # 174685. Built  Liverpool, UK, 1875; reg. Melbourne 23/1878. Lbd 250.8 x 32.5 x 16.25 ft. Her Melbourne register closed in 1921 when hulked.  The tug Eagle towed her from Melbourne to Hobart in August 1921 where she was stripped and scuttled in Storm Bay, 1934.  [TS2]

Leura. Steamship, 1186 tons. Built 1878 for Howard Smith Line. Hulked in the upper Derwent, Tasmania.  [DG]

Levina N. Cutter-rigged motor cray fishing vessel, LFB No.144 (T45),  9/4 tons, 34 ft. # 196985.
Built Hobart 1957; reg. Hobart 1/1959. Skipper-owner Andrew Murray.  From Bicheno to Launceston for a refit after the cray seaso, hit by a 'rogue' wave about six metres high, fell heavy into the trough before being deluged by a second wave. With no apparent damage, continued on its way. However, the engine compartment was filling and crew abandoned the vessel before she  foundered about six kilometres from Waterhouse, Tasmania, 8 September 1987. Crew picked up by the fishing vessel Soluna. [TS2]

Lewisham Belle. Fore-and-aft schooner, 27 tons. # 32140. Built at Pittwater, 1865; reg. Hobart 11/1865. Lbd 55.0 x 15.2 x 6.2 ft. From Pittwater, Tasmania, to Hobart with wheat, foundered off Cartwright’s Point, 29 July 1865. [TS1],[ASR]

Liberty. Unregistered schooner, 16 tons. Broxam and Nash report: May have been the vessel built at Desolation Island in the Southern Ocean in 1831 by castaways from the wreck of the British whaler Betsey & Sophia. On her arrival at Hobart on 14 February 1832 that vessel was described as a sloop of about 20 tons, and secondary sources claim she was later employed around the Tasmanian coast for many years before being wrecked. Master/owner James McDonald. Wrecked near Cape Portland, Tasmania, September 1846. Two convicts siezed the Liberty when on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, 11 September 1846. The captain escaped; others were released, before being wrecked with the loss of one convict. The other was soon recaptured and sentenced to life imprisonment. On 19 May 1832, was driven ashore in a gale at Hobart, and suffered considerable damage. [TS1]

Lillie May. Ketch. Involved in collission with auxiliary ketch Foam, Hobart, 1901.  [TS2]

Linda. Auxiliary ketch, 50/41 tons. # 79283. Built at Dog Island, Bass Strait, 1887; reg. Launceston 7/1905. Lbd 72.5 x 17.8 x 6.2 ft. Suttled  on the west bank of the Tamar River, Tasmania; register closed 3 August 1939.
In April 1929, sank off Newnham Creek.
In 1909,  ashore at Little Dog Island in Bass Strait. [TS2]
Also listed:
Linda. Ketch. Owned by William Holyman & Son. Wrecked in the Tamar at Launceston, 1919 or 1929. [RW - has contradictory dates in the same publication]

Lintrose. Iron twin-screw steamship, 153/104 tons. # 115619. Built at Paisley, UK, 1897; reg. Hobart 6/1921. Lbd 126.5 x 26.0 x 5.9 ft. Originally built as the paddle-wheel ferry Premier for Queensland Government Railways, she had arrived at Hobart in 1918; in 1922 converted to twin screw propulsion. Having been abandoned in a sinking condition, drifted ashore on the Iron Pot Reef , Tasmania, 10 March 1932. Crew picked up by fishing boat Coquette. Attempts were made to refloat her but shebroke up.  [TS2]

Little Mary. Schooner, 60 tons. Built at Mauritius, and owned since June 1819 by Joseph James of Launceston; reg. Sydney. Captain Kerr. Sailed from Hobart for Launceston on 2 September 1822 but failed to arrive. [TS1]

Little Maud. Ketch, 12 tons. # 78065. Built at Wynyard, 1878; reg. Launceston 7/1878. Lbd  41.5 x 10.9 x 4.9ft  Originally a French-lugger-rigged vessel intended for the fishing industry, was later rerigged as a ketch. Outward bound for the Pieman River, west coast Tasmaniaa, ashore, wrecked, at Burnie, Emu Bay, 24 January 1881. Crew landed safely. [TS1]
On 18 May 1879, under Captain Airey, hit the treacherous Pieman River bar twice, but carried over undamaged.
In May 1880, lost her rudder in a collision with the schooner Windward at Launceston.

Little Nell. Steam launch. Built at Hobart, 1872. Lbd 44-6 x 8-8 x 4-6 ft Originally named Rescue (qv), and then renamed back to Rescue. Boiler exploded during a perceived ‘race’ with the tug Tamar, off Coulson, Tasmania, 18 February 1874.  In afutile attempt to beat the powerful tug, the safety valve of the launch’s boiler was clamped down and more fuel thrown on the fire. Eleven on board; the river cutter Margaret rescued three passengers, one dying a few days later, the other two badly scalded. The shattered wreck was towed to a slip, and eventually rebuilt as the ketch Rescue (qv) sometime after March 1882. [TS1]

Little Pet. Involved in rescue - see brig Struan, lost eastern Bass Strait, 1856. [TS1]

Little Shannon. Coastal vessel.  Master Bates. (Who doesn’t!).  Barnes Bay to Hobart with firewood, hit by a heavy sea and sank off Sandy Bay Point, August 1862. The master, his wife and two children got clear in the boat, and were rescued by the cutter Secret. [TS1]

Loch Finlas. Iron barque, 2170/2062 tons. # 91250. Built at Southampton, UK as the Bactria, 1885; reg.  Liverpool. Lbd 279.0 x 40.2 x 24.3 ft.Captain A. J. Lonnen. From Port Pirie for Callao with wheat,  struck the reef off the Fosters Islands, Cape Portland, 26 September 1908. Although it was evident that nothing could be done to save the ship, the officers did not consider the position particularly dangerous, and set about launching boats. The master, however, refused to leave his ship and went below, never to return.  The crew later reported that he was often drunk.  One of the three boatss managed to get away before the ship rolled off the reef onto her beam ends and sank.The one boat to get clear was itself overturned in heavy seas shortly afterwards.  The nine occupants clung to it, but dropped off through exhaustion one by one and drowned, till the four left struggled ashore Cape Naturaliste and Eddystone Point. Twnety crew, including the master, died. [LAH] [TS2]

Loch Lomond. Fishing boat. Master, Peter Locke. Involved in rescue - see auxiliary ketch Miss Evelyn, lost eastern Bass Strait, 1949. [TS2]

Lone Star. Brigantine, 158 tons. Built 1864; reg Hobart Town. Lost prior to 1874. [ASR]

Loongana. Steamship, 2448 tons. Built 1904. The first turbine vessel to come to Australia. Union Steamship Co. of New Zealand. Traded between Launceston and Melbourne for many years. [DG]

Loranah. Motor launch. Unregistered. Lost or damaged beyong repair due to devastating floods in the Launceston, Tamar River basin, April 1929.   [TS2]

Lorna. Ketch, 9 tons. Built at Settlement Point, Flinders Island about 1895; unregistered. From Launceston to the Furneaux Group, driven ashore on the western side of Waterhouse Island during a gale on 21 April 1901.  The crew of two, both sons of the owner, landed safely and were later rescued by the steamer Amy.
Amy. Steamer. Involved in rescue - see ketch Lorna.  [TS2]

Lorna G. Shark and crayfishing boat, 32 ft. Wrecked on the rocks at Low Head, Tasmania, 22 May 1964. She had been stolen from the Rubicon River, Port Sorell the previous evening but not trace of the thief, who was known, was found, presumed drowned.  [TS2]

Lotus. Dandy, 36 tons. Built on the Huon River, 1844; reg. Hobart, 4/1844, 20/1854. Lbd 42.2 x 15.4 x 8.4 ft. Master Thomas Graham. From Hobart to Schouten Island where she was to load coal and timber, wrecked at Tunnel Bay on Tasman Peninsula, 27 January 1855. Crew saved after some difficulty. [TS1]

Louisa. Whaling schooner, 35 tons. Built at Hobart, 1834; reg. Hobart 23/1834. Lbd 45 x 13-7 x 6-5 ft. Master Samuel Freeth.  Returning to Hobart with a full oad of oil, foundered near Bruny Island, 22 October 1836. All hands lost. [TS1]
In 1835, involved in rescue of survivors when the convict transport George III. [JH]

Louisa. Schooner, 60 tons. # 31834. Built at Holyhead, Wales, 1835; reg. Melbourne 6/1857. Lbd 56.8 x 15.4 x 10.0 ft. Master/owner Walter H. Robinson. From Launceston to Melbourne with wheat, encountered a gales and blown across the straits and then down the east coast Tasmania, finally springing a severe leak that forced the master to put her ashore near Eddystone Point, end May 1859. All hands, and the bags of wheat saved with the assistance of SS Oberon. which returned to Launceston on 5 June.  [TS1]

Louise. Schooner, 15 tons.Built at Pittwater, Tasmania, 1831; reg. Hobart 9/1831.  Lbd 34-3 x 10-5 x 5-9 ft. Engaged in the Pittwater-Hobart trade. Wrecked on Hope Beach, 1841. [TS1],[ASW1]

Lourah.  Three-masted schooner of 90/81 tons. # 105684.  Built Hobart, 1899. Lbd 86.4 x 23.8 x 6.0 ft.    Registered Hobart, 4/1899. (Lourah - stingray in a Tasmanian native language). Captain C. Charlson
Damaged in a storm after entering Port Davey, Tasmania, 3 January 1900. Went ashore on Mud Island (later renamed Lourah Island), the following day.  [TS2]

Lucky Boy. Small cutter-rigged vessel. In February 1853, pirated from Hobart by convicts and wrecked on Twenty Day Island, Bass Strait. [TS1]

Luck’s All. Cutter/schooner 12 tons.  Built at Kangaroo Point, Tasmania, around 1842, as the 25 ft. keel, 5-ton Nautilus. Whilst laid up in Sandy Bay, Tasmania, sank at her moorings, February 1919. Refloated, sold and knocked-down.
On 7 July 1853, sank off Three Hut Point in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel while on a voyage from Port Cygnet to Hobart with timber. Three crew drowned, the only survivor being the master George Dawson.  Refloated, sold,  rerigged as a schooner and renamed Luck’s All.  At some stage she also appears to have been lengthened.
On 21 November 1867, capsized at her anchors off Kangaroo Point.
In October 1873, collided off Hobart with the fishing boat Zephyr, neither suffering much damage,
On 7 August 1883, sank off King Horn Bay, River Derwent, drowning one of the crew of four.
In May 1912, her  engine explosed. [TS2]

Lucy. Tasmanian coastal schooner.  Owner-master Hugh Pierce. Trading between Hobart and Frederick Henry Bay, was being towed out of the Carlton River by a small boat when the rope snapped and she drifted onto the rocks, wrecked, 11 February 1820.  All saved. [TS1]

Lucy. Cutter, 25 tons.  # 32002. Built at the Freycinet Peninsula; reg. Hobart 28/1852; reg. Melbourne 3/1853. Lbd 38.6 x 12.3 x 7.0 ft. Master Samuel Simmons. A regular trader between Emu Bay and Melbourne, she had just completed loading a cargo of grain, timber and potatoes when caught by a severe northerly gale, parted her cables and was swept ashore, 26 October 1863. All hands landed safely.
In January 1861, driven ashore at Old Wharf, Hobart and suffered considerable damage.
On 9 May 1862, stranded while engaged in the salvage operations on the wreck of the George Marshall at Flinders Island; later refloated. [TS1]

Lucy Adelaide. Auxiliary fishing cutter. Built at Hobart, 1891; unregistered. Lbd 36 x 10-6. x 3 ft. On rocks at Waterfall Bay, near Wineglass Bay on east coast Tasmania, then drifted off into deep water and sank, 12 July 1905. The yacht Fancy, which was cruising nearby, rescued the crew of two.
In 1904, the first fishing boat in Hobart to be fitted with an auxiliary engine, and as such had been engaged in salvage operations on the wreck of the Brier Holme. [TS2]

Lucy Drake. Schooner, 37.5 tons. # 32264. Built at Port Frederick, River Mersey, 1867; reg. Launceston 5/1867. Lbd 58.8 x 16.7 x 7.0 ft. Master Jens Anthon. Melbourne to the Mersey stranded, wrecked, on Horseshoe Reef, off Wright’s Island, Tasmania, during a gale, 25 August 1867. Crew saved. [TS1]

Lucy Sarah. Motor fishing vessel, LFB No. 227 (T73) 15 tons. Lbd 39.0 x 13.0 x 5.5 ft. Sank about one nautical mile east of De Witt Island, Tsmania, 2 February 1992. Two crew saved.  [TS2]

Luida. Fishing boat. Possibly lost when used to recover the ship’s papers from the stricken steamer Kawatiri, Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, 18 August 1907. Two men drowned.  [TS2]

Lurline. Fishing boat, 5 or 9 tons. Built Battery Piint, Hobart, 1874; unregistered. Lbd 43 x 12 x 4 ft. Wrecked ashore, Swansea, east coast Tasmania, 1946.
In September 1898, survived a collision with the ketch Huon Chief, Tasmanian waters.
On 19 June 1938, collided with the fishing boat Seafarer at New Harbour.
The Lurline had previously  around the beginning of September 1898. [TS2]

Lydia. Cutter, 9 tons. Unregistered. Dragged ashore in rough weather and broke up, off an unspecified spot on the coast of Flinders Island, 24 May 1899. Master-owner T.Mansell. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash list details of a number of vessels that may have been the Lydia.

Mabel. Cutter-yacht,  8 tons. Unregistered. Built Hobart, 1885. Lbd 28.0 x 8.8 x 3.6 ft.  A competitor in the annual Ocean Yacht Race from Hobart, around Bruny Island and back, sprang a severe leak south of Bruny Island, 23 February 1902. Filling rapidly, the six crew beached her at Cloudy Bay on the southern end of Bruny Island, and were only just able to crawl along the mast to safety before she went to pieces.

Mabel. Fishing boat. Unregistered. Parted from her moorings at Trumpeter Bay, Bruny Island during a heavy south-westerly gale and went ashore, wrecked, 29 December 1895. [TS1]

Mabel. Fishing-vessel. Unregistered. Master Frederick Furness. Totally wrecked at Pleasant Boat Harbour, north-east coast Tasmania, during a gale, 27 July 1902.  All saved.  [TS2]

Macquarie. Schooner. Involved in rescue - see schooner Retriever, lost Tasmania, 1856. [TS1]

Macquarie. Steel steam hopper dredge, 255/104 tons. # 124539. Built at Renfrew, Scotland, 1908. Hobart 1/1909. Lbd 123.2 x 23.1 x 9.4 ft. She had a speed of 8 knots and a hopper with a capacity of 200 tons which could be loaded in 45 minutes. Used to keep the entrance to Macquarie Harbour, (Hell’s Gates), Tasmania, clear. Worked on the Derwent from 1968 then laid up in Prince of Wales Bay, Tasmania, 1974. Hulk scuttled off Betsey Island, between the dredge William Cowper and tug Swiftness scuttled there in 1979, 17 December 1984.This vessel replaced the steam dredge of the same name built at Strahan in 1902, and used to keep Hells Gates clear; hulked at Strahan, Tasmania. [LH],[LHG],[TS2]

Madeline. Fishing vessel.  Reported to have been lost in Tasmanian waters, 1 September 1959.  [TS2]

Madonna. Schooner, 32 tons. Built on the Huon River, Tasmania, 1847; reg. Hobart, 39/1847, 32/1848. Lbd 56.5 x 14.1 x 5.0 ft. Master/owner William Young.  Struck by a heavy squall and carried onto the rocks at Cartwright’s Point, while on her way up the Derwent with timber, 7 June 1849. All hands saved.  [TS1]

Maggie. Floating dock. Built 1893. Launceston Marine Board. At the end of her career, towed to Tamar Island, northern Tasmania, and scuttled, 21 June 1962.  [TS2]

Maggie Laurie. Cutter, 13 tons. # 32132. Built at Hobart, 1859 (the register incorrectly states 1861) as a yacht; registered at Hobart 23/1864. Lbd 41.3 x 10.5 x 5.6 ft. Regsiter closed in 1917 with a comment that she had been broken up at Browns River (Kingston) Beach in 1878.  This was presumably as the result of a mishap. [TS1]

Magic. Yacht, 28 ft. Built at Hobart, 1884. Capsized in strong winds between Partridge Island and Port Esperance at the southern end of the DÆEntrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, 26 December 1902. [TS2]

Mahinapua. Steamship, 458 tons, grounded on the bar at Hell’s Gates, entrance to Macquarie Harbour but floated off undamaged, 18 November 1898. Was attempted to tow the stricken steamer Grafton through Hell’ss Gates, Macquarie Heads, Tasmania, without success. The Graafton had already hit the bar, and the passengers had been transfered to the Mahinapua.  [LHG],[TS1],
On 24 April 1900, when inward bound to Strahan from Hobart, stuck on the bar at Hell’s Gates but was refloated,  [LHG]

Maid of Australia. Brigantine, 77 tons. Built at Brisbane Water, NSW, 1834; reg. Sydney, 6/1834. Lbd 51-4 x 19-10 x 9-10 ft. Captain Thomas Young. Sailed from Sydney for Hobart on her maiden voyage on 8 June 1834 under the command but was never seen or heard from again.[TS1]

Maid of the Mill. Unregistered coastal vessel.  From Launceston for the aboriginal settlement at Flinders Island, with stores, ashore at Half Moon Bay, between George Town and Tamar Heads, 27 January 1843.  All hands landed safely and the stores recovered. The vessel was refloated with casks two days later but was considered to have been damaged beyond repair. [TS1]
Also listed:
Maid of the Mill. Schooner, 42 tons. Built 1854; reg Hobart Town. Lost prior to 1874. [ASR]

Maid of Erin. Brig, 152 tons. # 31986. Built at Sydney, 1847; reg. Hobart 29/1851. Lbd  72.4 x 20.0 x 12.5 ft. Whaler out of Hobart, then entered the timber trade. Parted her cables in a gale whilst anchored at Port Davey, struck an offshore reef, 26 June 1877. Crew managed to get a boat ashore, and all hands reached Hobart on board the ketch Emerald Isle. Ketch Ethel Cuthbert left Launceston on 22 July to recover salvage, but lost with all hands on the west coast Tasmania. [TS1]
On 22 October 1853 was reported ashore near Recherche Bay.
In 1870, involved in rescue - see whaling brig Victoria, lost Tasmania.
On 30 April 1877, ran down and sank the trading vessel Eclipse off Crayfish Point, Tasmania,. No lives lost. [TS1]

Maile. Three-masted topsail schooner, 260/237 tons. # 87514. Built at Whangaroa, NZ, 1884; reg. Auckland 28/1884. Lbd 125.7 x 26.6 x 11.7 ft.  Captain W. S. Lane. sailed from Launceston for Whangaroa, New Zealand, in Fenruary 1893 with crew of ten and the wife and child of the mate, but not seen again. Wreckage found by Launceston’s steam tug Wybia in mid-April 1893, on Waterhouse Island, north-east Tasmania, bore the name Maile. [TS1]

Maitland - see Matelynd.  [TS2]

Maitland. Iron steamship, tug and harbour tender, 149/40 tons. # 89420.  Built Hylton, Sunderland, UK, 1885;  reg.Launceston 1/1930. Lbd 100.0 x 18.2 x 9.5 ft. Ran in the Gippsland trade then transferred to the Devonport - Sydney run in 1903. Dismantled in 1929. Scuttled in 15 fathoms at Spring Bay, River Tamar, 15 December 1955. [TS2],[LPA]

Malcolm. Schooner. Captain Langworthy. Involved in rescue - see schooner Swansea Packet, east coast Tasmania, 1876.

Mangana. Steamer, 752 tons. Built 1876. Owned by the tasmanian Steam Navigation Company.  Afetr her useful life, converted into a hulk and towed to Adelaide, February 1901. (Still there in 1928). [DG]
Ran into and sank the cutter Ruth five miles from Launceston, 6 November 1884. [TS1]

Margaret. Schooner, 49 tons. # 40932. Built at Twofold Bay, 1839; reg. Launceston 7/1868. Lbd 47.5 x 15.2 x 8.5 ft. Master and part-owner Captain Edward Taylor. From Melbourne for the Mersey River, north-coast Tasmania, stranded on a sand-bar about two hundred yards from the beach near Port Sorell Point. Crew reached safety. Some salvage reached Launceston on board the cutter Ripp in August; the schooner went on to rocks and broke up. [TS1]

Margaret. Cutter, 25 tons. Unregistered. Collided with and was sunk by the paddle steamer Newcastle,  off Barnard’s Point, River Tamar, Tasmania, 8 March 1890.  When a collission appeared inevitable, the two crew took to the dinghy. Refloated on 27 March by her owner but determined to be a complete loss. [TS1]

Margaret. Motor launch, 22 ft . Built Launceston around the 1940s. Wrecked at Beauty Point on the Tamar River when parted from her moorings in a south-easterly gale, sometime in the 1940s. [TS2]

Margaret Chessel. Involved in salvage of cargo - see brig Emma Prescott, lost tasmania, 1867.

Margaret John. Motor vessel, crayboat,  LFB No.550 (RK4), 17 tons. Built  New Norfolk, Tasmania, 1968; unregistered. Lbd 39.2 x 12.3 x 6.7 ft. Abandoned when about to sink as a result of hitting rocksnear South-West Cape, Tasmania, 19 November 1970.  [TS2]

Margaret Rose. Motor cray-fishing vessel, 39 ft. Unregistered. It is believed that the Margaret Rose was originally the Kerbar, a 40ft. ketch-rigged auxiliary yacht built at Launceston by Colin Scott in 1949. Master-owner Keith Williamson. Wrecked ashore in heavy wather,  south-west coast of Flinders Island, night of 13-14 March 1958. Two crew safe.

Margaret. Abalone boat, LFB No.352 (RD8), 2.6 tons, 20 ft. Ex Vena, renamed August 1970. Skipper-owner Geoffrey Valentine. Hit by a huge wave between Sloop Rocks and Cape Sorell, Tasmania, completely broke up under the force of the water and sank, 28 November 1970. Skipper and hand forced to swim two or three miles to shore, both wearing their wet-suits, where they walked to Cape Sorell. [TS2]

Maria. Whaling schooner, 28 tons. Built at Hobart, 1831; reg. Hobart, 1/1836, 4/1836. Lbd 38-4 x 13-10 x 6-2 ft. An upturned vessel, sighted variously off south-east Tasmania, and off Cape Pillar, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, in June and July 1836 could well have been the Maria. She was sighted by the brig Tigress, Captain Eggleton on 8 June 1836; by the barque Francis Freeling on 4 July; and reported by Captain Pease of the American whaler Ansell Gibbs in January 1837. The Government schooner Eliza was sent off on what proved to be a fruitless search for any trace of the missing vessel.
Bateson suggests the wreck as that of the 48 ton schooner Friends, which had gone missing on the NSW coast some months earlier; Broxam and Nash suggest it could equally well have been the Maria. [TS1]

Maria. Barge.  (Barque?). Stranded, wrecked,  on a sand-bank at Louisa Bay, far south coast Tasmania, 20 March 1858. All hands landed safely.  She was on her way to load a cargo of fish for Melbourne at the time. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash note:
The unregistered Maria was probably the vessel of that name first noted late in 1850 as a trader between the Huon and Hobart.

Maria Goriainova.Steamship. See Nord. [TS2]

Maria Lady. Fibreglass catamaran launch,13-metre. Employed on the ferry run between Triabunna and Maria Island, Tasmania. Burnt out on the slip at Paddies Point, Triabunna, 16 September 1994. [TS2]

Maria Orr. Whaling barque, originally a full-rigged ship, 289 tons. Built Hobart, 1838; reg. Hobart, 5/1838. Lbd 88.0 x 24.1 x 17.0 ft. Master and part-owner  John McArthur. When anchored at Recherche Bay, in a gale drifted onto a reef just east of Kelly’s Point, went broadside on, and soon wrecked, 11 February 1846. One crew drowned. Abeona involved in rescue. [TS1],[ASW1 - barque, 280 or 288 tons]

Marie. Fishing boat, 35ft. Master-owner Reuben Ablitt. Wrecked off Three Hummock Island, western Bass Strait, night of 6 February 1958. Three crew safe. [TS2]

Marie Anne. Fishing vessel, cray-boat, 6 tons. Built 1963; unregistered. Lbd 28-8 x 9-9 x 4 ft. Master-owner Charles Smith. Wrecked ashore on Waterhouse Island, 26 August 1968.  [TS2]

Marie B. Motor fishing vessel, 10/9 tons. # 174387. Built at Prince of Wales Bay, Hobart, 1947; reg. Hobart 13/1948. Lbd 41.2 x 13.6 x 6.0 ft. Master-owner Horace Knott. Wrecked after going on rocks at Sandy Cape, Tasmaniaa, 23 March 1960. [TS2]

Marie Laure. Whaler. Involved in rescue - see schooner Gem, lost Tasmania, 1857. [TS1]
In 1870, tried to assist the stricken brig Victoria off Breaksea Island, Tasmania, 1870.

Marie Louisa. Schooner, 78 tons. # 40896. Built possibly USA; reg. Melbourne 23/1859. Lbd 73.3 x 19.2 x 8.0 ft.  Wrecked at Port Sorell, possibly during the same gale that destroyed David Howie’s cutter Ebenezer. [TS1]

Marie Louise. Ketch, 23 tons. Built 1864; reg Hobart Town. Lost prior to 1874. [ASR]

Marie Mae. Steel motor fishing vessel. # 853997. Built George Town, north-east Tasmania,  1982. Lbd 12.75 x 3.96 x 2.28 metres. Master-owner Darryl Stephens. On a voyage from Strahan to Devonport, hit by two huge waves and capsized, sank, off Eagle Rock on the north-western side of The Nut, north-west Tasmania,  2 September 1997. Master drowned.  [TS2]

Mariner. Cutter, 15 tons. # 32226. Built at Launceston, 1854; reg. Launceston 8/1854, 4/1860. Lbd 33.2 x 12.0 x 5.0 ft. Inward bound from the Mersey River with coal when ‘the bottom dropped out of her’ and she foundered off Hebe Reef, Tamar Heads, north coast tasmania, 19 June 1861. One of two crew drowned.
Broxam and Nash express doubt as to the validity of her date of construction as they also report:
Mariner. Wooden boat. Competed in the Tamar Regatta in January 1849 and sank in a squall off Pig Island flats, 24 February 1849. No loss of life.

Mariner.  Ketch. # 52430. Built at Whangape, New Zealand, 1867; reg. Auckland 14/1871, Sydney 48/1889, Melbourne 11/1891, Launceston 8/1898, Hobart 5/1917. Length 51 ft., lengthened in 1871 to 83.4 x 17.0 x 6.3 ft. Register shows her as an auxiliary schooner of 61/46 tons, built at Paynesville, Victoria in 1867, but she was actually rebuilt in Victoria. Fitted with an auxiliary engine in 1917 but later removed. Captain Blom. In strond winds, drifted on to the reef off Nine Pin Point, Tasmania, and wrecked stern forst on the rocks, 28 September 1925. Crew saved. SS Bass, equipped with 40 casks, attempted to refloat her without success.
On 26 August 1887, stranded near Whangarei, NZ, refloated.
On 7 December 1889, stranded on the Victorian coast near Lakes Entrance, and was initially believed a total loss.  Sold and rebuilt at Paynesville; reregistered at Melbourne in July 1891 .
On 10 February 1898, from Hobart to Port Adelaide with timber, stranded at East Telegraph Bay, Three Hummock Island, north-west Tasmania. Although later refloated, the ketch Earl of Ulverstone (qv) engaged in the salvage operations was totally wrecked nearby.
On 31 July  1898, ashore at Emu Bay and again suffered considerable damage.
On 4 July 1902, blown ashore at Picnic Point, Ulverstone, Tasmania, and severly damaged.  Refloated and yet again extensively rebuilt. [TS2]

Marion. River craft, 10 tons. Unregistered. Sailed from Hobart for the Flower Pot, on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, on 15 March 1853, with two crew and a passenger, but failed to arrive. Wreckage, including the vessel’s hatch covers and a bunk, was found on Bruny Island and it was generally believed she had come to grief in a gale that sprang up later the day she had sailed. [TS1]

Marlainne K. Motor fishing vessel, 13/10 tons. # 196980. Built at Port Esperance, Tasmania, 1954; reg. Hobart 2/1957, as the Kent D. Lbd 35.0 x 11.0 x 6.0 ft. Sklipper-owner Colin Cox. Broke adrift from her moorings while unmanned and sank at Bicheno, 8 August 1968.  [TS2]

Maroo, steel motor fishing vesselL.F.B. No. 1930, was a  of 53 tons, 17.9 metres. The deckie at the helm fell asleep and the vessel crashed into Sterile Island  when returning to Hobart, 26 February 1985. Crew of four winched off by a police helicopter.

Marquis of Salisbury.  Ketch (register describes her as a schooner), 15 tons. # 31937. Built at Oyster Cove, Tasmania, 1851; reg. Hobart 52/1852. Lbd 40.6 x 11.5 x 5.0 ft. Master/owner Edward Pillinger. Ashore, wrecked, in a gale whilst at anchor at Pipeclay Lagoon, South Arm, Tasmania, 8 July 1860. [TS1]

Mars. Schooner, 40 tons. Lbd 44 x 14-4 x 7 ft. Built at Charity Creek, NSW, 1831; reg.Hobart, 2/1835.  Captain William Hollis. Sailed from Slopen Island for Hobart with a cargo of coal on 5 May 1837, but failed to arrive. The captain and crew of three lost. Despite the short distance of her trip no trace was ever found, and it was considered that she may have been blown out into Storm Bay before sinking in a gale that sprang up soon after she sailed.  [TS1]
In August 1832, stranded at Adventure Bay, Tasmania.
In 1832, involved in salvage - see brig Brenda, Swan Island, Tasmania.

Martha & Jane. Schooner, 86 tons. # 59568. Built at Emu Bay, 1869; reg. Launceston 9/1870,  Melbourne 18/1871. Lbd 91.0 x 20.4 x 7.9 ft. Master-owner Alexander Logan.  Sprang a leak and abandoned about twenty-three miles north-east of Table Cape, Tasmania, 6 April 1878. Crew saved. [TS1]

Marty J.  Fishin vessel,  1.5 tons, 4.3 metres. Lost Tasmanian waters, 30 April 1976. [TS2]

Mary. River craft. Identity uncertain. Possibly schooner, 14 tons. Built at Hobart; 1839; reg. Hobart, 6/1839, 3/1843, 16/1852, 35/1841. Lbd 33.0 x 10.9 x 5.5 ft. Wrecked on a voyage between Hobart and Oyster Cove and Port Cygnet, November 1852. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash state:
Uncertainty arises as there was also another Mary then in service which was wrecked in 1861, and in 1850 there was clearly also an unregistered Mary in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel trade (see also the vessel of that name seized by convicts late in 1851).

Mary. Sloop, 41 tons. Built at Hobart, 1840; reg. Hobart  3/1840, 16/1842.  Lbd  43.0 x 13.7 x 8.8 ft. There is no trace of the vessel after 4 May 1843. [TS1]

Mary. Schooner, 17 tons. # 32062. Built at Sorell, Tasmania, 1841; reg. Hobart 35/1841, 11/1854. To Hobart with timber, lost in Sister’s Bay during a major gale which wrought havoc in south-east Tasmania, 7 July 1861. See also cutter Recherche. [TS1],[ASR - 16 tons, lost prior to 1874]

Mary. Auxiliary cutter, 15/12 gtons. # 57602. Built at Port Cygnet, Tasmania, 1876; reg. Hobart 5/1880, 3/1912.  Lbd 47.0 x 13.4 x 4.0 ft. Between 1952 and 1962 was named Flying Spray. Blown from her moorings at Cremorne, Tasmania; wrecked ashore at Spec Island, January 1965.
On 11 November 1890, hit by a heavy squall off Crayfish Point and sank.   [TS2]

Mary. Ketch. Capsized in a gale at The Narrows, Port Esperance, Tasmania, 1906. [TS2]

Mary & Elizabeth. Brig, 82 tons. Built at Richmond, NSW, 1815. Lbd 56-6 x 19-7 x 11 ft. Originally named the Rosetta, was sold to the V.D.L. Government in 1818 and renamed Prince Leopold.  After thirteen years’ service supporting various penal settlements around the coast, sold at auction in August 1831 and purchased by her final owners, James Kelly and Thomas Lucas, reregistered at Hobart as the Mary & Elizabeth. Dragged her anchors in a gale, wrecked at Barnacle Island, Port Sorell, Tasmania, 30 May 1835. On 2 November 1831,  while on a voyage from Hobart to Launceston, stranded on St. George’s Rocks, off Cape Naturaliste. [TS1]

Mary Ann. Ketch. Master Richard Collins. Collided with the ketch Huon Pine in the Derwent, Tasmania, 1903.  [TS2]

Mary Ann. Schooner of 27 tons, 46.0 x 14.0 x 6.7ft. Built at Pittwater, Tasmania, 1850; reg. Hobart, 25/1850. Master Samuel Welch. Aground, lost, at the Bay of Fires, Tasmania, 12 August 1850. She had been chartered to assist in the salvage of the schooner Sylvanus which had stranded on the bar at the Sylvanus Channel, Port Albert, 2 July 1850. She was returning from the wrecksite with a cargo of salvage when lost.  [TS1]

Mary Ann.  Schooner. Involved in rescue - see schooner Laurita, lost Tasmania, 1859. [TS1]

Mary Burgess. Auxiliary fishing ketch, 49/41 tons. # 101786. Built Three Hummock Island, off north-west Tasmania, 1902; reg. Melbourne 17/1914. Lbd 67.9 x 17.3 x 7.6 ft. Parted from her anchors, ashore and wrecked, at Wineglass Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, night of 22-23 October 1916. Crew saved.  [TS2]

Mary Jane. Schooner, 22 tons. Built at Muddy Creek, River Tamar, 1838; reg. Launceston, 7/1842. Lbd 38.9 x 11.9 x 6.8 ft. Ashore at Lighthouse Point, Tamar Heads, and probably lost, May 1850. In October 1841,
ashore at the Leven River, Tasmania. In April 1844, ashote at Circular Head. In June 1845, ashore at Table Cape, Tasmania. [TS1]

Mary Laurie. Ketch,  56 gross. # 89315. Built at Camden Haven, NSW, 1884; reg. Melbourne, 13/1901. Lbd 77.4 x 20.8 x 6.4 ft. Master-owner Andrew McLeod. From Melbourne for Smithton with a cargo of bricks,  aground, wrecked, on Petrel Island, Hunter group, western Bass Strait, 22 December 1901. Crew of five landed safely and were later picked up by the fishing ketch Dart.

Mary Norling. Cutter-rigged motor fishing vessel, 29/26 tons. Ex Rowena, renamed 1939. # 153905. Built at Battery Point, Hobart, 1929; reg. Hobart 2/1939.  Lbd 55.3 x 15.3 x 6.2 ft. Skipper William James. Dismantled when she went aground passing over the St. Helens bar, Tasmania, 21 July 1979. No lives lost.  [TS2]

Mary R. Fishing vesseol, LFB No. 84 (TP2), 4 tons, 21 ft. Wrecked in a sinking condition, near Bicheno, mid-December 1981. [TS2]

Mary Smith. Schooner, 99 tons. # 31537. Built at Berwick-on-Tweed, UK, 1853; reg. Invercargill, NZ 3/1873. Lbd 79.0 x 18.8 x 9.6 ft. Captain David Stewart. Sailed from Hobart for Bluff, NZ, on 25 October 1873 but failed to arrive.  No trace of the missing vessel was ever found.
On 19 June 1856,  stranded at Yankalilla, SA, but after being sold as a wreck, was later refloated and repaired. [TS1]

Mary Stewart. Brig. Involved in rescue - see barque Rebecca, lost Tasmania, 1853. [TS1]
Also in 1853, involved in rescue - see brig W.& M. Brown, lost Tasmania, 1853.

Mary Virginia. Ketch, 93 gross. # 112527. Built at Balmain, NSW, 1901 as the Albatros; reg. Port Adelaide 1/1903. Lbd 88.2 x 22.1 x 7.5 ft. Renamed 1913. Captain George Atwell.  From Port Adelaide for Launceston, ran up on Black Reef at the entrance to the Tamar, north coast Tasmania,  17 May 1919. All saved. Vessel broke up several days later.  [TS2]

Mary Wadley. Barquentine, 159 grt. # 71808. Built Macleay River, NSW, 1874; reg. Hobart 7/1888. Lbd 112.5 x 21.3 x 9.8 ft. Master John Thomas Shimmins, Jnr.Ashore in a gale, wrecked, Garden Island Creek, 22 April 1901. All hands saved.  [TS2]

Matelynd. Fishing boat, 9 tons. Built 1949; unregistered. Lbd 31.5 x 11.0 x 4.5 ft. Dragged her anchors, wrecked ashore at The Gulch, Bicheno, Tasmania, 22 June 1975. (Misnamed Maitland by the press). [TS2]

Matilda. Double-ended ketch, 13 tons. # 32160. Built at Hobart, 1867; reg. Hobart 7/1867. Lbd  42.0 x 11.5 x 4.6 ft.  Master-owner Peter Neilsen. From Port Davey to Melbourne with a load of trumpeter, sought shelter at Rocky Heads, Tasmania, but parted all three cables  and she went onto the rocks, wrecked, 16 January 1881. Crew landed safely.   Her first owner, David Wilson, fell overboard and drowned off South Cape on 23 November 1875. [TS1]
Also listed:
Matilda. Fishing boat. Involved in rescue - see fishing boat Edward & Joseph, lost Tasmania, 1880.

Mattawan. See barque Sea Gull. Lost Bass Strait, 1879.  [TS2]

Maud Myra. (Maud Mira). Passage boat. Unregistered. Possibly built Hobart, 1871. Possible lbd 40 x 8 x 3 ft. Sank off Shepherd’s Point, Tasmania, 23 December 1882. Two drowned, both sons of the owner. A diver from HMS Nelson, Abel Worth, was sent down to investigate, however he died of suffocation, apparently “due to his cap getting caught in the air line”. [TS1]

Mavis. Fishing vessel, abalone boat, 13 tons. Built 1925; unregistered. Lbd  40.0 x 10.5 x 6.0 ft. Master-owner Leslie James HaighRan aground on the middle shoal of George's Bay bar, Tsmania, 9 July 1968. The vessel capsized; all six men on board clung to its upturned hull from where they were rescued by other boats. After much effort with seven boats and 30 men, the Mavis was refloated and brought to the St. Helens slip.  However, she was declared a constructive total loss and presumably abandoned or scrapped.   [TS2]

Max. Motor launch. Built Launceston; unregistered. Lb 30 x 7 ft. Lost or damaged beyong repair due to devastating floods in the Launceston, Tamar River basin, April 1929.  [TS2]

May Jennings. Schooner, 61 tons. # 83871. Built at Stockton, NSW, 1882; reg. Melbourne 25/1889. Lbd  74.8 x 19.3 x 6.4 ft. Captain Rawson. Sailed from Penguin, north-west Tasmania, for Sydney, on 12 August 1890,  with a cargo of blackwood timber and potatoes but failed to arrive. She was believed to have foundered in heavy gales that developed two days after she sailed, but despite extensive searches by the Victorian Government steamer Lady Loch, no trace of the missing schooner was ever found. [TS1],[ASR]

May Newton. Three-masted schooner, 215 tons. # 75003. Built on the Manning River, NSW, 1878; reg.  Sydney 1/1879. Lbd 144.0 x 22.8 x 8.9 ft. Captain Robert Newton. Sailed from Strahan, Tasmania, for Maryborough, Queensland, on 2 December 1892, but failed to arrive. The Victorian Government steamer Lady Loch was sent to investigate the Bass Straits islands, but found no trace of the missing vessel. She may have capsized after the deck cargo of timber shifted.  However, it is also possible that the long, narrow and shallow hull had suffered structural failure as a result of the concentrated weight of her cargo. [TS1],[ASR]

May Queen. Ketch. Collided with the steam ferry Kangaroo, Tasmanian waters, 19 December 1925. Both masters deemed negligent. [TS2]

Mayfield. Steel, four masted barque, 2285/2176 tons. # 98695. Built at Greenock, Scotland,1892; reg. Glasgow. Lbd 277.5 x 42 x 24.2 ft. Captain Thomas Roberts. Lost in a gale off Swan Island, north-eastern tip of Tasmania, 5 February 1905. A frequent visitor to Australia, sailed from Geelong on the 2 February 1905 with a crew of twenty-eight and 30,000 bags of wheat for Queenstown, Ireland. Three days out, she encountered a gale; the decks were washed by huge waves and the crew had to lash themselves to the rigging. Next day, some of the crew reached the Tasmanian mainland in the port boat, but failed in an attempt to return to the wreck in a whaleboat belonging to the lighthouse. A second attempt later in the day was successful, and this time took off the mate and eight hands, leaving the captain and six others still in the rigging. The steamer Koonookarra hove in sight on 9 February and rescued the remaining men.  [ASW6],[LAH],[TS2]
Broxam and Nash report:
SS Koonookarra rescued nine men in a boat  off Cape Naturaliste.  The Swan Island whaleboat reached the wreck and rescued the remaining six men, who had been thirty-seven hours in the rigging and were suffering considerably from cold and starvation.  Shortly afterwards the Koonookarra arrived and took all of the crew of the wrecked barque on board. [TS2]

Mayflower. Brigantine, 76 tons. # 31666. Built at the River Forth, north coast Tasmania, 1854; reg. Launceston 10/1854. Lbd 70.6 x 17.6 x 8.3 ft. Captain W. Spain. From Melbourne to Port Frederick, Tasmania,  caught by a strong north-westerly breeze and drifted onto rocks, wrecked, entering the Inglis River, Tasmania, 3 November 1864. [TS1]
On 10 October 1856, stranded at Don Heads, north coast Tasmania, damaging her keel.

McGoo II. Abalone boat, 2 tons, 17.9 ft.  Master-owner Michael Hugh McGuigan. Capsized by an unexpectedly heavy swell with a diver below - diver and deckie safe. The boat drifted ashore and broke up. [TS2]

Medora. Brig, 222 tons. Built at Deptford, UK,  1832; reg. Melbourne, 165/1853. Lbd 89-2 x 23- 7 x 15-10 ft. Captain W. Kirkins. On fire due to a galley mishap whilst at anchor at Tamar Heads, scuttled, 31 July 1854. She was burnt almost to the waterline, but after being purchased by shipbuilder John Griffiths, was  refloated and towed to Launceston where her cargo was discharged, and she was cut down for use as a lighter. [TS1]

Melba. Motor vessel,  Built Port Cygnet, Tasmania, 1921, Lbd 33.44 x 8.05 x 3.58 metres. In 1954, was extensively rebuilt at Hobart as a vehicular ferry serving Bruny Island.

Melba. Wooden steamer, 190/104 tons. # 151548.. Built at Port Cygnet, Tasmania, 1921 as a cargo steamer for the river trade out of Hobart. Lbd 109.7 x 26.4 x 9.6 ft. The last wooden river steamer to be built in Tasmania. Converted to a vehicular ferry for the Kettering-Bruny Island crossing in 1954; became redundant when the Harry O’May was brought from Hong Kong when the Tasman Bridge collapsed. Now abandoned in Prince of Wales Bay, Tasmania. [LH - 221 tons]
Sank at Macquarie Wharf, Port of Hobart; demolished where she lay, around 1990. [TS2]

Melbourne. Steamship. Involved in the search for the misssing schooner Amelia J, Bass Strait, 1920. [TS2]

Memento. Barque,  464 tons. # 28308. Built Scotland, 1860; reg. Newcastle 7/1863. Lbd 142.8 x 28.8 x 17.3 ft. Captain J. Ruwald. From Newcastle for Melbourne with coal, blown toward the Tasmanian coast in gales, struck a reef off the Foster Islands, Cape Portland, north-east Tasmania, 3 November 1877. The master was washed overboard in huge seas and drowned. The crew of ten took to the rigging, where two died from exposure before conditions had calmed sufficiently for the survivors to reach shore.  They lived on provisions recovered from the wreck until the schooner Secret picked them up; then to Hobart on SS Truganini. [TS1]

Memory. Motor fishing vessel, LFB No. 536 (TAF),  7 tons. Built 1932. Lbd 30.0 x 9.2 x 4.5 ft.
Sank in deep water four miles north of Eddystone, Tasmania, 4 March1972. She was under tow having sustained a leak which disabled her engine.   [TS2]

Meninga. Auxiliary fishing cutter, 17/9 tons. # 124555. Built Hobart, 9/1913. Lbd 48.0 x 12.0 x 5.5 ft. With the anchor line fouling the propeller, drifted onto the rocks, wrecked, at the southern end Trumpeter Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, 15 August 1922. Crew saved.  [TS2]

Mercury. Brig. Involved in salvage - see brig Robin Hood, Tasmania, 1884.

Mersey. Launch. Unregistered.  Sank off Brown’s River, Tasmania, whilst under tow by SS Beautiful Star, 30 January 1904.  [TS2]

Meteor. Coastal steamer, 32/22 tons. # 83694. Built at Jervis Bay, NSW, 1881; reg. Sydney 73/1882. Lbd  65.8 x 14.2 x 5.4 ft. Captain Green. Left Wynyard for Burnie, Tasmania, with potatoes,  sprang a severe leak when about seven miles off the Cam River; crew abandoned, vessel sank, 14 April 1893. [TS1],[ASR]
On 24 January 1891, under Captain Leask, stranded at Pieman Heads, north west coast;refloated and reached Devonport for repairs.

Midge. Cutter, 10 tons. Unregistered. Captain Johnstone. From Circular Head to Table Cape, Tasmania,  with timber, was driven eastwards by heavy weather and forced to shelter at Emu Bay where she parted  her anchors and was driven ashore, wrecked, 20 September 1868. The two crew landed safely. [TS1]

Milly. River craft. Unregistered. Ashore in a gale, presumed lost, between the Caves and Kangaroo Bluff, Tasmania, 15 June 1877. [TS1]

Mimosa. Schooner. Involved in rescue - see Katharine Sharer, Tasmania, 1855. [TS1]

Minx. Coastal steamer, 57/34 tons. Built at North Shore, Sydney, NSW, 1878; reg. Launceston 1/1889. Lbd  75.6 x 15.6 x 7.2 ft. Captain G. Bennett. Sank off north-east coast Tasmania after springing a leak when she hit the sandbar at the bar of the Boobyalla River, 6 February 1894. She had been towing the keetch Undine and cutter Tasman, and had just released the Undine when she hit the bar. The crew of the Tasman assisted in saving those on the Minx. [TS1]
In October 1893,  ashore about a quarter of a mile from the entrance to the Ringarooma River, north-east Tasmania.
In 1886, involved in rescue - see steamer Esk, Tasmania.

Minx. Steamer. Involved in rescue and salvage - see ketch Hero, Tasmania, 1903.  [TS2]

Mischief. Fishing boat, possibly 4 tons. Unregistered. Capsized in a squall, sank off Woody Island, 21 March 1921. Crew of two landed safely. [TS2]

Miss Evelyn. Ketch, 12 gross. # 117414. Built Port Pirie, SA, 1903 as the Evelyn. 47.0 x 14.2 x 4.4ft. Remeasured and renamed at the time of being reregistered at Port Adelaide10/1948; auxiliary ketch, 27/22 tons, lbd 50.4 x 14.1 x 4.6 ft. Sailed from Port Adelaide for a cruise to the Pacific Islands on 12 August 1949; encountered gales two days later which left her dismasted, her engine broken down, and the deck badly damaged.  The derelict vessel drifted eastwards for a further nine days before being abandoned some 30 miles from Curtis Island in Bass Strait. Crew of two landed safely. Rescued by the fishing boat Loch Lomond. Wreckage from the sunken ketch drifted ashore at Phillip Island on the Victorian coast towards the end of the month. [TS2]

Miss Julie II. Fishing boat, 1.5 tons, 18ft. Unregistered. Wrecked at Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania, 6 January 1964.  [TS2]

Mistral. Cutter, 7 tons. Built Long Bay, Tasmania, 1888. Wrecked on the beach near Half Moon Bay, South Arm, Tasmania, 5 April 1928.
Broxam and Nash list this incident as an unknown vessel, possibly the yacht Mistral. [TS2]

Misty. Fibreglass abalone boat, 5.5 metre. Upended by a huge wave whilst the diver was down, off Whale Head, Tasmania, 24 October 1983. On surfacing he saw the boat capsized and deckhand with a chest injury. They made shore with some difficulty and struggled up the coast for four hours before being rescued. [TS2]

Moana, fishing vessel L.F.B. No. 302 (TH4),  4 tons, 24.8  built,  between 1947 and 1957. Destroyed in a gale, Bicheno, Tasmania, 25 March 1972.  [TS2]

Mollie. Motor-launch, 36 ft. Master-owner John Hubbard.  Left George Town for Hobart on a cruise, but failed to arrive, 1980s. She was a former ferry launch that had operated across the Mersey River for the Marine Board of Devonport. [TS2]

Monika. Auxiliary motor fishing vessel, LFB No. 318 (TPB), 6 tons, 28 ft. Skipper-owner Terry Hilyard. Wreckd ashore, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania, 14 November 1979. [TS2]

Moonah. Coastal steamer, 95/49 tons. # 57629. Built at Hastings, Tasmania, 1890; reg. Hobart, Melbourne 3/1909.  Lbd 83.0 x 20.5 x 8.1ft. Master Roland Howell. From Hobart for the east coast ports, Tasmania, ashore in a gale, broadside onto Nine Mile Beach near the entrance to the Meredith River, near Swansea, Tasmania, 17 June 1925. The Koomeela sent to her assistance, without success.
In 1909, collided with the ketch Priscilla, off Long Bay in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, 1909. [TS2],[LPA - built Jervis Bay, 1902],[ASR]
According to ASR, a ketch by this name, 97 tons, was built in 1902, reg. Auckland, wrecked Fiji Group, May 1925.

Moonbi. Fishing vessel, 90 tons. Built Sydney, 1914; unregistered. Length 60 ft. Missing with a crew of five out of Port Franklin, Victoria, after she left on a fishing trip towards the Furneaux Group on 2 January 1945. Extensive air and sea searches failed to find any trace of the missing vessel.  Waterfront rumour was that she had been accidentally sunk by RAAF aircraft which used the islands south of Wilsons Promontory for target practice.
In December 1934, ashore at West St. Kilda, Victoria. [TS2]

Moonda. Motor fishing vessel, 40/29 tons. # 317558. Built Hobart, 1966; reg. Hobart 3/1966. Lbd 47.2 x 14.7 x 6.5 ft. Skipper Ben Singh. After labouring in heavy seas, with waves up to twenty metres in height, she started to leak; overturned seven kilometres off Arthur River, Tasmania, 3 September 1982. Two of the three crew drowned.. [TS2]

Morning Light. Ketch, 21 tons. # 79293. Built at Penguin, north coast Tasmania, 1891; reg. Launceston 2/1891. Lbd 57.8 x 13.8 x 4.9 ft. Captain Henry Edwards. From Strahan to Stanley, ashore at Davidsons Bay, near Cape Grim on the far north-west coast Tasmania, 31 January 1895. [TS1]

Morning Light. Fishing ketch. Unregistered. Ashore at Safety Cove, Port Arthur, Tasmania, during a north-easterly gale, 12 June 1885.  Crew landed safely. The ketch appears to have been lost.
In 1883, i nvolved in rescue - see SS Tasman, lost Tasmania, 1883.

Morning Light. Auxiliary motor yacht. Unregistered. Ashore, wrecked, Kingston Beach, Tasmania, 4 June 1939.  [TS2]

Morning Star. Schooner, river craft. Unregistered. Wrecked ashore off Cox’s Beach, Derwent River, Tasmania, within half a mile of the schooner Letitia, 13-14 May 1855. On 11 March 1854, had capsized while on a voyage from Recherche to Hobart with the loss of one life, but was later refloated. [TS1]
Also listed:
Morning Star. Passage boat. Unregistered. Master-owner Benjamin McNulty. Driven ashore at Simpson’s Bay, Tasmania, where she soon broke up, 11 August 1877. Crew of two saved. [TS1]

Mountain Maid. Cutter, 11 tons. # 73513. Built at Gravelly Beach, River Tamar, Tasmania, 1878; reg. Launceston 5/1876. Lbd 34.6 x 11.6 x 5.8 ft.  Captain T. W. Gay. From Penguin Creek for Launceston,
struck by a squall while approaching Tamar Heads, abandoned, and drifted ashore on Black Reef, where she broke up, 30 January 1881. [TS1]

Mountaineer. Cutter, 14 tons. Unregistered. First noted in the Mersey-Launceston coal trade in February 1855. Master/owner Captain Begent. Into launceston with produce, stranded, wrecked, on Barrel Reef at Tamar Heads, 29 March 1867. Crew landed safely. [TS1]
In 1863, involved in rescuee - see cutter Hope, lost Tasmania.

Moya Ann. Steel motor fishing vessel, L.F.B. 2361), 20 tons, 12.03 metres. Skipper Patrick Hursey (19 years old). Overwhelmed by a huge sea, pitch-poled bow over stern and sank, about 18 kilometres north of Table Cape, north-west Tasmania, 11 May 1986. The Moya Ann was on a rescue mission, with six other vessels, to locate and rescue a lone kayaker attempting to cross Bass Strait. The vessel had located two life rafts dropped by aircraft and was attempting to get alongside the rafts when the struct. The skipper went down with his vessel, whilst the other crewman was rescued by the fishing boat Albatross II. The kayaker has drowned by this time.
Broxam and Nash add:
The tragic loss of the fishing vessel Moya Ann ... brought resounding condemnation for adventurers risking the lives of others while seeking personal fulfilment. [TS2]

Moyne. Composite schooner, 92 tons. # 48427.Built at Footscray, Victoria, 1865; reg. Melbourne 12/1865. Lbd 105.2 x 20.6 x 5.4 ft. Captain Booth (see also ketch Dolphin). Hit the bar and wrecked when attempting to enter Pieman Heads, west coast Tasmania, 1 June 1867. With some difficulty, all hands landed safely. Once again Captain Booth was forced to walk overland to Circular Head, arriving eleven days later with several crew; picked up by the schooner Pat the Rover and returned to Melbourne. [TS1]

Musgrave. Originally a twin-screw steamship, 904/467 tons. # 89280. Built Port Glasgow,  1883, as the Fiona; reg. Brisbane 6/1908, Melbourne 5/1920, Hobart, February 1930. Lbd 211.1 x 30.2 x 15.4 ft. After several years lain up at Hobart, the hulk of the vessel was scuttled off Betsey Island, 29 June 1930.
In December 1921, ran aground on Woody Island in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania; refloated after some effort. [TS2]

Mustang. Abalone boat, 4.5 tons, 30 ft. Burst into flames, destroyed, near Dover, Tasmania, 19 April 1966. [TS2]

Mutine. Brig, 12-guns, 264 tons. Renamed Aladdin, lost in Tasmania, 1898. [TS1]

Mutineer. Steel yawl-rigged yacht, 11/10 tons. # 177213. Built Sandringham, Victoria, 1941; reg. Melbourne 2/1950. Lbd 30.7 x 10.8 x 4.5 ft. Missing while on a voyage across Bass Strait,  from Lorne to Launceston, February 1950.  [TS2]

Mystery. Schooner, 39 tons. Built at North-West Bay, Tasmania, 1847; reg. Hobart, 27/1847, 28/1848. Lbd 48.8 x 15.6 x 7.6ft.  Captain Thomas Sylvester Downes. Struck a rock when the wind changed whilst sheltering under Swan Island, 2 March 1850. Crew abandoned ship. During the following day the lighthouse keepers assisted the crew to salvage the cargo and much of the gear and fittings, before the Mystery broke up in a gale on the 4th. [TS1],[ASW1]

Mystery. Cutter-yacht, 18 tons. # 32087. Built at Peppermint Bay, Tasmania, 1859 (the register incorrectly states 1860); reg. Hobart  3/1853, 6/1860, 2/1867. Lbd 38.0 x 12.5 x 7.5ft Appears to have finished her days in the Pittwater-Hobart trade and is last noted as inward bound on 4 December 1865. Deleted from register in June 1872. [TS1],[ASR]
Broxam and Nash note:
It is possible that she later went to Launceston, as an otherwise identified cutter Mystery was engaged in the Tamar River trade in the early 1870s, and is noted suffering a fire in a cargo of lime on 30 November 1874
On 7 July 1861, driven ashore at Birch’s Bay  during a major gale which wrought havoc in south- east Tasmania.
In August 1862, parted from her moorings in a gale, in Cornelian Bay and drifted across to Montagu Point, from where stranded but was refloated.

Mystery. Coastal vessel. Ashore in a major storm, south of Hobart, August 1861. Recovered.  [TS1]

Mystery. Auxiliary ketch, 12 gross. # 57625. Built River Derwent, Tasmania, 1882; reg. Hobart 7/1890. Lbd 43.4 x 12.3 x 3.9ft. Ashore in a gale, Little Taylor's Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, 14 January 1926.  The hull was apparently dragged ashore and allowed to rot away.
On 5 July 1924, under Master Edward Sproul, rolled onto her side and sank in a squall off The Pigeon Holes, three miles from the South Arm jetty, Tasmania. The master and a son drowned. The Mystery was raised by the ketches Shannon and Huon Chief,  and towed back to Hobart.
On 4 August 1898, capsized off Woody Island, Norfolk Bay.
On 28 October 1901, stranded at Cox Bight, while on a voyage from Strahan to Hobart.
In September 1916, grounded on a reef at the northern end of Ralph's Bay, Tasmania. [TS2]

Mystery. Yacht. 21ft. Run down by the steamship Devon, near Hobart, 1894. Four crew miraculously escaped injury as the steamship passed right over the smashed yacht. [TS1]

Mystery. Fishing vessel. See Gundamair, lost Tasmania, 1964.  [TS2]

Mystery. Racing yacht - see fishing cutter Sunbeam.  [TS2]

Naiad. Schooner, 119 tons. Built at Bristol, UK, 1835; reg. London, 229/1839. Lbd 62.9 x 18.0 x 11.6ft. Captain Galt. Out of Hobart for Geelong, ran aground on the inner ledge of Black Reef off Cape Naturaliste, Tasmania, 29 August 1843. Around daylight the brig Abeona, Hobart to Launceston under Captain Blackbourne, hove to near the wreck, and picked up the crew, one passenger, a female, and a small quantity of gear.  After an unsuccessful attempt to beat into the Tamar, the Abeona continued on to Geelong. [TS1],[ASW1]

Nairana. Steamship, 3042 tons. Built Dumbarton, Scotlandfor Huddart Parker. Taken over by the Sdmiralty in 1917, and converted to a seaplane carrier. She had a fine career, including the capture of the armed enemy vessel Archangel in August 1818. Returned to the Tasmanian run, Melbourne to Launceston, after the Armistice, and later joined the fleet of Tasmanian Steamers Pty Ltd.

Nambucca. Fishing vessel, LFB. No. 485 (RH1), 27 tons. Lbd  47.0 x 14.5 x 7.2 ft. Skipper- owner Paul Morton. On fire, sank after being abandoned by the two crew,  about 14 miles north of Stoney Head, Tasmania, 6 February 1997.  [TS2]

Natal Queen. Barque, 241/202 tons. t# 54719. Built at Grangemouth, UK, 1866; reg. Hobart 9/1902. Lbd 113.8 x 23.5 x 12.7 ft. Master John Shimmins. Wrecked when drifted ashore onto rocks to leeward of the jetty at Adventure Bay, Tasmania, 24 June 1909. She slowly went to pieces over a lengthy period of time, and her remains are said to have been visible until recent years. [TS2]

Native Youth. Schooner, 51 tons. # 31992. Built at Hobart, 1842; reg. Hobart 24/1842, 30/1854, 4/1859.   Lbd 69.3 x 14.4 x 6.9ft. Originally a paddle steamer engaged in various trades around Hobart, her engine was removed and she was converted into a sailing vessel in 1854. In a squall, struck on a reef off Goose Island, Furneaux Group, wrecked, 2 November 1863. She had landed stores for the lighthouse. Crew of five rowed to Hobart, some three hundred miles away, in the schooner’s 18ft. boat, where they arrived, in an exhusted state, after a seven-day passage. [TS1],[ASR]
On 13 December 1843 the NativeYouth, as a steamer, was badly damaged when sparks from the funnel ignited the deck load of hay she was carrying from Camp Cove to Hobart. One man was injured when the funnel collapsed. The vessel managed to reach New Town Bay, where she was scuttled in eight feet of water, refloated on the next low tide, towed to Hobart, and repaired.
In 1856, involved in rescue - see Calcutta Lifeboat, lost Tasmania.
In 1861, involved in salvage - see steamer pirate, lost Tasmanian waters.
On 5 August 1863,  stranded at Port Seymour, east coast Tasmania, and after being refloated, headed for Hobart in a leaky state, and almost sank off Bruny Island.

Natone. Harbour steamer. Collided with the steamship Kawatiri, Macquarie Harbour entrance, 1 March 1902. [TS2]

Nautilus. Cutter. See Luck’s All. [TS2]

Nella Dan. Steel motor ship, 2187/1073 tons. Lbd 75.24 x 14.3 x 7.32 metres. Built Aalborg, Denmark, 1961; reg. Denmark. Dragged her anchors in very strong winds, ashore about a hundred yards from the Australian Antarctic Division base on Macquarie Island, 3 December 1987. Damaged beyond economical repair, towed about eight miles offshore and scuttled, with some difficulty. [TS2]

Nellie. Auxiliary ketch, 18/15 tons. # 57636. Built Hobart, 1894; reg. Hobart 2/1917. Lbd 49.1 x 13.4 x 5.4 ft. Master Alfred Green. From Woolnorth for Smithton, Tasmania, with sheep,  stranded on the sandspit at the entrance to Robbins Passage, 26 August 1919. The engine and some gear were salvaged but the vessel became a total wreck.  Only one of the sheep was saved.
In June 1916, stranded near Saltwater River, Lime Bay, Tasmania; refloated. [TS2]

Nelson. Iron steamship, 649/344 tons. # 74666. Built at Port Glasgow, 1876 by Blackwood, Gordon & Co.; reg. Melbourne 8/1890 by Huddart Parker & Co., who had purchased her from the Western Steam Navigation Company Ltd. only a few weeks before her loss. Lbd 200.0 x 25.5 x 19.4 ft.  Captain Frederick Carrington. From Melbourne to Launceston, struck Porpoise Rock in the Tamar River, Tasmania, 29 June 1890, and abandoned the following day, just before the vessel rolled off the reef and sank in deep water. The twenty-five crew saved. Captain Carrington was to lose his life on 25 December 1903 when his SS Coogee collided with the barque Fortunato Figari in Bass Strait. In 1923 the wreck of the Nelson was demolished with explosives as part of the removal of the Porpoise Rock. In April 1993 the dredge Goomai, engaged in further deepening works in the lower Tamar, brought up a four-by-five metre section of the Nelson’s stern, including the stern post and screw, which then underwent conservation work at the Low Head Pilot Station Museum. [TS1],[ASR],[LAH],[DG]
In January 1878, when employed in the trade between Warrnambool and Melbourne, hit  Lawrence Rocks, Portland Bay; little damage.
In April 1878, struck rocks off Cape Otway but was once again undamaged.
On Christmas Day 1881, ran into the SS Julia Percy off Apollo Bay, and suffered minor damage.

Nelson. Schooner, 13 tons. Possibly built 1819. Master Peter Stewart (?). Ashore on the eastern side of Hunter Island, (Three Hummock island), western Bass Strait, April 1827. All hands saved, however  a boat with eight crew and tradesmen to to repair and refloat the Nelsont was upset near the wreck and all hands were drowned. [TS1]

Neptune. Auxiliary ketch,  23 tons. # 191525. Built Triabunna, Tasmania, 1946;  reg. Hobart 18/1949.  Launched as the Neptune, but renamed when first registered at Hobart in 1949;  reverted to original name some time before her loss.  Lbd 49.0 x 13.1 x 6.0 ft. From Boat Harbout to Eddystone Point, disappeared, 18 October 1951. Two lost. The wreck was later discovered in 90 ft off Eddystone Point.  [TS2]

Nereus. Steel twin-screw steam bucket dredge. Built 1897 for the Hong Kong & Whampoa Dock Company; unregistered. Lbd 175.0 x 35.0 x 15.0 ft. Owned for many years by the Sydney Harbour Trust. In November 1930 the Neven Harbour Trust purchased her in Sydney from the Penguin Salvage Company. Captain Muir. On 10 January 1931, left Sydney, escorted by a fishing boat, but was forced to shelter at Jervis Bay where several of the crew deserted, and the captain resigned, the vessel apparently rolling alarmingly. The owners decided to engage the powerful tug St. Olaves to tow the dredge to Ulverstone; only a few hours from her destination, Captain Fitzgerald and crew signalled to the tug to slow downbut moments later the dredge capsized and sank, 12 February 1931. All saved except the mate who had apparently gone down with the vessel.  Captain Fitzgerald, however, had suffered serious head injuries, from which he later died. [TS2],[LAH]

Neti. Fishing vessel, 4.27 metres. Reported lost, presumably in Tasmanian waters, 26 July 1979. [TS2]

New Norfolk. Trans-Derwent punt. Swamped and sank while in mid-stream at New Norfolk, 17 July  1831. No loss of life. [TS1]

Newcastle. Paddle steamer, 1250 ton. Captain Frederick Carrington. Ran down and sank the cutter Margaret off Barnard’s Point, River Tamar, Tasmania, 8 March 1890. The steamer was not at fault. [TS1]

Newspaper Taxi. Yacht, 9.5 metres. Skipper-owner A. SprottWhile competing in the Three Peaks Yacht Race, lost her rudder off the east coast Tasmania, sank, 17 April 1995. Crew saved by  tanker Island Gas. [TS2]

Nijumi. Yacht, 11-metre. Built of strip-planked Huon pine at Rowella on the Tamar River, 1975. Skipper-owner Norman Newman. From Devonport for Hobart, running through Banks Strait in a howling gale when thrown on her beam-ends by a huge sea; later capsized, 9 December 1982. Three of the four crew drowned.  [TS2]

Nil Desperandum. Ketch, 31 tons. # 78170. Built at the Mersey River, Tasmania, 1881; reg. Launceston 2/1881. Lbd 55.5 x 16.5 x 5.6 ft. Captain Frederick Boucher. From Hobart for Beaconsfield, River Tamar, with timber, sought shelter under the lee of Waterhouse Island, where her anchors dragged and she went ashore on a sandspit, 23 June 1883. All hands saved. The ketch later drifted off the sandbar and went ashore on the south-eastern end of the island. [TS1]

Niree. Steamer, 160/86 tons. # 101787. Built at Berry’s Bay, Sydney, 1905; reg. Launceston 6/1905. Lbd 124.2 x 24.5 x 9.0 ft. The Niree, which had replaced the ill-fated Centennial, was replaced by a new vessel named Rowitta built at Hobart later in 1908.  This vessel is currently preserved as an exhibit at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum at Warrnambool, Victoria. Whilst  tied up at George Town, destroyed by fire, night of 9-10 January 1908. [TS2]

Niree. Auxiliary cutter, 24/18 tons, 44.2 ft. # 196996. Built Launceston, 1911; reg. Launceston 2/1911, Hobart 5/1960. Skipper-owner Noel Lade. Sank near Cape Naturaliste Bay, Tasmania, 29 June 1969.  [TS2]

Nisshin Maru No. 8. Steel motor tuna fishing vessel, 254 gross. Captain Nakayama. To Hobart for a mechanical inspection, hit Pedra Branca Rock, off the far south coast Tasmania,  and sank in deep water within a few minutes, 7 February 1973.  In the ensuing confusion only one of the crew of 22, engineer Yoshiichi Meguro, managed to clamber onto the rocks and escape drowning.  The fishing vessel Walrus rescued the survivor.
Broxam and Nash note:
The Nisshin Maru No. 8 disaster led to considerable improvements in communications between the various authorities that should have been able to mount a rescue operation many hours before this one was commenced. These included direct links between Japanese fishing boats and Australian shore stations, and correcting the inability of fishing vessels to directly contact warships and military aircraft, as they were unable to contact the Hobart emergency radio station which did not operate at night. [TS2]

Noeline I. Crayfishing vessel, LFB RP8, 20 tons, 14.71 metres. Skipper Phillip Spaulding. Struck a submerged rock. while setting craypots at East Pyramid Rock, west coast Tasmania, sank, 11 March 1996. Crew safe. [TS2]

Norab. Motor vessel, 187/65 tons. # 196406. Built San Diego, USA, 1928; reg. Sydney 20/1954. Lbd 103.6 x 22.3 x 10.2ft.  Originally a motor yacht served in New Guinea waters during the Second World War as a hospital ship, then a privately owned fisheries research vessel when lost. Captain Thomas Warren. Caught in the strong tidal current and hit rocks when entering Macquarie Harbour to shelter, 3 December 1954. The master was forced to beach the vessel on a sand-bank inside the Heads behind Entrance Island. Salvage preparations were made however on 6 December she rolled onto her side; abandoned as a total wreck.

Nord. Steel steamship, 1892/1057 tons. # 120170. Built at Greenock, Scotland, 1900; reg. London. Ex Maria Goriainova. Captain Maurice Mackay.  From Melbourne for Hobart with 12,000 cases of benzine, attempted to pass between the Hippolytes, ran over the submerged pinnacle that lies between the two rocks; she filled rapidly, and she sank, stern first, 8 November 1915. Fishing boat Volito, and steamer Breone assited in the rescue of the crew. [TS2]
@  Despite its depth of forty metres, the wreck of the Nord is popular with Scuba divers, being largely intact. [TS2] [TS2]

Nordicia. Motor cruiser. See Tahume.  [TS2]

Norma. Fishing vessel, 5 ton. Ex Noona, first licensed in 1941. Length 35 ft. Reg closed with comment 'boat a total wreck, 1 September 1947'. [TS2]

North America. Barque. See Derwent Hunter. [TS2]

North Star. Brig, 113 tons. # 32017. Built at Pittston, Maine, USA, 1849; reg. Hobart, 15/1861. Lbd 84.3 x 22.8 x 8.3 ft. Captain Grant. Sailed from Hobart for Melbourne with a cargo of produce;  forced to shelter under Swan Island from heavy gusts of wind, missed stays and wrecked on rocks stern first, 15 May 1862. Crew and passengers saved; SS Tasmania assisted in rescue. [TS1]

North Star. Cutter. Captain C. Taylor. Identified the wreckage of the ketch Ethel Cuthbert on the north-west coast Tasmania, 1878.

Novelty. Cutter, 8 tons. Unregistered. Built 1855. Lbd 34. x 8. x 3 ft. , drawing only a foot of water when empty and two feet when fully loaded, though heavily rigged.  Not be confused with another cutter of the same name that was reported ashore at Swan Bay, Indented Head, Victoria in September 1869, the crew later being accused of setting her ashore to defraud the insurers. Owner/master Alfred Fowler. Sailed from Launceston for Table Cape on 19 September 1866 but failed to arrive. [TS1]
On 11 July 1860, sank on the Tamar, drowning one crew.

Nubeena. Steamer, 138/93 tons. # 57630. Built Hobart, 1890; reg. Hobart 5/1891. Lbd 106.6 x 21.0 x 9.6 ft. Master John Franklin. While on one of her regular voyages from Tasman Peninsula to Hobart, wrecked at Roaring Beach, near Cremorne, Tasmania, 7 October 1910. All hands saved. Parts of the vessel were salavaged, some being used on the Cartela built in 1912, and others in a refit of the Huon in 1913. The lower hull, engine and boiler were left where they lay, and gradually sank into the sand. The remains of the boiler can still be seen at low water. [TS2]
On 6 September 1891,  under Captain Leask, stranded in the mud while entering the Gordon river, Tasmania; refloated.
On 27 February 1896, ran down and sank the ketch Alabama,  between Long Bay and The Flower Pots on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania. [TS1]
On 9 August 1904, under Captain J. J. Mason, left Port Esperance for the Tamar with a cargo of timber when ran aground near Garden Island, Tamar heads, Tasmania. Refloated after eight days.  [TS2]

Nyllavert. Cutter-rigged motor fishing vessel,  6 tons. # 191522. Built at Launceston, 1946; reg. Hobart16/1949. Lbd 31.8 x 9.7 x 4.8 ft. on rocks in bad weather, Eddystone Point on the far north-east coast Tasmania, 23 June 1960. Two crew safe. The fishing vessel Ripple towed the Nyllavert afloat on 7 July, but when off Anson's Bay the temporary repairs collapsed and , the Nyllavert sank in 26 fathoms. [TS2]

Oberon. Steamship. Involved in salvage - see schooner Louisa, lost Tasmania, 1859. [TS1]

Ocean Lass. Abalone boat, LFB No. 2742, 18 tons. Built 1988. Lbd 12.18 x 4.34 x 1.68 metres. Master Brian Yates, fell asleep at the wheel shortly after the vessel rounded South West Cape, and ran bow first into the sheer rock shelf and cliffs, 18 December 1988. Yates backed the vessel off and headed for Wilson's Bight to beach her, but she filled rapidly and sank when only half way across Karamu Bay. Four crew abandoned ship in the dinghy; rescued by the police launch Dauntless. [TS2]

Ocean Queen. Wooden boat. From South Arm to Hobart, sank in the harbour, 13 December 1847. Two crew drowned. [TS1]

Ocean Rover. Schooner. Stranded near Table Cape, Tasmania, September 1891. Refloated. [TS1]

Odd Fellow. Ketch, 28 gross. # 32043. Built Kermandie River, Tsmania, 1851; reg. Hobart 66/1851, 10/1853. Lbd  53.2 x 12.1 x 4.1 ft. Sank on the Huon River, Tasmania, after hitting a snag, night of 22 February 1907.  The Marine Board of Hobart ordered the owner to remove his vessel, but as this was not  done, a tender was let and the vessel demolished.
On 24 April 1876, in a gale, stranded on the Iron Pot, Tasmania. Later refloated.   [TS2]

Odyssey. Game fishing boat, 7.5-metre. Skipper-owner Michael Skipper. Swamped, later wrecked on roacks out of St. Helens, Tasmania, 6 April 1990. Six men saved.  [TS2]

Oenone. Sloop-rigged yacht. Built Hobart, 1913; unregistered. Lbd 34-6 x 10-2 x 5 ft. Ashore, wrecked,  on the River Derwent, Tasmania, 3 February 1921. [TS2]

Offley. Barque, whaler, 376 tons. # 32033. Built at Middlesex, England, 1831; reg. Hobart 10/1858. Lbd 112.1 x 25.9 x 19.0 ft.  Captain J. Scannon.  Dragged her anchors in a gale, ashore on rocks in Recherche Bay, 26 April 1880.  Damaged beyond economical repair. [TS1]

Olga. Auxiliary motor fishing vessel, 7 tons. L.F.B. 586 (TUN). Built Hobart, 1889; unregistered. Lbd 34.6 x 6.8 x 6.6 ft.  Originally a 21ft.-class racing yacht, extensively altered after being converted into a fishing vessel during the early 1900s. Wrecked on Rokeby Beach on the eastern shore of the River Derwent, Tasmania, 1973.
On 27 June 1930,  damaged by fire at Constitution Dock, Hobart; repaired.
In June 1933, severely damaged by an explosion and fire at Kettering, which was believed to have started when sparks from the funnel of the ss Dover landed on tins of petrol.  A crewman was blown off her deck onto the jetty.
On 4 August 1960, left Dover, Tasmania under master-owner Colin Delaney, apparently the only crew on board, who died at the helm . The boat was found off Charity Island, Port Esperance, and towed back to Dover. [TS2]

Olga Star. Motor fishing vessel, 19/13 tons. # 175725. Built Sydney, 1943; reg. Sydney 16/1946. Lbd 38.7 x 11.9 x 5.9 ft.  Destroyed by fire, St.Helens Harbour, Tasmania, 2 September 1984. [TS2]

Olinda. Ship, 222 tons.Built at Ipswich UK, 1837; reg. Hobart, 17/1849. Lbd 86.4 x 20.0 x 15.0ft. Captain James Lucas From Hobart to Melbourne, wrecked when stranded near Eddystone Point, east coast Tasmania, 10 December 1852. All hands landed safely. [TS1]

Olive. Ketch, 15 tons. Built at Torquay, Mersey River, north coast Tasmania, 1868 as the Pioneer; reg. Launceston 2/1873, 12/1877. Lbd 42.0 x 12.8 x 4.2 ft. Rebuilt at Ilfracombe, River Tamar, 1877, as a fore-and aft schooner, 17 tons, lbd 44.5 x 12.5 x 4.6 ft. Captain P. Turner. Sailed from the Blythe River for the Don, Tasmania, with a cargo of blackwood timber;  sprang a severe leak and sank very quickly in a gale, off Circular Head, north-west Tasmania, after 10 November 1879. Crew of four escaped in the boat and landed at Table Cape.
On 18 January 1875, the Pioneer, under master Philip Turner, caught fire while anchored at Dilston on the Tamar. The master and ship’s boy awoke to findd the vessel ablaze and  managed to get clear in the dinghy just before a quantity of gunpowder in the cargo exploded;  vessel drifted towards Barnard’s Point, where she finally sank. She was later refloated and rebuilt in 1877 as the schooner Olive.
In August 1879 she had sprung a leak off Hebe Reef while on a voyage from the Don to Launceston and sank in eight feet of water off Garden Island; refloated and repaired. [TS1]

Olive. Fishing boat, 21.5 ft. Destroyed by bush fire when moored close to shore, Strahan, Tasmania, 28 November 1963. [TS2]

Olivia. Schooner. Captain Thomas Hammond. From Launceston to Sydney with wheat, wrecked south of twofold Bay, NSW, 19 November 1827. All saved. [ASW1]

Olphin. Fishing boat.  Wrecked off the North Jetty, Eddystone Point, Tasmania, mid-June 1912. No loss of life.  [TS2]

Olympus. Fishing vessel, 1.5 tons, 5.65 m. Destroyed by fire, Tasmaania, prior to 20 June 1981. [TS2]

Olympus. Ketch, 7 tons. # 32260. Built at Sulphur Creek, Tasmania, 1866; reg. Launceston 5/1866.  Lbd 34.0 x 10.9 x 4.1 ft. Register closed in September 1902 with a note to the effect that she had foundered in Swan Bay on the River Tamar some years earlier, although details of the mishap have not been located. [TS1]
On 11 April 1868 the barque Cassina, Newcastle to Port Adelaide under the command of Captain Dalziel, narrowly avoided running unto a capsized vessel in Bass Strait off King Island.
On 2 April 1880, stranded at Tee-Tree Reach, Tasmania.
On 11 September 1880, stranded at long Reach, Tasmania.

Omega. Four-masted schooner,  584/522 ton. #  (US) 155262. Built Oregon, USA, 1894; reg. San Francisco. Lbd 163.2 x 39.3 x 13.5ft. Sailed from Hobart with hardwood for Lyttleton, New Zealand, on 3 March 1921, but was never seen or heard from again. In September large quantities of timber drifted ashore over a wide area of the New Zealand coastline, some of which was positively identified as coming from the missing Omega.  From the time and the distribution, it would appear likely that the vessel foundered in heavy weather shortly after sailing from Tasmania, the wreckage drifting across the Tasman over the ensuing six months.
On 18 February 1921, the visiting submarine J4 ran into the schooner’s stern at Princes Wharf, Hobart, piercing the hull about four feet above the waterline; repaired. [TS2]

Oonah. Steamer, 1757 tons. Built Glasgow, 1888 for the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Company. For many years ran the Melbourne-Launceston route,  then transfered to New Zealand.  [WL],[DG]
On 19 August 1925, collided with the steamer Cooma (qv), Yarra River.

Opah. Auxiliary ketch, 34/32 tons. # 124537. Built Hobart, 1907; reg. Hobart, 10/1907. Lbd 11/1914. 60.0 x 17.9 x 5.2 ft. Master-owner William Mackay. Exploded in flames at anchor off  Passage Island, Furneaux Group, 17 January 1923. A lamp had fallen and broken the fuel leads to the engine. The captain was severly burned, but all saved.  [TS2]
In 1921, involved in rescue - see schooner Beatrice,  lost Waterhouse Island, Tasmania.  [TS2]

Opossum. Schooner. When taking stores to the aboriginal settlement on Swan Island, north-east Tasmania, was wrecked near River Fourth, December 1830. It is not known of she became a total loss. [ASW1]
Bateson suggests that this vessel may have been the government’s cutter Opossum, wrecked in 1846. Opposum. Cutter, 20 tons. Built Macqurie Harbour, 1827. Lbd 36.2 x 10.8 x 6.4 ft. Reg. Launceston, reg. Melbourne 2 december 14/1848. From Launceston to portland, Victoria, went ashore at george Town, north-east tasmania, 1846, probably May or early June. Refloated. [ASW1]

Orca.  Motor fishing vessel, 30 tons. Lbd 15.54 x 4.26 metres. Sank after running into her own dinghy, off South Cape, Tasmania, 7 August 1983. Crew saved. [TS2]

Orleans. Iron barque, 686/632 tons. Built Glasgow, Scotland, 1879; reg. Norway. Previously known as the Comus. Lbd 186.7 x 30.6 x 18.0 ft. Captain K. E. Lindstrom. From Mahe, Seychelles with a cargo of guano for Dunedin, NZ, foundered when heading for Hobart whilst taking water fast, 17 April 1909. Two boats launched but only one made it, seven being lost.

Orson. Schooner. Involved in salvage - see brig Robin Hood, Tasmania, 1884.

Otago. Iron three-masted barque, 367 tons. # 60463. Built Glasgow, 1869; reg. Hobart , reg. Port Adelaide 2/1872. Lbd 147.0 x 26.0 x 14.0 ft. Reg. closed 25 August 1951 when  reported that she was partly dismantled and being used for scrap. On the night of 20 August 1957 vandals started a fire at the so-called 'ship's graveyard' at East Risdon, Mount Direction, Tasmania, now known as Otago Bay after its most famous 'resident'. The fire burnt out the surviving woodwork of the iron hulk Otago, and completely destroyed the twisted wooden hull of the derelict river steamer Togo, only a small section of her keel remaining. The Otago was one of the most famous vessels to have ended her days in Tasmanian waters, having been the only command of the novelist Joseph Conrad.  Hulked in 1902, she arrived in Hobart in 1905 for use as a coal hulk by Huddart Parker & Co. Later sold and towed to Mount Direction by the Togo and partly dismantled over many years.   [TS2],[LH - scuttled at East Risdon on the Derwent River, Hobart, 1931]
Broxam and Nash add:
The 1957 fire destroyed Tasmanias last opportunity to preserve and restore a historic ship of international significance, and during 1961 most of her upper works above the turn of the bilge were cut up as scrap metal and sent to Japan.  As late as 1971, metal from the hulk was still being sent to the United States for the manufacture of commemorative Conrad medallions.
~ Her companion hatchway, restored by Phillip Fowler, is on display in the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.

OtagoTogo [TS2]

Otter. Motor fishing vessel, 45/30 tons. # 355457.  Built Sydney 1942. Lbd 52.3 x 15.2 x 5.1 ft.  A former naval diving tender sold to private owners in 1973. Skipper-owner Nat. Murphey. Holed when hit the breakwater at Macquarie Harbour Heads, 18-19 February 1988. Vessel wrecked. Crew jumped onto the breakwater, saved.  [TS2]

Pacific. Motor launch, 33 ft.  Exploded into flames from an unknown cause at her Prince of Wales Bay moorings, Tasmania, 1 April 1964. Total loss. No lives lost. [TS2]

Pacific Wanderer. Yacht. Foundered in Bass Strait soon after leaving Melbourne on a voyage to Brisbane, November 1988. All three crew saved.  [TS2]

Pandora. Crayfishing vessel, 36 tons. Unregistered. Lbd 64.7 x 14.6 x 6 ft. Boxham and Nash suggest she is almost certainly to have been former steam tug Henry Moss (qv), which is known to have been sold to Tasmanian owners in 1952, built Melbourne, 1890. In 1934 she was sold to the Methodist Mission at Port Adelaide and served as a fishing vessel for the rest of her career. Master-owner Horace Knott. Whilst crayfishing inshore near the Lewis River, about 50 miles south of Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, a rope fouled the propeller, wrecked when drifted onto offshore rocks, 28 March 1962. Crew safe, rescued by vessel Duyfken.  [TS2]

Panic. Fishing vessel. May have been the vessel reported capsized off Port Arthur, seen on 22 September 1822. [TS1]

Parsons Bay. Fishing vessel, 10.15 m. Master B.Smith. The master was the sole crew when knocked overboard following a mishap with the craypot hauler at Curio Bay near Nubeena, Tasman Peninsula, 1 April 1982, but managed to swim ashore.  However, the Parsons Bay drifted off and was not seen again, having apparently hit a rock and sunk in deep water.   [TS2]

Pat the Rover. Schooner. Involved in rescue - see schooner Moyne, lost tasmania, 1867.

Patanela. Fishing boat. Involved in rescue - see fishing vessel Dons Bethune, lost Tasmania, 1963.  [TS2]

Pateena. Steamer, 1212 tons. Built Glasgow, launched 1883, for the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Company. Lbd 240 x 31-7 x 22-2 ft. For many years  was on the Melbourne-Hobart run. During her latter years was in service across Cook’s Strait, NZ. Sold early 1920s and sunk to form a breakwater at the mole inside Otago Heads, 22 October 1924.  [WL],[DG]

Patricia. Motor fishing vessel, L.F.B. TVH, 18 tons. Built circa 1956-1959 (probably at Port Welshpool, Victoria, 1958); unregistered. Lbd 38.0 x 13.6 x 6.0 ft. Master-owner Keith William Todd. Overwhelmed by huge seas, capsized and sank at a spot known as 'Death Valley', about half a mile from Cape Wickham, King Island, 6 February 1974.  Master drowned but son managed to swim ashore.  [TS2]

Patrick Henry. Dandy, 24 tons. Built on the Huon River, 1849; reg. Hobart 19/1849. Lbd 46.6 x 14.1 x 4.6 ft. Capsized and sank off Hope Island, Port Esperance, 28 November 1857. Loss of one life. [TS1]

Patsy. Fishing boat, 30 ft. Dragged her anchores, ashore, broke up, Burnie, north coast Tasmania, 15 May 1956.  [TS2]

Patty Too. Fishing vessel, 15 tons. Lbd 37.6 x 11.0 x 6.0 ft. Operated out of Tasmania. Fisheries records show written off on 23 July 1980.  [TS2]

Pauline. Ketch, 21 tons. # 78055. Built at Launceston, 1877; reg. Launceston 11/1877 in the name of William Holyman. Lbd 47.0 x 15.0 x 5.2 ft. Captain Anderson. Left Emu Bay for Launceston with a cargo of timber, hit by a squall  that blew out her sails and she drifted ashore on Horseshoe Reef, north-east of the Mersey Heads, Tasmania, 31 July 1889. Crew saved when they built a raft to reach Wright’s Island, where they were later picked up by the steam dredge Agnew. [TS1]
In 1880, involved in salvage - see schooner Eva, lost Tasmania, 1880.

Pearl. Sloop, 18 tons. Built at North West Bay, Tasmania, 1834; reg. Hobart,  4 April 1834.  Lbd 32-2 x 11-11 x 5-2 ft. There is no trace of the vessel after her former owner Thomas Pierce was appointed master on 10 September 1834. [TS1]

Pearl. Ketch. Built at Battery Point, Tasmania, 1872; unregistered. Lbd 40 x 9 x 4 ft. Parted her moorings at Oyster Cove and drifted ashore at Woodcutter’s Point, Tasmania, where she broke up, 12 August 1877. [TS1]

Pearl. Ketch, 79 tons. # 79294. Built at Penguin Creek, Tasmania, 1890-91; reg. Launceston 3/1891. Lbd 83.5 x 22.0 x 6.5 ft. Captain C. Anthon. From Penguin Creek for Sydney with a cargo of one hundred tons of potatoes, sank in Tam O’Shanter Bay, 13 July 1894. Crew saved. After auction, the Marine Board’s tug Wybia and their diver was assigned to investigate for salvage, and found that the Pearl was lying on a rocky bottom and fast breaking up. [TS1]

Pedlar. Schooner. Grounded on a reef in the Tamar, Tasmania, 26 July 1845. No loss of life. Subsequently raised, brought to George Town. [ASW1]

Pelican. Fore-and-aft schooner. Unregistered. Caught in a squall off Cox’s Beach, River Derwent, Tasmania, deliberately beached, 11 November 1857. Unfortunately she went onto a rocky stretch of beach and broke up. [TS1]

Penghana. Fisheries research vessel. Involved in unsuccesful  search for missing crayboat Gondwana, lost Tasmania, 1962. [TS2]

Penguin. Ketch, 22 tons. # 32256. Built at Penguin Creek, Tasmania, 1865; reg. Launceston 1/1866. Lbd 50.9 x 12.6 x 5.2 ft. Parted her cables when they were fouled by the schooner John Lewis dragging her anchors, Burnie, Emu Bay, Tasmania, and  ended up being wrecked on the rocks near the breakwater, 19 October 1883. [TS1]

Penguin. Iron fishing vessel, 27 tons. # 95974. Built Melbourne, 1890, as a steam tug for the Melbourne Harbour Trust Commissioners, who sold her to the Geelong Harbour Trust Commissioners in 1908.  Reg. Melbourne 17/1890. Sold for conversion into a fishing vessel in June 1948, when she was presumably converted into a motor vessel.  Lbd 56.0 x 12.0 x 6.0 ft. According to her register, which closed 1 April 1958, lost in Bass Strait during 1956, although it is uncertain whether this was in Victorian or Tasmanian waters.  [TS2]

Penguin. Fishing boat. Owner-crew, brothers Cyril and Sydney Hardwick. From Bridport for Launceston, met heavy weather and returned to Bridport; dismasted, drifted ashore on Seven Mile Beach, Andersons Bay, about six miles east of Bridport, 24 June 1906. Both men managed to land, according to one report ‘more dead than alive’. On 3 July the Hardwicks and one other left Bridport in a small dinghy for the vessel, however the dinghy was swamped, and only Cyril Hardwick managed to struggle ashore after an hour in the water. The Penguin appears to have become a total wreck. [TS2]

Percy. Iron screw steamer of 24/19 tons. # 32263. Constructed at Glasgow, Scotland by T. Wingate & Co. in 1866, and imported in sections on board the SS. Helen McGregor for reassembly at Launceston, 1867; reg. Launceston 4/1867. Lbd 60.0 x 11.8 x 5.6ft. Master-owner Part-owner Captain Murray. From the Mersey for Launceston went aground on Horseshoe Reef, north-east of the Heads, 20 January 1870.  Crew picked up by paddle-steamer Annie. [TS1]

Percy. Steam launch. Unregistered. Stranded, wrecked, at Pieman Heads, north of west coast tasmania, 18 April 1894. Crew saved. [TS1]

Perseverance. Schooner. Involved in salvage - see schooner Petrel, lost Tasmania, 1868.

Perseverance. Small passenger boat. Capsized while returning from Kangaroo Point to Hobart with eight occupants on a family excursion, 9 November 1875. Six drowned; two picked up by the ketch Uncle Tom.  The boat drifted ashore at Half Moon Bay, South Arm, and broke up. [TS1]

Petrel. Barque, 195 tons. Lbd 100.5 x 20.6 x 13.8 ft. Built at Gravelly Beach on the Tamar River, 1847; reg. Launceston 11/1848, Hobart, 70/1848. From Hobart to Port Arthur, stranded on Hope Beach in May 1853. Probably wrecked as her register was closed in 1855.
On 26 July 1848 the Petrel was being towed out of the Tamar by the paddle steamer  Gipsy when she ran onto Shag Rock in Bryans Bay. [TS1]

Petrel. Schooner, 19 gross. # 57495. Built at Hobart Town, 1854; reg. Hobart 13/1854, 13/1855. Lbd  45.0 x 10.0 x 5.7ft. In February 1908 the Hobart Marine Board issued a final notice on a Mr. Trinder, owner of the ketch Petrel, to remove his vessel, which had sunk in shallow water at Stringer’s Creek, Port Esperance, by 1 March 1908.  She had presumably sunk there during the previous year.
Broxam and Nash indicate that the details presented as a 19 ton schooner are presumed only, and give details of other vessels named Petrel. [TS2]
In June 1858 a river craft Petrel was reported to have gone ashore between Three Hut Point and Arch Island, Tasmania, but was later towed off by the paddle steamer Culloden. [TS2]

Petrel. Schooner, 59 tons. # 32148. Built at Hobart, 1865; reg. Hobart 5/1866. Lbd 68.1 x 18.6 x 7.4 ft. Owner-master G. Harrison. From Launceston for Hobart with produce, struck rocks, wrecked,  in Whirlpool Reach, Tasmania, 23 June 1868. Salvors used the schooners Perseverance and Esperance Belle in unsuccessful attempts to refloat the vessel. [TS1]

Petrel. Ketch. Sent to refloat the schooner Eliza in Frederick Henry Bay, Tasmania, 1874; without success.

Petrel . Fishing vessel, 10 tons, 36 f. Built in 1948. Unregistered. Skipper I. Kube. Wrecked on rocks, Cloudy Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, 13 May 1964. Crew saved. [TS2]

Phantom. Auxiliary ketch,26 tons. # 57594. Built River Derwent, Tasmania, 1878; reg. Hobart 8/1878, 3/1896, 7/1914. Lbd 54.4 x 15.5 x 5.3 ft. Lengthened in 1896: 34/31 tons, lbd 66.4 x 16.0 x 5.2ft. Fitted with a 12 bhp auxiliary engine in 1914. Captain R. J. Meredith. From Dunalley to Hobart with firewood, ashore in a gale, Slopen Island, Frederick Henry Bay, Tasmania, 7 Match 1915. Two crew landed safely.  [TS2]

Pharos. Victorian government steamer. Searched for the missing ship Harlech Castle, in Bass Strait, without success, 1870.

Phatisalam.  Full-rigged ship, 259 tons. Built at Cochin,  1816.  Captain Peter Dillon, who was to achieve fame in 1827 by discovering the fate of the missing French explorer La Perouse. Sailed from Calcutta for Hobart on 25 January 1821 with a cargo of Indian goods, including 6000 gallons of rum; ashore in a gale and in a badly leaking condition in Coulomb Bay, Three Hummock Island, western Bass Strait, 9 July 1821. All hands landed safely, however eight lives were lost when the longboat was upset just as it was setting off for Launceston to seek assistance. Dillon and seven men set off for the Tamar, arriving at George Town twelve days later, where the schooner Glory was chartered to pick up the remaining survivors and salvage. Although much of the cargo and fittings were recovered, the vessel was a total wreck, being condemned on 18 October and then burnt to recover the iron-work.  The Glory arrived at Sydney with salvage, Dillon, his wife and child, and eleven lascars, on 4 November 1821. [TS1],[ASW1]
Her name has given Australian marine historians considerable difficulty. Bateson lists the following names used by various writers: Phatisalem, Phatisfalam, Pharisian and even Fattysalam.

Phillip Oakden. Barque, 307 tons. Built at Blackwall Point, River Tamar, Tasmania, launched 20 November 1849; reg. in the name of the Launceston Shipbuilding and Shipping Company, Launceston, 7/1850. Lbd 97.7 x 24.1 x 16.6 ft. Captain John Duigan.  When 104 days out of London, on the return leg of her maiden voyage, sailed straight onto Hebe Reef, off Tamar Heads, Tasmania, 24 January 1851. All hands, including sixteen passengers, took to the boats and landed safely.  By the following morning, an investigation by port officer M. C. Walker found the vessel badly holed, with the water rising and falling with the tide. The wreck remained intact for several weeks, allowing most of her valuable cargo and much of her gear and fittings to be salvaged by a fleet of smaller craft, including the brig Sarah, schooners Tamar and Fairy, and the paddle-steamer Gipsy. A gale early March saw the lower part of the hull sinking in deep water, and the upper works breaking free to drift ashore and go to pieces a mile or so east of Tamar Heads.

Phyllis.  Fishing ketch, 14 tons. Built Launceston, before1907, as a yacht; unregistered. Drageed her anchors in a gale, ashore, wrecked,  eastern side of Preservation Island, Furneaux Group, 23 August 1936. Two crew saved.  [TS2]

Picard. Schooner. Involved in rescue - see schooner Retriever, lost Tasmania, 1856. [TS1]

Pinafore. River steamer, 17/13 tons. # 57611. Built at Hobart,1881; reg. Hobart 5/1884. Lbd 57.0 x 12.0 x 5.7 ft. Moored in Hobart awaiting a refit when driven ashore, wrecked, 5 March 1919. The hull was later towed upriver and abandoned near Bridgewater, her remains visible there for many years.
On 19 February 1901, sprung a leak off South Arm, Hobart; beached, refloated, repaired.
On 1 December 1904, while towing a barge lashed alongside through the narrow entrance to Constitution Dock, Hobart, both vessels became stuck and, with the falling tide, they were soon facing deck to deck at an impossible angle. In the meantime the tide rose and the Pinafore floated off unscathed. [TS2]

Pioneer. Composite steamship,  86/62 tons. # 61044. Built at Melbourne, 1870; reg. Melbourne 5/1870, Hobart 4/1889. Lbd 96.5 x 15.4 x 7.3 ft. Although built for the Victorian coastal trade, in the early 1870s she traded between Melbourne and Circular Head, Tasmania, and then between Sydney and Port Kembla; in 1889,  purchased for the Tasmanian east coast trade. Captain Alexander McCallum. Soon after arriving at Trial Harbour from Smithton, Tasmania, collided with the steamship Koonya, and as a result, sank, 15 July 1891. The Koonya crossed the Pioneer’s bows, striking a glancing blow that started the ends of her planks. The Pioneer began to fill rapidly. The Koonya took her in tow and headed for Strahan, but she sank stern first in deep water. Crew abandoned her safely. Blame was placed in the hands of the Koonya’s master. [TS1],[ASR - wrecked 1893]
On night of 17-18 May 1870, stranded at Circular Head and was at first thought a total wreck, but refloated.
On 3 September 1889, hit the outer end of Dotterell Reef near Tamar Heads, Tasmania, sripped all but one of her propeller blades.
On 8 September 1890 her boiler collapsed after the fireman accidentally ran all the water out while the vessel was off Tasman Island on a voyage from Hobart to Launceston.  Fortunately the vessel was able to raise sail and return to Hobart.

Pioneer. Ketch. After a fire virtually destroyed her on the Tamar, Tasmania, on 18 January 1875, was rebuilt two years later as the schooner Olive (qv). [TS1]

Pirate. Iron screw steamship,  303/217 tons. # 32127. Built at Govan, Scotland, 1848; reg. Melbourne 20/1859. Lbd 139.2 x 22.3 x 13.3 ft. Modified in 1851 to 406/364 tons, lbd 166.8 x 22.9 x 13.2 ft. Captain Robertson. From New Zealand to Melbourne, became the first steamship to be totally wrecked in Tasmanian waters when she ran onto a beach between Long Point and Falmouth on the east coast during a thick fog, 16 October 1861. All hands saved. Heavy gales eventually broke her back; the schooner Native Youth was sent to recover the gear and fittings. [TS1]

PJK. Motor-sailer, 27ft. Built Launceston, 1950s. Wrecked in the vicinity of Betsey Island, Tasmania, date not recorded.  [TS2]

Platypus. Dandy, 19 tons. Lbd 55.6 x 14.3 x 4.7 ft. Built at Hobart, 1840; reg. Hobart, 26/1840. No record after 1850. [TS1]

Platypus. HMAS. Involved in search for the missing barquentine Southern Cross, vicinity King Island, 1920.  [TS2]

Platypus. Iron dredge, 181 gross. #  79502. Built at Yarra Bank, Melbourne, 1878; reg. reg. Launceston 4/1898. Lbd 98.5 x 24.5 x 7.4 ft. Scuttled at Tamar Island near the remains of the former river steamer Corio, June 1932.  [TS2]

Pomona. Cutter, 13 tons. # 31608. Built at Kawau Island, NZ, 1851, reg. Melbourne 85/1853. Lbd 32.0 x 13.0 x 6.0 ft Arrived at Melbourne from New Zealand via Sydney on 25 May 1853 to include in the establishment of an  ocean fishing operation to supply the growing Melbourne market. Captain Liddle. Parted her anchors in a gale and driffed out to sea with the crew ashore, off Robbins Island, western Bass Strait, 10 October 1856.  She was found on the beach about two and a half miles west of Fourteen Mile Bluff on the north-east coast, with her bottom considerably damaged. [TS1]

Ponrabbel II. Steel steamer, bucket dredge,  457 tons. Built at Port Glasgow, 1916. Lbd 15 5.3 x 34.2 x 11.4 ft. Served the port of launceston between 1921 and 1977. Hulked at Launceston. [LH]

Porpoise. Government schooner. Built at Macquarie Harbour as a 16-oared launch, before 1829. From Port Arthur to Richmond with timber and shingles, wrecked on Roaring Beach, Wedge Bay, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, 9 August 1934.  All hands safe. [TS1],[ASW1]
In 1829, as a sixteen-oared launch, accompanied the sloop James Lucas out of Macquarie harbour for Hobart when the sloop was lost off Tasman Head, 1829.]

Port Phillip Packet. Sloop, 15 tons. Lbd 33.1 x 10.3 x 5.5 ft. Built and reg. at Launceston, 7/1837. Captain James Prescott. Sailed from Launceston for Port Phillip Bay on 17 May 1838 with three crew and three passengers, but was never seen or heard from again. [TS1]

Portland. Full-rigged ship, 385 tons..Built at Bristol, UK, 1823;  reg. London. Lbd 107-5 x 28-4 x 6-1 ft. Under her previous owners, the Australian company of Edinburgh and Leith, she had been well known in the Australian trade for some years. Captain Coghill. Ashore when anchors dragged, on a reef 100 yards off Fourteen Mile Bluff, Tamar entrance, Tasmania, 27 September 1833.  The Captain was unable to maintain control over his crew and confusion reigned. An infant girl was washed out of her mother’s arms and, although saved by one the crew, later died from shock and exposure.  The carpenter also drowned while trying to swim ashore with fifty sovereigns in his pockets.  The remainder of the crew and sixteen surviving passengers landed safely, although a considerable amount of  livestock drowned.

President III. Former twin screw motor yacht, 65 ft. Built Launceston1947. Used as a floating fish-shop at Ulverstone, Tasmania, sank at her moorings, 13 March 1986. [TS2]

Pride of the Tamar. Steam launch, 21/14 tons.Built at Williamstown, Melbourne, 1875; reg. Melbourne 43/1875. Lbd 52.9 x 12.6 x 4.9 ft. Captain G. Tippet. From Melbourne on her delivery voyage to Launceston, collided with the barque Sparrowhawk when about sixty miles north of Tamar Heads, Bass Strait, and capsized, 30 November 1875. All hands were rescued by the barque. The machinery would have fallen out once she overturned, allowing the hull to drift about for a considerable amount of time before it became waterlogged and sank. [TS1]

Prince Leopold. Brig, 92 tons. Built at Richmond on the Hawkesbury, NSW, 1815, as the Rosetta. Purchased by Governor Macquarie in 1818 for the colonial government and renamed Prince Leopold. In January 1828, struck the outer bar when leaving Port Macqquarie for Hobart, unshipping her rudder. Temporary repairs allowed her to make Hobart. [ASW1]
In 1822, involved in salvage - see Actaeon, lost Tasmania 1822. [TS1]
In 1831, sold to private concerns and renamed Mary & Elizabeth (qv).

Prince of Wales. Cutter, 17 tons. # 32120. Built at Hobart, 1842; reg. Hobart 15/1842, 5/1845. On a voyage from Pittwater to Hobart with wheat when she struck a reef and sank in Betsey’s Narrows, Tasmania, 9 March 1868. No loss of life. [TS1]

Prince of Wales. Brig. Hit Don Bluff, Tasmania, 14 August 1854. Little damage. [TS1]

Prince Regent. Schooner, 104 tons. Lbd 60-8 x 19-6 x 5 ft. Built at Shoreham, Sussex UK, 1814; reg.  Launceston, 1/1830. Captain Kains.  From Hobart for Launceston with general cargo, ran into Black Reef, four and a half miles off Cape Naturaliste, east coast Tasmania, which was not marked on either of the two charts used on the vessel, 9 April 1834. Two days later a gale wrecked the schooner. All saved, in part due to the cutter William. [TS1],[ASW1]

Princess Charlotte. New South Wales Government brig. Built at Newcastle, 1819. Captain Edward Devine. On 25 September 1820, sailed from Hobart for Sydney with one passenger, four soldiers, three convicts, and a cargo of wheat, but was never seen or heard from again. [TS1],[ASW1]

Prinsesse Marie. Steel barque, 1408/1288 tons. Built at Elsinore, Denmark, 1893; reg. Nordby, Denmark. Lbd 229.2 x 35.3 x 21.5 ft.  Master (probably) C. Pedersen.  Left Sydney 26 February 1910 for Streaky Bay, South Australia to load wheat and was seen off Port Phillip Heads from the barque Loch Garry on 2 March, but failed to arrive and was not seen again. In mid-1910 wreckage from some unknown vessel came ashore on King IslandÆs south coast, but little attention was placed on it until late in August when a cabin door with a brass port-hole, two oars and a life-buoy bearing the name Prinsesse Marie were found at Currie Harbour. It was generally believed that the Prinsesse Marie had foundered south of Kangaroo Island, South Australia, and the wreckage had then drifted slowly towards King Island, but without clear evidence of exactly how long the wreckage was adrift before coming ashore, such a conclusion appears speculative.

Prion. Ketch. Damaged when struck by the fishing vessel Leederry, Whitemark. [TS2]

Priscilla. Ketch, 34 gross. # 57583. Built on the Huon River, Tasmania, 1875; reg. Hobart 7/1877. Lbd 60.0 x 18.0 x 5.3 ft. Master J. Thomas. The Priscilla was loading timber at the Adventure Bay jetty, Tasmania, when strong east-south-easterly breezes developed and drifted stern first onto the rocks near the jetty, losing her rudder and being badly holed aft. River steamer Sea Bird was sent to tow her up to Hobart for repairs, but she sank, 12 June 1909.
On 12 June 1876, under master George Madden, capsized in a gale off Huon Island, Tasmania, and sank, with the loss of two lives. The boat drifted ashore at Woody Island, where the master was rescued.
On 25 September 1901, under master Pasheur Copcutt, Priscilla repeated the performance by capsizing off Woody Island between Three Hut and Macquarie Points, this time without loss of life.
On 9 February 1893, collided with the steamer Moonah off Long Bay in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel; towed to Hobart by the steamer.
On 18 February 1902, under master Pasheur Copcutt, on a voyage from Port Esperance to Hobart, hit a rock off King Horn Point and arrived at her destination in a sinking condition. [TS2]

Promise. Ketch, 31 tons. # 38801. Built at Brisbane Water, NSW, 1866; reg. Melbourne 3/1883. Lbd 55.3 x 16.0 x 5.4 ft.  Captain J. Johnstone. On a voyage from Corner Inlet, Victoria, to the Mersey, Tasmania, in ballast, stranded at Northdown Beach, near Port Sorell, Tasmania, 16 May 1891. Crewq saved. Vessel refloated, sold, and rebuilt into the ketch Federal (qv).

Prospere. Brig. Collided with the steam ferry Kangaroo, Tasmanian waters, 9 November 1856. [TS2]

Providence. Cutter, 17 tons. Lbd 34.2 x 12.6 x 6.4 ft. Built at Bruny Island, Tasmania, by her owner-master Thomas Cole, 1841; reg. Hobart, # 22/1842. Possibl;y wrecked after 12 April 1850. [TS1]

Pyramid. Steel motor fishing vessel, 50/32 tons. # 344005. Built Williamstown, 1971; reg. Melbourne 2/1972. Lbd 51.4 x 17.4 x 8.0 ft. Skipper George Grassi. Dragged her anchor and went on rocks off the southern end of Bird Island, Tasmania, sank, 3 July 1976. Crew of four safe.  [TS2]

Queen. Cutter, 23 tons. Built at Hobart, 1840; reg. Hobart 4/1841, 22/1853. Lbd 38.0 x 14.4 x 5.1 ft. Deleted from the register in December 1868. Registrar of Shipping appears to have lost trace of the vessel and her owner, as there was a Queen engaged in the Derwent lime trade as late as 1889. [TS1]
On  4 November 1859, damaged in a fire at Hobart.

Queen of the South. Iron barque, 376 tons. # 50181. Built at Sunderland, UK, 1864; reg. Lyttleton, N.Z.,1/1871. Lbd 149.8 x 25.1 x 15.3 ft. Captain Edward Thomas Miles. Sailed from Mauritius for Auckland but ran on to Actaeon Reef when entered the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, in a disabled condition,  8 November 1877. Her troubles started on 28 October when it found that the mainmast was sprung. In cutting it away, it took with it the standard compass, mizzen topmasts and one of the boats, and damaged the fore-topmast and the gig. On 1 November the ship was swept by a succession of heavy seas which damaged the helm, severely injuring the helmsman, and also damaged the surviving boat.  A sounding of the well revealed that about a foot of water had got into the hold, but there was no sign of leaking.  Miles decided to head for his own home port of Hobart to effect repairs while the carpenter set about repairing the boats, and thus entered D’Entrecasteaux Channel when she struck. The barque was carrying a crew of twelve, five passengers plus the master’s wife and child, and a cargo of sugar. All hands except for the master and the chief officer left in the boats, but after landing the passengers, the crew returned to try to save the ship.  She floated off, probably with the rising tide, and the crew headed her towards Cloudy Bay on Bruny Island where she could have been safely beached, however, she sank bow first in thirty fathoms about three miles south of South Bruny Light. All crew and passengers saved. [TS1],[NH]

Queen of the Seas. Barque, 322 tons. # 56243. Built at Kincardine, County Perth, Scotland, 1866; reg.  Hobart 5/1873. Lbd 124.9 x 25.1 x 15.8 ft. Master and part-owner Henry Robinson. From Hobart to Port Adelaide with timber, struck rocks off Eddystone Point, north-east Tasmania;  beached at the southern end of the Bay of Fires, 5 August 1877. Crew saved, but the vesel lost. [TS1]

Rachel Cohen. Brigantine. Involved in a collision with the ketch Hazard, Port Phillip Bay, 1879.  [TS2]

Rachel Thompson. Auxiliary fihing ketch, 16 gross. # 57577. Built Hobart, 1877; reg. Hobart 1/1877. Lbd  47.3 x 12.6 x 5.9 ft. Master and part-owner John Burgess. Ashore, wrecked in a gale at Victoria Rocks, near Eddystone Point, Tasmania, 17 July 1922.  Crew of two landed safely, picked up by the fishing ketch Ada Burgess.

Rainbow. Clinker-built cutter, 10 tons. # 32254. Built at Penguin Creek, Tasmania, 1865; reg. Launceston 9/1865. Lbd 35.8 x 13.0 x 4.0 ft. Owner/master John Burgess. Wrecked on Hunter Island, north-west Tasmania, while on a voyage from Circular Head for Woolnorth with sheep, 15 April 1866. All saved. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash add:
Register closed on 24 February 1874 with the comment ‘wrecked at Three Hummock Island Bass’s Straits March 3rd 1868'. This may be the correct location although the date is incorrect unless the vessel was refloated, and lost again in the same general vicinity.

Rambler. Schooner, 27 tons. Built at Launceston, 1844; reg. Launceston 5/1844, 18/1850. Lbd 45.8 x 12.4 x 6.6 ft. Master Thomas Williams. Wrecked when swept onto the rocks in heavy weather when her cable parted, Table cape, Tasmania, 26 August 1850. Crew saved after considerable hardship. [TS1]

Rangatira. Fishing boat, 5.5 tons, 31.7 ft. Built 1917; unregistered. Sank in Variety Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, January 1968 [TS2]

Ranger. Schooner, 52 tons. Built on the Tamar River, Tasmania, 1846; reg. Launceston, 14/1846. Lbd  54.6 x 14.8 x 9.2 ft. Master Thomas Napier. Sailed from Circular Head, Tasmania, for Sydney with a cargo of  potatoes on 6 May 1847, but disappeared without trace. [TS1]

Rastus. Fishing vessel, 4.2 tons. Wrecked Tasmanian waters, during the 1970s. [TS2]

Raven. Sloop,  12 or 14 tons. Built at Sydney, reg. October 1800. Bound from the sealing grounds for Sydney with a complement of eleven including a sealing party, became short on supplies and decided to make for Port Dalrymple, but they never arrived, and presumably foundered with all hands, April 1806. The last vessel to see her was the schooner Estramina. [TS1]

Re-Echo. Triple-screw motor fishing vessel, 55/31 tons. # 174395. Built Hobart, 1946; reg. Hobart 1/1949. Lbd 54.2 x 18.2 x 8.25 ft. On 24 October 1950, she had stranded on the bar at Maquarie Harbour; refloated and towed back to West Strahan for repairs.Destroyed by fire, 31 December 1950. The cause of the fire, which damaged the vessel beyond any hope of repair, was never determined.   [TS2]

Read. Fishing vessel, 16ft.  Wrecked Tasmania, 1943. [TS2]

Rebecca. Barque, 550/343 tons. Built at Greenock, Scotland, 1816; reg. London, 422/1851, Hobart 48/1848, 36/1851. Lbd 95.6 x 23.3 x 17.8 ft.  Purchased by Ben Boyd in June 1844, she became the largest vessel in his whaling fleet and after his business collapsed in 1848 she was bought by Tasmanian interests and refitted as a general cargo vessel to ply between Tasmania and ports on the mainland and overseas. She also took diggers to the Californian and Victorian gold rushes. Captain George Shepherd. Ran aground without warning about quarter of a mile offshore, near the small headland that now bears her name about ten miles south of the Arthur River, north- west Tasmania, 29 April 1853. She had left London for Sydney on 2 December 1852  with a valuable general cargo including wines and beers and a complement of twenty. Six lost, including the captain’s wife, when a boat capsized. The Captain and another man were lost attempting to reach shore on floating wreckage. Some weeks after the wrecking, a  a dog was found which proved rather friendly, and after a message was tied under his collar he was driven off; thus a surveyor and his party located the castaways twenty-three days after the wreck. They finally made Circular Head in the cutter David Howie, and then  Melbourne on the brig Mary Stewart, arriving on 18 June. [#TS1],[ASW6],[NH]
Loney reports: One boat containing the second mate, captain’s wife and eight crew was swamped soon after launching and all the occupants drowned. The twenty-one men left on board, including the captain, tried to swim ashore; the captain was not among the eleven who  made it.
Broxam and Nash add:
The Rebecca had had a colourful history. On 26 August 1843, from Batavia for Melbourne under the owner/master Malcolm McTaggart, the Rebecca had stranded on King Island. She had miraculously passed through a series of reefs without mishap, but to get her out again was going to prove difficult.  A local sealer John Scott came on board to give advice, but when a gale was seen approaching he went ashore; the boat capsized, drowning Scott and one of his daughters. The Rebecca was beached to save lives. All hands landed safely. After repairs, the longboat headed off for Melbourne, to seek assistance. With some  difficulty the Rebecca was refloated on 24 April 1844, and made it safely through the reefs.  After many adventures the Rebecca finally arrived at Twofold Bay, where she was sold to Benjamin Boyd and refitted as a whaler.  She was sold to Hobart owners in 1848.

Rebecca. Sloop, 25 tons.Built and reg. at Launceston, 4/1834, 1/1840.  Lbd 35-4  x 13-1 x 6 ft. She had achieved fame as the vessel which had taken John Batman to Port Phillip in 1835 to establish the ‘village’ of Melbourne. Captain Henry Rowland. Ashore in a gale at Cape Portland, Tasmania, 20 March 1839.  All hands landed safely and salvaged the cargo, but the vessel became a total wreck. [TS1]

Rebecca. Ketch (officially, a 'barge'), 30 gross. # 32155. Built at the Huon River by Thomas Inches and James McLaren in 1853, and was registered at Hobart 38/1853, 6/1907 Lbd  60.2 x 16.2 x 5.0ft. Master-owner Edward Knight. From Hobart for Strathblane, Tasmania, struck by an exceptionally heavy squall off Tinderbox Point that blew out her mizzen sail and she drifted onto the rocks, wrecked, 12 March 1925.  [TS2]

Recherche. Schooner, 84 tons. # 31974. Built at Port Davey, 1841; reg. Hobart 29/1841, 2/1856. Lbd 84.6 x 18.0 x 6.2 ft.  Operated in the coal trade between Hobart and the Tasman Peninsula, but was evidently in the timber trade when lost. On a voyage to Hobart, wrecked at Lady’s Bay, Tasmania, 23 January 1858.  All hands landed safely. [TS1]

Recherche. Cutter, 22 tons. # 32037. Built at Recherche Bay, 1853; reg. Hobart 75/1853. Lbd.42.7 x 13.6 x 6.4 ft.  Lost in Lady Bay during a major gale which wrought havoc in south-east Tasmania, 7 July 1861. See also schooner Mary. [TS1]

Recovery. Vessel used to attempt to salvage what may from the barque Hope, off South Arm, tasmania, 1827. [TS1]

Red Baron. Steel cray fishing vessel, LFB RW2, 8 tons, 10.89 metres. Out of Strahan, sank after taking water over the stern, two miules offshore west coast Tasmania, early 1995. The one crew member who drowned was Nick Whelan who had been washed overboard from the fishing boat Jennifer Hardy (qv) only a few months earlier.
Broxam and Nash note:
A Senate inquiry found that despite the EPIB being detected by satellite at 12.19 a.m., no rescue attempts were planned till first light, despite the presence of three suitable helicopters in Victoria that could have been in the area well before then.  Normal practice was not to instigate such operations until there was a high degree of certainty that there was a genuine emergency - no doubt the extremely high cost of operating the aircraft was an important factor.  There were also allegations of a cover-up within the Australian Maritime Safety Authority over the course of events. [TS2]

Red Jacket. Schooner, 71 tons. # 43234. Built at Brisbane Water, NSW, 1862; reg. Melbourne 32/1863. Lbd 78.0 x 20.2 x 9.5ft. Sailed from Melbourne for Circular Head on 3 July 1863 but failed to arrive, and presumed lost in the gales that were responsible for the loss of the General Jessup on Kent Group, and many vessels onn the Victorian coast.  No trace was ever found, but it was assumed that she had foundered in the gales that lashed Circular Head, north-west Tasmania, on 5-6 July 1863. [TS1]

Reecho. Fishing trawler. Outward bound from Strahan, ran on to Entrance Island in Macquarie Harbour, but was refloated and beached at Strahan for repairs,1950  She was later destroyed by fire before being refloated (?).   [LHG]

Reform. Sloop, 22 tons. Built at Hobart, 1832; reg. Hobart 4/1832. Lbd 36-4 x 12-4 x 5-9 ft. The last notation on her register is dated 24 July 1837, noting William Pender as sole owner.  [TS1]

Regal. Motor launch, 27ft. Built Launceston, 1918. Lost or damaged beyong repair due to devastating floods in the Launceston, Tamar River basin, April 1929.  [TS2]

Reliance. Whaler. Involved in rescue - see schooner Gem, lost Tasmania, 1857. [TS1]

Reliance. Fishing vessel, 11 tons, 34.3 ft. Built 1948; unregistered. Lengthened by ten feet in 1965. Skipper Terry TremayneIn huge waves with a rope wrapped around her propeller, and her rudder gone, she drifted helplessly towards Trumpeter Rock, about three miles south of the Cape Sorell lighthouse, Tasmania, where she was wrecked, 9 December 1968.  [TS2]

Relic. Topsail schooner, 113/100 tons. # 117637. Built Jervis Bay, NSW, 1903; reg. Hobart.  Lbd 95.4 x 23.9 x 7.7 ft. Captain Charles Brown. From Adventure Bay for Port Adelaide with timber, drifted onto rocks and badly holed off Eddystone Point, Tasmania,  sank about three quarters of a mile from the lighthouse, 2 April 1910. Crew of five landed safely at the lighthouse, from where they were picked up on the following day by the SS Koonookarra and taken to Launceston.
On 30 June 1904, stranded at Adventure Bay, Tasmania, and after being given up as a total loss, was sold,  refloated and repaired. [TS2]

Remo. Fishing boat, 18 ft. Reported to have become a total wreck, Tasmanian waters, 8 May 1960 [TS2]

Renown. Steel motor fishing vessel, LFB (TJ6), 20 tons. Built Hobart, 1960. Lbd 45.0 x 13.3 x 6.6 ft. Skipper-owner Robert Patten. Suddendly disappeared when working off Granville Harbour on west coast Tasmania, 13 April 1990. Although the exact cause of the mishap could not be determined, it was thought most likely that the vessel had been overwhelmed by an unusually large wave. All three crew lost. [TS2]

Rescue. Ketch, 8tons. Built at Hobart, 1872, as the steam launch Resolute. Lbd 44-6 x 8-8 x 4-6 ft. Rebuilt at West Tamar, 1876; reg. Launceston 4/1882. Lbd 38 x 9.9 x 3.9 ft. Left Rocky Cape for Stanley with potatoes, stranded on a sandbank, drifted off and ended up on the beach, wrecked, off Stanley, Tasmania, 25 September 1895. [TS1]
In 1873, as a steam launch, and renamed Little Nell (qv), exploded in 1895 killing eight.

Resolution. Schooner, 60 tons. Lbd 53-4. x 17 x 8 ft. Built at Launceston, 1827;  reg. Launceston.
Sailed from Launceston for Twofold Bay on 6 November 1832 under the command of J. Brockman, but failed to arrive, and was never seen or heard from again. [TS1]

Resolution. Smack, 49 tons. Built at the Manning River, NSW, 1836; reg. Sydney, 1/1843, Hobart, 10/1850. Lbd 45-4 x 16-7 x 7-5 ft. Captain Quested. Wrecked at Swansea, near the entrance to the Meredith River, night of 4-5 November 1850. She had been chartered by Swansea resident Thomas Large to take his entire family to Hobart for a holiday, and was returning to Swansea when the disaster ocurred. In bad weather the vessel went on shore but the passengers could not land, and by dawn five of the Large family children had died of exposure. According to one account, a convict offered to swim out to the wreck in return for his freedom, and rescued one of the children, but was too exhausted to make a second attempt.On 3 March 1844, the Resolution capsized and sank in shallow water in Swan Bay on the Tamar River, drowning one  passenger. She was refloated virtually undamaged. [TS1],[ASW1 - Master William Lyons]

Result. River steamer. Built at Battery Point, 1879; unregistered. Lbd 54 x 11 x 4-6 ft. Finished her days at Bridgewater, Tasmania. [TS2]

Retriever. Iron schooner, 105 tons. # 31945. Built at Dumbarton, UK, 1854: reg. Hobart 15/1855. Lbd 84.2 x 18.2 x 10.5ft. Master/owner William Fisher. From Hobart for Melbourne with timber, wrecked on the southernmost point of Black Reef off Cape Naturaliste, 24 July 1856. Crew made Swan Island and were picked up by the schooner Macquarie, and transfered to the schooner Picard, and the brig Emma Prescott. [TS1]

Revette. Fishing vessel, 25 ft. Lost Burnie, north coast Tasmania, 7 February 1957. [TS2]

Richard & Emily. Cutter, barge 24 tons. # 32112. Built at North-West Bay, 1863; reg. Hobart 15/1863. Lbd 40.0 x 13.8 x 4.5 ft. Master Edward Russell. Dragged ashore about a quarter of a mile north of Tin Pot Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, 29 November 1913.  A gale sprang up shortly afterwards and the stranded vessel broke up. [TS2]

Richard Allan. Motor fishing vessel, 26/15 tons. # 199165. Built Forster, NSW, 1955; reg. Sydney 21/1956. Lbd 47.0 x 14.6 x 4.6 ft. Skipper Robert Breen. Returning from Flinders Island to St. Helens with 80 bags of scallops, crashed into rocks on Storehouse Island, and capsized within 30 seconds, 3 May 1984. Crew rescued by the fishing vessel Vana.  [TS2]

Richmond Packet. Sloop, river trader, 26 tons. Lbd 36 x 13-8 x 5-2 ft. Built on the River Derwent, 1831; reg. Hobart 7/1831, 5/1854. Register closed with an undated comment ‘lost’ some time after the last dated entry was made in 1858. [TS1]

Ripp. Cutter, 12 tons. # 61037. Built at Port Effingham, River Tamar, Tasmania, 1868; reg. Launceston 9/1868. Lbd 33.6 x 13.2 x 5.4 ft.  Master Charles Lovegrove. On a voyage from the Mersey to the Forth, was caught in a westerly gale, ashore on Port Sorell Point, Tasmania, 13 April 1888. Crew saved. She was broken up around 1900. [TS1]
In 1876, involved in salvage - see schooner Margaret, Port Sorell Point, Tasmania, 1876.

Ripple. Fishing boat. Unregistered. Built at Formby, 1878, as a yacht. Lb 30 x 9-4 ft. Ashore on rocks, Rocky Cape, Tasmania, 24 October 1902.  [TS2]

Ripple. Cutter, 15 tons. # 32241. Built at Port Sorell, 1863: reg. Launceston 1/1864, Hobart 4/1869. Lbd 40.2 x 12.6 x 6.4 ft. Captain William Dominey. From Port Davey for Hobart, sank soon after a leak was  discovered, when  of South West Cape, Tasmania, 21 January 1877. Crew saved. [TS1]
In 1884, involved in rescue and salvage - see brig Robin Hood, Tasmania, 1884.

Ripple. Auxiliary cutter, 10 tons. Built 1905; unregistered. Lbd 41.6 x 10.0 x 4.0 ft. Skipper- owner D. C. Young. Sank in 11 fathoms of water in North West Bay, Tasmania, 25 February 1968. [TS2]
Also listed:
Ripple. Fishing boat. Found wreckage of the missing Acacia betwen Port Davey and South West Cape, March 1905. [NH]
Ripple. Fishing vessel. Involved in attempted salvage - see fishing vessel Nyllavert, Tasmania, 1960. [TS2]

River Chief. Ketch, 27 gross. #  32136. Built Peppermint Bay, 1853; reg. Hobart 13/1848, 6/1865. Lbd 51.2 x 16.3 x 4.7 ft. Master-owner Robert Blackwood.  Parted from her anchors in strong winds and drifted ashore, wrecked, at Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, 23 August 1918.
Broxam and Nash believe she could be the schooner Young River Chief, built 1847.  [TS2]

Roamer. Auxiliary launch. Unregistered. Burned to the waterline and sank, stern first, in deep water, close to Penguin, Tasmania, 6 July 1912. No lives lost.  [TS2]

Robert & Betsey. Schooner. Involved in rescue - see schooner Dobsons, lost Tasmania, 1860. [TS1]

Robert Burns. Schooner. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash make reference to the vessel being salvaged between 1880 and 1883.
Involved in salvage - see schooner Atalanta, lost Tasmania, 1858.
Involved in salvage - see brigantine Hargraves, lost Tasmania, 1863.
Involved in rescue - see barque Eucalyptus, lost Tasmania, 1870.
Involved in salvage - see brigantine Swordfish, lost Tasmania, 1882.

Robin Hood. Brig, 297/284 tons. # 54797. Built at Shoreham, UK, 1867; reg. Auckland 28/1881. Lbd  119.3 x 26.7 x 14.9 ft. Captain McDonald. From Kiapara, NZ, for Port Adelaide with kauri pine, wrecked when she struck a rock under Prime Seal Island, Furneaux Group, apparently while trying to shelter on 29 November 1884, and was beached under Waterhouse Island, north-east Tasmania. The cutter Ripple was sent to the wreck with a salvage party, returning with the remainder of the Robin Hood’s crew. The schooner Orson was engaged to take the discharged cargo to Melbourne. The hull appeared to be badly damaged but the coastal steamer Dorset towed her back to Launceston; then towed to George Town by the tug Tamar where her remaining cargo  was discharged into the brig Mercury and also taken to Melbourne. A diver reported her in generally in good condition, however she never went to sea again, and was presumably abandoned or broken up. [TS1]

Rocket. Ketch, 37 tons. # 57593. Built at Shipwright’s Point, Huon River, Tasmania, 1878; reg. Hobart 6/1878.  Lbd 64.0 x 18.2 x 5.2 ft. Tasmanian east coast trader. Captain Fahlborg. From Hobart for Launceston, wrecked near Bicheno. All lost: five crew and a passenger drowned. [TS1]

Rockhurst. Barque. Re-named - see Swedish barque Alfhild, lost Tasmania, 1909.

Roeter. Auxiliary cutter rigged motor fishing vessel, L.F.B. T35, 12/10 tons. # 191754. Lbd 38.35 x 10.05 x 4.35 ft. Built at a time and place unknown, but rebuilt at Prince of Wales Bay, 1951; reg. Hobart 6/1952. Skipper-owner Malcolm HartWhen a fishing net set by campers on shore fouled her propeller, she drifted stern first onto rocks, wrecked, near Conical Rocks, Tasmania, 11 May 1968. Two crew saved.  [TS2]

Rona. Half-decked yacht, 16 ft. Disabled in heavy squalls and sank off Garth’s Bank, about four miles south of Hobart on the Derwent River, 31 December 1913.  The three rescued by the SS Dover shortly before the vessel sank. [TS2]

Ronnell. Motor fishing vessel, 42/34 tons. # 315424. Built Hobart, 1945; reg. Melbourne, 2/1964. Lbd 55.2 x 15.9 x 6.8 ft. Wrecked after stranding, Gull Island, Tasmania,  5 February 1981. Crew of four landed safely. [TS2]

Ronnie. Steamship, 52/33 tons. # 105682. Built Port Cygnet, Tasmania, 1899; reg. Hobart 2/1899. Lbd 79.0 x 15.7 x 6.3 ft. Destroyed by fire, Otago Bay, Tasmania on 28 January 1938. [TS2]

Rosa. Yacht, 27 ft. Built at Strahan in the 1920s along superficially similar lines to the well known Queensciff couta boats.Blown from her moorings at Green’s Beach, Tamar River; wrecked, 1985. [TS2]

Rose. Ketch, 12 tons. # 57623. Built at Hobart, 1850; reg. Hobart 3/1890. Lbd 44.0 x 11.6 x 4.7 ft. Register closed on 9 May 1890, when she was given up as a total loss after sinking at an unspecified location in March. [TS1]
Note the forty years between construction and being registered.

Rose Ann. Schooner, 24 tons. # 32196. Built at Auckland, New Zealand, 1851; reg. Auckland 23/1851.  Aafter arriving at Melbourne in 1853, entered the Tasmanian coastal trade; lengthened by 12ft. in 1865,  28 tons (not noted on the register). Lbd 47.3 x 12.5 x 5.9 ft. Left the Pieman River, west coast Tasmania, with a cargo of pine when the wind died and she drifted onto the rocks, 28 March 1867. Crew saved. [TS1]
On 16 August 1853, capsized off Tamar Heads, drowning all four on board.

Rose M. Fishing vessel, 30 ft.  Built at Bridport Sprang a leak while fishing out of Port Sorell and foundered off Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania, 1984.  [TS2]

Rosetta. Auxiliary ketch, 35 tons. # 31645. Built at the Clarence River, NSW, 1851; reg, Melbourne 44/1854, 2/1901.Lbd  49.0 x 15.2 x 5.2ft.  Rebuilt at Williamstown, 1900.  Melbourne register closed 1928 with the comment ‘vessel lost at sea, date unknown’. May have foundered in Bass Strait.

Rosetta. See brig Mary & Elizabeth. [TS1]

Rosny. Twin-screw (double-ended) motor vessel, 270/182 tons. # 133481. Built Battery Point, Hobart, 1913 as a steam ferry for the trans-Derwent ferry service; reg. Hobart 10/1913, 2/1931. Lbd 110.0 x 24.0 x 11.0 ft.. Employed on Port Phillip Bay between 1919 and 1931, she had been converted into a diesel powered cruise vessel in 1963.  Had a chequered career in Tasmania and Port Phillip; in 1967 ended her commrcial days as a ferry, cruiseboat then house boat before being hulked at Launceston. Sank at her moorings, Kayena, Tasmania, 24 July 1967.
On 28 March 1945, collided with ss Breone, Tasmanian waters.  [TS2],[LH]

Rotuma. Brigantine, 223/196 tons. # 101111. Built at Kragero, Norway, 1880; reg. Hobart 11/1901. Lbd 103.2 x 25.8 x 12.2 ft. Parted her cables in a gale  and drifted across the River Derwent, Tasmania, to go ashore in a small bay on Droughty Point, 18 September 1907. Broken up where she lay.  [TS2]

Rover. River craft. Wrecked Tasmania, pre 28 November 1883, but location and date unknown. [TS1]

Rover’s Bride. Cutter, 17 tons. # 32243. Built at Windermere, River Tamar, Tasmania, 1864; reg. Launceston.  Lbd  40.8 x 14.0 x 5.8 ft. Captain Goble. From Launceston for George’s Bay,  was passing through Bank’s Strait when she sprang a severe leak off Cape Portland; a strong current prevented her from being beached before sinking.   All hands landed safely in the boat, and were picked up by the ketch Dart. Captain Goble lost his life when the ketch Tommy Dodd foundered at Port Phillip Heads on or about 27 June 1876. [TS1]
In May 1865, ashore at Emu Bay, Tasmania, during bad weather and had suffered considerable damage.

Rowitta. Steamer. Built Hobart, 1908.  Preserved as an exhibit at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum at Warrnambool, Victoria. [TS2] [TS2]

Royal Charlie. Ketch, 28 tons. # 61063. Built at Sulphur Creek, north-west coast of Tasmania, 1873; reg. Melbourne 23/1875. Lbd 48.5 x 18.3 x 6.1 ft. Sprang a leak and sank about ten miles off Rocky Cape,  north-west coast Tasmania, 21 November 1879. No loss of life. [TS1]

Royal Exchange. Brig, 222 tons. # 22835. Built at Newhaven, UK, 1842; reg. Newcastle, NSW, 7/1863. Lbd 93.0 x 23.2 x 14.2 ft. Master and part-owner Hill. From Lyttleton, NZ, for Melbourne with oats, hit rocks that were not marked, off  Swan Island, north-east Tasmania, then a second hit on a reef where she held fast, July 1868. Abandone; crew of ten and Captain’s wife landed safely, and picked up by the ketch Seymour, which was delivering stores to the lighthouse, and taken on to Hobart. [TS1]

Royal Oak. Ketch, 97/77 tons. #  32545. Built West Cowes, Isle of Wight, 1852, as the paddle steam tug Sophia, 87/35 tons, lbd 88.1 x 16.8 x 8.9 ft; reg. Melbourne 2/1879, 12/1884. Lengthened, rebuilt and renamed at Melbourne in 1884. Lbd 107.3 x 18.6 x 7.8 ft. Rebuilt as a sailing vessel in 1904. Captain J. Roddy. Sailed from Hospital Bay, Huon River for Port Adelaide with timber;  encountered heavy weather which led to her leaking, so she was  beached five miles east of Tamar Heads to prevent her sinking, 21 April 1905. Crew landed safely. During the night the vessel floated, drifted ashore on Five Mile Bluff, where she soon went to pieces. [TS2]

Royal Shepherd. Steamer. Involved in rescue - see schooner Dobsons, lost Tasmania, 1860. [TS1]

Royal William. Cutter, 43 tons. # 32082. Built at Kangaroo Point, Tasmania, 1833; reg. Hobart 12/1833, 28/1841, 9/1855. Lbd 42-1. x 16-2. x 8-2 ft.  She had travelled widely during her early years, including trading in New Zealand waters during the 1840s, but with increasing age did not go so far afield, and during her final years traded exclusively in the river trade out of Hobart. Master-owner William Wisby. Stranded at Shepherd’s Point, near Great Oyster Cove, D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania,  2 June 1910. Two crew landed safely. The cutter was later hauled off and towed back to Hobart; found damaged beyond economical repair and two months later was broken up. [TS1],[TS2]
In 1839, sank in Macquarie Harbour.
On 15 November 1848, under master-owner John Lovitt, sunk at Wabb’s Harbour, Bicheno, Tasmania; refloated July 1849.
On 7 July 1861, driven ashore at Southport in a gale south of Hobart, and spent over two years ashore before being salvaged.

Rubina. Cutter, fishing vessel, 36 ft. Unregistered. Master-owner Percy Rush Left Hobart on a trip to Storm Bay, mid-November 1901, but failed to return. Her dinghy was found on rocks near Dunalley, and the well-top floating off Green Island, Tasmania.  No further trace of the vessel or two crew were found.

Ruby. Auxiliary ketch, 25/22 tons. # 120726. Built Williamstown, Victoria, 1905; reg.  Melbourne 3/1905.  Lbd 49.7 x 15.2 x 7.4 ft. A cruiser-sterned vessel (commonly, but incorrectly, called a double-ender). Master, E. A. Fox. Stranded on St. Helens bar while inward bound, lost, 17 June
1949.  [TS2]
Also listed:
Ruby. Fishing boat. Sent to search for the missing auxiliary ketch Catherine, lost Tasmania, 1916, with no success.  [TS2]

Ruby. Motor launch, formerly an auxiliary cutter, 40 ft. Built Garden Island Creek, Tasmania, in the 1920s; unregistered. On a voyage from Hobart for Strahan encountered gale force winds and began to leak; sank off Birthday Bay, south of Macquarie Harbour, 9 December 1968. Crew of three saved.  [TS2]

Ruth. Cutter, 9 tons. Built at Peppermint Bay, D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania; unregistered. Lbd  28 x 11 x 3.6 ft. Captain Kenney. Sailed from Beaconsfield for Launceston with a cargo of unslaked lime,  was run down by the steamer Mangana and sank between Haystack Point and Stephensons Bend, about five miles from Launceston, 6 November 1884. All three crew saved. On 4 February 1885, the river steamer Empress of India struck the wreck, evidently lying in shallow water, and lost her rudder. The steamer Tamar was then directed to haul the cutter out of the fairway.

Safety. Fishing vessel, 6 tons, 35 ft. Unregistered. Sank off South Bruny Island, Tasmania, 27 April 1964.  [TS2]

Saguenay. Auxiliary ketch, 28/26 tons. # 151820. Built Williamstown, Victoria, 1924 as the  yacht Iola; reg. Melbourne 21/1924. Changed name 1927. Lbd 48.1 x 13.2 x 6.6 ft. Master Captain Learmonth In a gale, dragged onto a reef about four hundred yards offshore New Year Islands, western Bass Strait, wrecked, 21 April 1934. Of the crew of five, only one managed to swim to safety. [TS2]

Sally. Schooner,  40 tons. Built at Cook’s River, NSW, 1821; eg. Hobart, 7/1825. Lbd 41-9. x 15- 9. x 8-2 ft. Captain Thomas Crabtree. From Hobart to Ringarooma Bay on the north-east coast, Tasmania, lost when stranded about a quarter of a mile offshore near her destination, during a gale, 30 June 1826. Thirteen lives were lost, including the three women and five children on board. The survivors reached George Town in the whaleboat on 13 July. [TS1],[ASW1]
Lawson, and O’May, give the number lost as fifteen.

Samson. Liberty ship. Initially the John J. Ingalls; renamed when transferred on bare-boat charter to the British Ministry of War Transport. Captain Walter Stafford. Scrapped at Orange, Texas in 1961. The finding of a lifeboat from the vessel, lost whilst on her way from Hobart to Karachi, led to speculation that she had met enemy fire and had sunk, but in fact the lifeboat and other items broke away during a gale.  [TS2]

San Michelle. Yacht, 30 ft, ex Heather Anne. On fire, sank off Droughty Point on the River Derwent, Tasmania, 19 May 1981. [TS2]

Sandra R. Fishing vessel. See Taumarunui.  [TS2]

Sanwar. Auxiliary yacht, fishing vessel, 22ft.  Skipper-owner John Wells. Wrecked on rocks at Don Heads, Tasmania, 26 March 1973. [TS2]

Sarah Ann. Schooner, 22 tons. Built on the River Derwent, Tasmania, 1827; reg.  Hobart 1/1828, 4/1831; reg. Launceston 3/1835, 3/1836. Lbd 36-7 x 12-3 x 5-2 ft. There is no positive trace of the vessel after December 1831.[TS1]
Broxham and Nash note: Parsons believes she was the vessel of that name that Loney reports as a wreck at Port Fairy in January 1836.  We believe that this is a mistaken entry for the sloop Sarah Ann of Launceston wrecked there in June, and it is more likely that the Sarah Ann of Hobart came to grief in the southern coastal trade.

Sarah Ann. Ketch, 45 tons. # 57549. Built on the Huon River, Tasmania, 1874; reg. Hobart 9/1874. Lbd 66.5 x 16.9 x 5.8 ft. Master-owner Charles Oats. Sailed from Launceston for Hobart on 21 April 1893 with a cargo of grain but failed to arrive. Captain Johnson of the ketch Korunnah  located the wreck about thirty yards offshore in Hen & Chickens Bay, Tasmania, in July. There was no trace of the crew of five or the passenger. [TS1]

Sarah Ann. Ketch, 21 tons. # 78064. Built at Torquay, River Mersey, 1878; reg. Launceston 6/1878.   Lbd 47.6 x 14.2 x 5.4 ft. Master-owner Thomas Lancaster. From Table Cape for Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, caught in a gale and driven ashore about five miles north of Whales Head, 7 December 1879.  Crew saved; walked overland to the Pieman River and picked up by the SS Amy  which returned them to the Mersey. On 10 December, Captain Edward Taylor of the ketch Foam boarded the wreck and rescued the ship’s cat. [TS1]
On 26 February 1879, stranded near Barrel Rock at Tamar Heads, Tasmania.

Sarah. Steamer, 17/11 tons. # 31889. Built at Port Albert, Victoria, 1869; reg. Melbourne in 1871, reg. Launceston 3/1880. Lbd 54.3 x 11.4 x 5.4 ft. Originally a paddle steamer, was rebuilt as a screw steamer in 1874. Served at Port Albert until April 1872, then to Westernport.  On a voyage from Launceston to the Mersey, Tasmania, was passing out of Tamar Heads when struck by a series of heavy squalls, which rendered her unmanageable, and ran onto Dotterel Reef, sank off Pilot Bay, 1 January 1882. All hands saved. [TS1],[LPA]

Satellite. Cutter, 18 tons. # 32251. Built at Wynyard, Tasmania, 1865; reg. Launceston 5/1865, 7/1867. Lbd 38.6 x 13.9 x 5.8ft. Lengthened at Port Sorell in 1876, to a schooner, 23 tons. Lbd 47.9 x 14.2 x 5.7 ft. Master William West. Sailed from Table Cape for Launceston on 15 August 1876, with two crew, one passenger and a cargo of produce, but failed to arrive. Wreckage later identified as from the Satellite came ashore on Northdown Beach east of Mersey Heads, 20 August 1876. She probably hit the Horseshoe Reef north-east of Mersey Heads, and gone down with the loss of all hands. In October Captain W. Taylor of the ketch Dagmar landed on Wright’s Island and found extensive wreckage from the Satellite and  recovered human bones. [TS1]

Saywhen. Twin-screw motor-launch, 18 tons. Ex President II. Built Launceston,  1935; unregistered. Lbd 52 x 13.5 x  4 ft. Captain Jelley. Apparently requisitioned for use in the Pacific, sailed from Hobart for Sydney on 23 May 1942, and after calling at east coast Swansea, Tasmania, on the 25th, foundered in or near Lagoon Bay, their bodies being found on the beach along with the broken-up remains of the vessel. Five crew lost. [TS2]

Scot. (Scott). Cutter, 42 tons. Reg. at Liverpool, UK. Lbd  44ft. x 15ft.3in. x 7ft.1 ft. First arrived at Melbourne from Liverpool on 23 December 1852, and from there arrived at Hobart on 10 May 1853, after which she was apparently engaged in the coastal trade. An attempt to sell her in May 1854 does not appear to have been successful, as she was never reregistered in Tasmania. Wrecked ashore when her anchors dragged in a gale, Forestier Peninsula, Tasmania, 28 August 1856. [TS1]
On 14 May 1855, ashore at Sandy Bay during the gale that wrecked the Letitia and Morning Star. [TS1]

Scotia. Two masted schooner, 112 tons. Built at North West Bay, Tasmania, 1841; reg. Tasmania, then Geelong in 1852. Lbd 68.3 x 19 x 11.3 ft. Master R.S. Wilkinson. Ashore north of Rocky Boat Harbour, Bay of Fires, Tasmania, 23 December 1842. Raised 19 April 1843, and returned to Hobart under Master Peter Patterson. [ASW1]

Scotia. Schooner, 118 tons. Built at Perth, Scotland, 1847; reg. Dundee, 3/1847. Lb 67.4 x 17.5 ft. Captain Bartlett. From Dundee to Melbourne, hit on a reef off Little Swan Island, north-east Tasmania, 23 May 1854. All hands saved. She was not too badly damaged when she slipped off the reef and drifted a long way before she finally sank, probably off St. Helens. [TS1]
In 1847, involved in rescue - see schooner Elizabeth, Swan Island, Tasmania, 1847. [TS1]

Scout. Brig, 96 tons. Built at a time and place unknown; seized as a slaver at Sierra Leone in 1838.  Registered at Hobart, 14/1846, 54/1848.  Lbd 81.0 x 20.3 x 9.7ft. Captain Cundell. From Hobart to Port Adealide, struck an apparently uncharted rock, possibly Salamander Rock, about three miles east-north-east of Black Reef off Cape Naturaliste, north-east Tasmania, 22 May 1849. The schooner John Bull, which had been sheltering under Swan Island, saw the brig in distress and bore up to lend assistance. No lives lost. [TS1],[ASW1]

Sea Bird. (Seabird). Wooden brigantine, 155 tons. # 32142. Built at Birch’s Bay on the D’Entrecasteaux, Tasmania, 1865; reg. Hobart 13/1865. Originally rigged as a ketch. Lbd 98.0 x 22.8 x 10.0 ft.  Re-registered Auckland 10/1891. Captain Creagh. Inward bound from Auckland with a cargo of sawmill machinery for Strahan, was entering Macquarie Harbour through the channel at Hell’s Gates when struck by a squall which drove her about 150 metres off course on to the South spit, 2 December 1891. The Sea Bird could not be refloated and within days the brigantine had washed over the bar and ashore about 100 metres from Entrance Island, where the sea broke over her and she was soon destroyed. Crew rescued by SS Banks Peninsula.[TS1],[LHG - date of loss given as 13 December 1891]
On 10 March 1866, stranded at the mouth of the Grey River, NZ, suffering considerable damage.
On 28 April 1873, stranded at McDonnell Bay, SA, suffering considerable damage.

Sea Bird. Steamship, 54/24 tons. # 106165. Built at Berrys Bay, Sydney, 1897; reg. Hobart 7/1901. Lbd 68.9 x 16.5 x 6.5 ft. Master Harry Wilson. Sent from Hobart to Adventure Bay to assist the sinking ketch Priscilla (which sank before the steamer arrived),  drifted bow-first onto the rocky foreshore about two miles from the jetty at Adebture Bay, 12 June 1909. Her cables had parted. Crew of seven saved.  Vessel was wrecked.  [TS2]

Sea Bird. Fishing launch, 30 ft. In a gale, wrecked Perkins Island, Tasmania,  27 March 1949. [TS2]

Sea Breeze. Barque, 341 tons. # 43317. Built at Waldboro, Maine, USA, 1854; reg. Melbourne 2/1862 Lbd 121.8 x 27.4 x 16.4 ft. Captain Rae. In a gale, dragged her anchors and went ashore, Stanley, north-west coast tasmania, 21 November 1864. She had previously  struck the reef off North Point, Circular Head, and was waiting to get underway for Launceston for repairs. After some difficulty, ten crew were rescued, but the carpenter was swept awat and drowned. The survivors reached Launceston on board the schooner Jane Elizabeth. [TS1]

Sea Breeze. Cutter, 13 tons. # 79272. Built at Port Lempriere, River Tamar, Tasmania, 1885; reg. Launceston 2/1885. Lbd 35.7 x 13.0 x 3.8 ft. Master-owner Thomas Brown. From PiperÆs River for Launceston with a cargo of oats and peas,  hit the reef off Lighthouse Point when entering the Tamar, 12 June 1885. She was badly holed, and when the pumps were choked by the peas in the cargo, it became evident that the vessel could not be saved.  The crew left in the boat shortly before the vessel rolled off the reef and sank. [TS1]

Sea Eagle. Abalone boat,  2 tons, 18.5 ft. Destroyed by fire, Johnstone's Bay, Tasmania, 5 December 1969.  [TS2]

Sea Eagle. Steel motor fishing vessel, 19 tons. Unregistered. Built in 1972. Lbd 39.75 x 13.25 x 4.75 ft.  Abandoned by two crew in a sinking condition when about four miles off Fishers Point, Recherche Bay, Tasmania, 3 May 1973. The Tallarook, anchored about ten miles away, picked up the radio message and later rescued the men.  Attempts to tow the Sea Eagle to safety failed, and she sank stern first soon afterwards.
On 11 November 1972, sank off Maria Island , drowning her master David Young.  When raised, no reason for her sinking could be found, although it was thought she may have shipped some heavy seas over the stern and filled while the crew were in the wheelhouse. [TS2]

Sea Gull. Collier barque, 439/423 tons. # 51031. Built at Williamsborough USA, 1856 as the Gorilla, then Mattawan. Reg. Port Adelaide.  From Newcastle to Adelaide with coal, lost off Babel Island, Furneaux Group, 27 December 1879. She had collided with the iron three-masted schooner St. Kilda. One man killed; the captain seriously injured by falling spars. The barque eventually foundered.  [TS2]

Sea Runner. Abalone boat, LFB RX6, 2 tons, 15.8 ft. Wrecked in a gale, Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, 25 March 1972.  [TS2]

Sea Shell. Fishing smack. Vessel of nine tons. Unregistered. Captain William Furness. Sank at anchor during a gale, George’s Rocks, east coast Tasmania, 4 January 1897. All three crew saved.

Sea Urchin. Fibreglass fishing vessel LFB 442 (RF7), 2.5 tons, 18.3 ft. Exploded in flames, Swan Island, Tasmania, 19 June 1975. [TS2]

Seabird. Timber-hulled yawl-rigged yacht. Put ashore at Coles Bay on the Tasmanian  east coast, 1942. The sailor was an escaped convict who had stolen the vessel from Invercargill, NZ. [TS2]

Seawalker. Sloop-rigged yacht. # 851152. Built Albany, WA, 1958. Lbd 10.0 x 3.148 x 1.524 metres. Skipper Cornelius Schoeman. From Albany to New Zealand, aground on Ninth Island, Tasmania. Skipper saved by helicopter. [TS2]

Secret. Cutter. Involved in rescue - see coastal vessel Little Shannon, lost Tasmania, 1862.

Secret. Schooner. Involved in rescue - see barque Momento, Cape Portland, Tasmania, 1877.

Secret. Fishing boat. Unregistered. Run down off Recherche Bay, south-west Tasmania, by the inward bound SS Devon, 17 June 1891. She sank within minutes, however the two crew departed rapidly in the dinghy.  [TS1]

Secret. Fishing boat. Unregistered. Sank after colliding with the fishing boat Inez, about a mile from Green Island in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, 9 June 1936.  Two crew picked up by the Inez, which was damaged but made Hobart.  [TS2]

Selina Elizabeth. Fishing cutter. Built at Hobart, 1872; unregistered. Lbd 35-4 x 7-9 x 3-10 ft. From Hobart on a fishing trip, her capsized hull was found ashore on Hope Beach, 2 May 1873. Holes had been cut into her bottom, suggesting she had capsized and the crew had attempted to provide hand-holds to cling to until she drifted ashore.  No trace, however, was ever found of any of the crew of four, who must have slipped off and drowned. Hull drifted ashore and btoke up.

Senorita. Schooner, 95 ton. Captain Scapland. Arrived at Sydney from San Francisco on 4 April 1854, and after discharging her passengers sailed for Hobart on 30 April in ballast with four passengers amd never heard of again. The Hobart Courier reported that an upturned vessel thought to be the Senorita had been seen, but did not state where or when. [TS1]

Seymour. Ketch. Involved in rescue - see brig Royal Exchange, Swan Island, eastern Bass Strait, 1868.

Seymour. Steamer, 75/42 tons. # 117663.  Built Manning River, NSW, 1904; reg. Sydney, 27/1904. Lbd 87.8 x 20.4 x 4.8 ft. At anchor off Maria Island, Tasmania, when she parted from her cables during a heavy gale, ashore, wrecked, 22 June 1924. .  [TS2]

Shamrock. Cutter, 31 tons. Built at Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, 1832; reg. Hobart, 36/1841, 32/1842. Lbd 46.6 x 15.0 x 7.5 ft. Master and part-owner Thomas Boyd. Sailed from Launceston for Hobart on 1 May 1845 but failed to arrive. In May wreckage identified as being from the Shaamrock was found on the Tasman Peninsula. Captain Taylor of the Sylvanus reported sighting her off Cape Raoul. [TS1],[LPA],[ASW1 - dandy, 36 tons]

Shamrock II. Fishing boat, 18 ft. Destroyed by fire, Tasmanian waters, February 1953.  [TS2]

Shannon. Colonial Government schooner, 32 tons. Launched at Macquarie Harbour, 27 September 1834.
Master John Thornelow.  Left Port Arthur for Hobart on 7 or 8 October 1834, but failed to arrive. Last seen standing towards Tasman Head; probably capsized and sunk in one of the strong south-westerly squalls that were prevalent in Storm Bay at the time of her departure. Crew of five and seven passengers lost. [TS1],[ASW1]

Shannon. Schooner, 41 tons. Lbd 54.8 x 14.5 x 6.7ft. Built at Melbourne, 1850; reg. Melbourne, 1/1851. Wrecked on Black Reef at Tamar Heads while inward bound from River Mersey, Tasmania, 13 August 1855. One crew drowned. [TS1]

Shannon. Auxiliary ketch,  49 gross. # 32046. Built on the Huon River, 1856; reg.  Hobart 12/1856. Lbd 72.7 x 17.2 x 5.4 ft. Built along the lines of a Thames barge, for many years she was engaged in the coal trade between Tasman Peninsula and Hobart.  Master-owner George H. Quinn. From the Kermandie River for Hobart, collided with SS Gundiah, off Barnes Bay, D'Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, 17 April 1928. The Shannon was badly damaged below the waterline, and sank within fifteen minutes in twenty fathoms of water.  The crew got clear in the dinghy and were picked up by the errant steamer.
In 1906, disabled in a gale in  the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, 1906. [TS2]
In 1916, suffered damage after stranding near Simpsons Point on Bruny Island, Tasmania. [TS2]
In 1926, assisted in raising the ketch Mystery, near South Arm, Tasmania, 1926. [TS2]

Sheerwater. (Launched as Shearwater). Auxiliary ketch, 71/44 tons. # 174393. Built Port Cygnet, 1948; reg. Launceston 1/1956. Lbd 76.7 x 18.1 x 7.2 ft. Master Peter Donaldson. From Whitemark for Launceston via Badger Island with sheep, wrecked on a reef just off Ninth Island, Furneaux Group, 23 August 1962. Crew saved, but sheep were not so fortunate.
On 11-12 June, 1954,  blown ashore from her moorings in a gale at Whitemark, Flinders Island. [TS2]

Shelinaben. Steel auxiliary cutter yacht,12-metre. Built 1992. From Sydney to Devonport, encountered a gale south of the Kent Group; headed for Prime Seal Island but washed ashore (on Prime Seal Island?), 14 May 1994. Six on board rescued by helicopter the following day. [TS2]

Shiralan. Motor launch, 32 ft. Built at Invermay, Launceston, 1943. Destroyed by an explosion at her moorings on the Tamar River, Tasmania, 1987.

Shiralee. Iron steam tug, 109/68 tons. # 64807. Built at Yarra Bank, Melbourne by J. C. Johnson's Tyne Foundry, 1875, for William Howard Smith & Sons; reg. Melbourne 30/1875, 5/1898.  Lbd 96.2 x 17.1 x 8.3 ft. Initially Sprightly. Lengthened and extensively altered by Robinson Bros. Ltd. of Melbourne in 1895. Owner-master Frank Gericke.  On a crayfishing trip out of San Remo, Victoria, detained by the Stanley (north-west Tasmania) harbour-master as unseaworthy,30 June 1960. She had not been cleared when, on 11 August 1960 the vessel was off Sandy Cape, her engine failed. She was towed toward Strahan by the fishing boat Taswegian, but sank in 75 metres off Trial Harbour, 13 August 1960. [TS2]

Silver Cloud. Three-masted schooner, 292 tons. Built 1874. Broken up at Mount Direction, Tasmania.. [TS2]

Sir Eardley Wilmot. Cutter, 21 tons. Built at Bruny Island by her owner William Clark; reg. Hobart 6/1844. Lbd 40.2 x 11.6 x 7.0 ft.  Built for the ferry service out of Hobart, and then carrying coal to Hobart. Master Francis William McDonald. Parted her cables during a gale when loading a cargo of coal at Schouten Island, east coast Tasmania, and wrecked ashore, 12 December 1850. No loss of life. [TS1],[ASW1 - built Kangaroo Point, Tasmania]

Siroc. See brig Williamstown.

Sirocco. Wooden twin-screw motor launch, 13 tons. Built Sydney, 1939; unregistered. Lbd  42 x 12 x 3-9 ft. In use as a patrol and inspection boat, destroyed by fire, Hobart, 23 January 1942.

Sirocco. Motor cruiser, 10.34 metres. Owner-crew John and Jill Harris. Went missing after leaving St. Helens on 1 February 1985.  [TS2]

Sisters. Sloop, 13 tons.Built at Launceston, 1837; reg. Launceston 8/1837.  Lbd 34.4 x 10.5 x 5.5 ft. Her register was cancelled on 25 August 1838 with the notation ‘lost on the coast of Tasmania’, but no details of the precise date, location and circumstances are known. [TS1]

Sisters. Ketch, 33 gross. # 32081. Built on the Huon River, Tasmania, 1852; reg. Hobart 28/1849, 21/1859,  Launceston 3/1899.  Lbd 55.8 x 14.3 x 5.1 ft. Master Leslie Stephens. Encountering heavy weather off Swan Island, north-east Tasmania, and in a leaking condition as a result of a previous stranding in the Tamar, was beached on the eastern side of Waterhouse Island, where she became a total wreck, 26 March 1914. The crew were picked up by the ketch Heather Belle.
In February 1872, caught fire at Port Esperance and had to be scuttled to prevent her total destruction.  On 8 September 1875, ashore at Ralph’s Bay, Tasmania, but was soon refloated. [TS2]

Sisters. Schooner, 23 tons. # 32195. Built at Shell Island, Port Sorell, Tasmania, 1855; reg. Launceston 2/1855. Lbd 42.1 x 13.2 x 6.3 ft. Owner/master Edward Bartlett. From Port Sorell for Melbourne, encountered strong northerly winds and sheltered under Hunters Island, but dragged onto rocks, filled and broke up, 6 September 1865. Brig Janet Stewart assisted in rescue of all crew. [TS1]

Sisters. Cutter, 9 grosss. # 61034.  Built Flinders Island, Furneaux Group, 1868; reg. Launceston 4/1868. Lbd 36.6 x 10.7 x 4.1 ft. Register closed December 1902 with the comment ‘wrecked at Forsyth Island, Bass Strait about 1882'. Whatever remained from the wrecking was used to (re)build the cutter, named Bella Beaton (qv) and registered with a new official number. [TS2]

Skipjack. Ashore at Oyster Bay, east coast Tasmania.Refloated. [TS1]

Smuggler. Ketch, 10 tons. Unregistered. Originally a schooner. ‘Came to grief’ at Robbins Island, Tasmania, ‘around the late 1880s’. [TS1]
On 11 August 1876, ashore at Perkins Island with the loss of one crew.

Sokker. Fishing boat, 5 tons, 23.1 ft. Built prior to 1945; unregistered. Wrecked in a gale, Tasmanian waters, probably Flinders Island -  license cancelled on 21 May 1968. [TS2]

Solandra. Sloop-rigged yacht. Built 1977; unregistered. Lbd 7.3 waterline x 3.1  x 1.7 metres.  Master-owner Reg. Escott. From Hobart to Sydney, preparatory to entering a race from Sydney to Noumea, ran aground, wrecked, off Cat Island, Furneaux Group, 4 May 1983. Crew of six safe. She was later replaced by a new vessel of the same name. [TS2]

Soluna. Fishing vessel. Involved in rescue - see Levina N, lost Waterhouse Island, Tasmania, 1987. [TS2]

Sophia. Schooner, 22 tons. Built at North West Bay, Tasmania, 1841; reg. Hobart  33/1841, 45/1849. Lbd 40.5 x 14.0 x 7.1 ft. Master Daniel Martin. Arrived at Melbourne under her owner’s command on 15 January 1852 and then entered the Port Phillip Bay trade.[TS1]
Broxham and Nash believe that she in fact ended her days in Victorian, and not Tasmanian, waters.

South Carolina. Full-rigged ship, American whaler, 302 tons. Built at Charlston, South Carolina, 1815; reg. Hobart 8/1852. Lbd 90.0 x 25.2 x 17.3 ft. Captain Alexander. Having arrived at Hobart in distress  on 7 January 1868 was condemned and sold. Subsequently used a s a home for two families at Risdon Cove, Tasmania, but later sank. Her register was closed in 1868. [TS1]

Southern Cross. Iron steamship, 779/477 tons. # 48664. Built at Govan, Scotland by Thomson Bros., 1864; reg. Hobart 12/1878 in the name of the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Company. Lbd 234.0 x 26.7 x 17.8 ft. Originally a three-masted schooner rigged vessel of 640 gross tons, 207.0ft. in length, lengthened at Sydney in 1878, re-engined, and the main-mast removed to give her a more modern appearance. Captain White. From West Devonport for Burnie, Stanley and Melbourne, was impaled amidships by an uncharted rock right in the middle of the fairway off Rocky Cape, north-west Tasmania, about half a mile offshore, 22 February 1889. Crew and passengers saved, with assistance from SS Herbert. It was hoped she may be saved with the rising tide, but it was not to be. Some gear was salvaged but all passenger luggage was lost. The wreck is a popular site for scuba divers. [TS1],[ASR],[DG - built Glasgow, 1879],[LAH]
In 1871, involved in rescuee - see schooner Ann, lost Swan Island, north-east Tasmania.
On 31 August 1879, involved in salvage; towed the stricken barque Lady Emma from Port Davey to Hobart,, where the barque was condemned.

Southern Cross. Double-ended fishing boat. Built Hobart, 1889; unregistered. Lbd 37 x 9 x 4 ft. Master-owner  John Davis. Sailed from Port Arthur for a fishing trip around Fortesque Bay on or about 20 July 1908, but was never seen or heard from again. Two lost.  [TS2]

Southern Cross. Barquentine, 291/257 tons. # 98988. Built at Wyvenhoe, Essex, UK, 1891; reg. Melbourne. Lbd 131.0 x 26.6 x 14.2 ft. Built as an auxiliary steamship for the Melanesian Missionary Society before being sold and converted into a cargo vessel. Captain T. C. Harrison. Sailed from Melbourne for Hobart on 12 September 1920 with a general cargo including 1000 cases of benzine on deck, a total crew of twelve, but failed to arrive. However, unlike the schooner Amelia J which disappeared without trace only a week before, the barquentine left sufficient evidence to indicate her fate; on 22 September, a large quantity of wreckage was found on the coast of King Island north of Currie. HMAS Platypus was withdrawn from the Amelia J. search to look for the crew, but found nothing except flotsam. SS Koomeela and Launceston tug Wybia also joined the search, with similar results. Speculation included that she may have struck rocks and blown up or she may have struck one of a number of mines dropped by the German raider Wolff at the north-eastern entrance to Bass Strait in 1917.
On 28 December 1912 the Southern Cross had grazed a rock in Anderson’s Bay, but fortunately suffered little if any damage. [TS2]

Southern Cross. Fishing vessel. Involved in rescue - see fishing vessel Jennifer Hardy, lost southern Tasmania, 1994.  [TS2]

Sparrowhawk. Barque. Collided with and sank the steam launch Pride of the Tamar (qv), Bass Strait, 1875. [TS1]

Spec. Brig. Offered assistance to the barque Eucalyptus but not required, Tasmania, 1870. [TS1]

Spec. Fishing cutter. Left Launceston for Bridport in March 1892, and never seen again. In June, wreckage was found found along the rocky foreshore at Andersons Bay on the north-east coast Tasmania. [TS1]

Spray. Ketch, 9 tons. # 32258. Built at the Don River, north coast Tasmania, 1865; reg. Launceston 3/1866. Lbd 36.0 x 11.1 x 6.4 ft. Captain Kenny. From Launceston for Piper’s River, Tasmania, swept onto rocks in a gale, Waterhouse Island, 21 March 1873. Crew landed safely and later reached Launceston on board the cutter Teazer. [TS1]

Spray. Cutter-yacht. Built at Hobart, launched 10 September 1874. Lbd 28 x 6-6 x 2 ft. Capsized and sank in a squall while nearing her destination of Dunkley’s Point, Tasmania, on a trip from Hobart, 11 December 1874.  One crew drowned.

Spray. Cutter, 12 tons. # 57616. Built at Southport, 1887; reg. Hobart 9/1887. Lbd 38.0 x 12.0 x 4.6 ft.  Captain Robert McGee. Left Flinders Island 12 July 1895 to Geelong; put into Westernport to shelter on 17 July 1895, then sailed again later in the afternoon, but was not seen again. Two crew. In December a bottle was washed ashore at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, containing a piece of paper with poetry on one side and on the other the message “Spray, sinking off Flinders Island, G. Lewis.”  The message was believed genuine.

Spray. Cutter. Struck by the ketch Amy Moir at Lagoon Bay, near Tamar Heads, due to the fact that the cutter was not showing any lights, 4 April 1904. [TS2]

Spray. Auxiliary ketch, 22/20 tons. # 119241. Built at Birch Bay, Tasmania, 1905; reg. Hobart 10/1905, 15/1914. Lbd 52.5 x 17.0 x 3.7 ft. Dragged her anchors, wrecked ashore, during heavy weather, Old Jetty at Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, 13 September 1938.
On 4 November 1905, Under master Ebenezer Meredith, capsized off Peppermint Bay Point, D'Entrecasteaux Channel , one drowned.
In November 1910, capsized  near the Flowerpot on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, no loss of life. [TS2]

Sprightly. Iron steam tug, 109/68 tons. # 64807. Built at Yarra Bank, Melbourne by J. C. Johnson's Tyne Foundry, 1875, for William Howard Smith & Sons; reg. Melbourne 30/1875, 5/1898.  Lbd 96.2 x 17.1 x 8.3 ft. Lengthened and extensively altered by Robinson Bros. Ltd. of Melbourne in 1895. Renamed Shiralee, operated as a fishing vessel when lost, Tasmania, 1960.  [TS2]

Spy. Schooner, 46 tons. Built at Long Bay on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel,  1848; reg. Hobart, 29/1848, 39/1853. Lbd 68.0 x 15.2 x 5.2 ft. Spent most of her career in the timber trade between Hobart, west coast Tasmania, and Melbourne. Captain Gaffin.  Entered the Pieman River, on west coast Tasmania, with a cargo of Huon pine, when she stranded on a spit inside the heads. late March 1855. The captain and crew of five took seventeen days to reach Port Davey in the last stages of exhaustion, and were taken to Hobart by the schooner Annie. During the trek, the ship’s boy was drowned crossing a river. The wreck remained intact for many years, finally going to pieces in 1882.  Her cargo was recovered, reaching  Hobart on the steamer  Seymour. [TS1]
In August 1852, was stranded in the Kent Group but soon refloated, and in the meantime rescued several crew of the wrecked brig Mary, wrecked there 1852. [TS1]

Spy. Schooner, 62 tons. # 32184. Built at Ilfracombe on the River Tamar, 1854; reg. Launceston, 15/1854.  Lbd 64.0 x 15.4 x 8.0 ft. Captain Anderson. From Port Fairy for Launceston, sheltered at Port Sorell but was  driven ashore during a gale, 10-11 November 1855.  All hands saved. [TS1]

Squallis. Fishing boat. Master-owner Geoffrey Milnes. Capsized, sank, lost, crossing St. Helens bar, Tasmania, 2 February 1948. No lives lost.  [TS2]

St. Helens. Ketch, 68 tons. # 57575. Built at Battery Point, Hobart, 1876; reg. Hobart 17/1876. Lbd  74.8 x 20.4 x 8.1 ft. Master-owner Robert Austin Hall. Cleared Tamar Heads for Hobart,  caught in a strong westerly current and struck on the outer end of Black Reef, Cape Naturaliste, Tasmania, abandoned, 2 October  1880. Crew landed safely at St. Helens. [TS1]
In July 1877, stranded on the George’s Bay (St.Helens) bar; refloated, little damage.

St. Helens. Auxiliary ketch. See Neptune, lost Tasmania, 1951.  [TS2]

St. Therese. Catamaran, 11.5 metre.  Skipper John Cadwallader. A competitor in the Goodman Fielder Wattie Bicentennial Around Australia Yacht Race, capsized about thirty miles west of Port Davey after being struck by a ten metre wave, 30 August 1988. Crew saved. Vessel appears to have been a total loss. [TS2]

St.Olaves. Tug. Was towing the bucket dredge Nereus from NSW to Tasmania when the dredge suddently sank, taking two lives. The tug involved in the rescue.  [TS2]

Star. Fishing vessel. Unregistered. Master-owner A. F. Johnson. Ashore in a gale, New Year Island, western Bass Strait, 21 April 1934. Master and his son saved  by William Scott, who lived on the island. [TS2]

Star. Fishing vessel, LFB 507 (TDY), 9 tons. Lbd 36.5 x 10.6 x 4.2 ft. Broke from her moorings at Waubbs Bay, Bicheno, Tasmania, drifted onto rocks and broke up rapidly, 3 May 1971. [TS2]
Star. River steamer, 88 tons. Built 1890. Broken up at Mount Direction, Tasmania. [TS2]

Star of Tasmania. Fore-and-aft schooner, 31 tons. # 32077. Built at Hobart, 1859; reg. Hobart 10/1859, reg. Lyttleton 8/1863. Lbd  60.4 x 16.1 x 5.2 ft. Originally engaged in the Pittwater trade, then sold to New Zealand interests in 1863 for the coastal trade. Sailed from Hokitika, New Zealand, for Hobart on 12 October 1867 under the command of either James Brownell or her owner C. E. Melander, but failed to arrive. She was last seen about six miles off Adventure Bay, Tasmania; she  may have been overwhelmed and sunk in a squall. [TS1]
On 27 July 1862, ashore at Oamaru Bay, New Zealand; refloated.

Star of the Tamar. Cutter, 11 tons. # 32248. Built at Long Reach on the River Tamar, Tasmania, 1863; reg. Launceston 13/1864, 8/1865. Lbd 32.4 x 11.7 x 5.8 ft. Lengthened in 1865, 14 tons, lbd 39.0 x 11.8 x 5.6 ft. Sank off the Inglis River, Tasmania, 6 May 1881. Crew saved. Was refloated and moored off Parsons Creek inside the Inglis, but on 14 May 1881,  a heavy gale blew her ashore, wrecked.

Starling. Ketch, 58 tons. # 57561. Built at Battery Point, Hobart, 1875; reg. Hobart 1/1876. Lbd 77.0 x 18.7 x 7.1 ft. Captain James Garth. Dragged her anchors and strucck the rocks stern on at Bicheno, east coast Tasmania, 11 July 1883. Total loss. All saved. [TS1]
In 1879, involved in rescue - see schooner Bright Planet, lost Port Davey, Tasmania, 1879.

Stella A. Auxiliary ketch, 36/28 tons. # 153892. Built Strathblane, Tasmania, 1920 as the lighter Euro for the Tasmanian Timber Corporation; renamed when first registered at Hobart 2/1929. Lbd 61.7 x 17.8 x 4.7 ft.  Was engaged in salvaging timber from the wreck of the schooner Thuraka at Actaeon Reef, when she caught fire in Standaway Bay, Bruny Island after the engine backfired, 14 April 1930. Crew saved. [TS2]

Stranger. Ketch (although registered as a cutter), 27 tons. # 32064. Built at Port Esperance, 1856; reg. Hobart 8/1858. Lbd 40.7 x 15.7 x 7.4 ft. Captain McFie. From Port Davey for Hobart, encountered heavy weather, sought shelter under Bruny Island but dragged her anchors and stranded at The Pineapples, north of the South Bruny Lighthouse, 19 February 1868. Crew saved. [TS1]

Strathmore. Ketch, 90 tons. # 57517. Built at Shipwright’s Point, River Huon, Tasmania, 1871; reg. at Hobart 9/1871, 1/1883. Lbd 84.3 x 22.0 x 7.3 ft. Captain George Bennett. From Garden Island Creek for Launceston with timber, ashore in a gale, wrecked, at Little Mussel Roe Bay, Tasmania, 3 June 1895.  Crew of five saved, with assistance of steamer Warrentinna. [TS1],[LPA],[ASR]
On 16 August 1881, when outward bound for Port Pirie with potatoes, stranded at East Beach, Circular Head, Tasmania. A boat sent off from the SS Glenelg to assist capsized in the surf, drowning the steamer’s first and second officers.
In November 1891, ashore at Three Hut Point, Tasmania.

Strop. Fishing boat. Unregistered. Left Hobart early in February 1880 on a fishing trip to the area around South-West Cape, Tasmania, and disappeared. On 28 March the crew of the yacht Madge discovered the wreck on rocks abutting South Cape Bay. Two young crew members drowned. [TS1]

Struan. Brig, 201 tons. # 31639. Built at St. Martins, 1846; reg. Melbourne 20/1855. Lbd 85.2 x 20.7 x 13.5 ft. Captain Paterson. From Newcastle, NSW with coal for Melbourne, abandoned in a leaking condition, sank in heavy weather at the eastern approaches to Bass Strait, 12 August 1856. The schooner Gem hove to alongside and took off the crew; transferred to the Little Pet and landed at Melbourne.
Broxam and Nash report:
The position where the leak was first reported to have been detected is about forty miles north-north-east of the Kent Group and just within Victorian waters.  Her register, however, states that the vessel foundered sixty miles east of Hogan Island, which is about forty miles due north of Flinders Island and right on the border between Tasmania and Victoria.  It would appear that the master was attempting to run towards the Furneaux Group when the vessel foundered. [TS1]

Struggler. Cutter, 27 tons. Lbd 40.4 x 13.5 x 6.4 ft. Built at Oyster Cove, Tasmania, 1848; reg. Hobart,  36/1848, 40/1853. On a voyage from the Douglas River to Hobart with coal, sprang a leak in a gale; with much of her cargo of coal thrown overboard, she made Wineglass Bay and was beached, 7 December 1855. Crew landed safely; the vessel broke up rapidly.  [TS1]
On 29 April 1851, was seized at Safety Cove, Tasman Peninsula by convicts escaping from Port Arthur, but abandoned at St. Helens and recovered.
In November 1854, stranded on Maria Island while on a voyage from Spring Bay to Hobart. [TS1]

Struggler.  Vessel of 12 tons. Built at Circular Head, Tasmania; reg. Launceston 2/1851. On her maiden voyage from Circular Head to Launceston to be registered, was caught in the same bad weather that probably destroyed the Lady Denison, and piled up at the Heads, 24 April 1850. Vessel badly damaged; may have been rebuilt as the schooner Jane & Elizabeth.  [TS1],[ASW1]

Sue Ray. Fishing vessel, LFB No.456 (TP5), 7 tons, 29.0 ft. Reported to have sunk Tasmanian waters, November 1984. [TS2]

Sulatu. Ketch, 10.9 metre. Unregistered. Skipper Dr. Russell Pargiter. Aground on Conical Rocks, Tasmania, sank, 6 February,1985.   [TS2]

Sumi Maru No. 12. Japanese tuna fishing vessel, steel, 299 gross. # (Japanese) 113348. Built at Ise, Japan, 1973. Lbd 44.2 x 8.31 x 3.61 metres.  Captain Katsutochi Tanimoto. Collided with Japanese tuna trawler Hoshin Maru No. 22, some 380 kilometres south-west of Hobart, 6 December 1978. Sank a few hours later. Crew saved.  [TS2]

Summer Cloud. Barque. Saw a capsized hull of a large ship sixty miles north-east of the Hogan Group eastern Bass Strait, on 21 July; possibly that of the missing ship Harlech Castle. [TS1]

Sunbeam. Fishing cutter. Built Launceston, 1882, as the Mystery, renamed the following year. Unregistered. Lbd 28 x 7-4 x 2-6 ft. Originally a very successful racing yacht. Owner-master George Bischoff .Wrecked at Cox’s Bight, Tasmania, June 1902. [TS2]

Sunday At Home. Cutter. Unregistered. Captain Henry Johnson. On a prospecting trip from Smithton to the west coast Tasmania when she capsized off Sandy Cape during a gale, 15 June 1892. Master drowned; two saved. [TS1]

Surprise. Yacht. Stranded at the mouth of the Cam River, north-west coast Tasmania, December 1881. [TS1]

Surprise. Fishing boat. Unregistered. Parted her anchors off Peggy’s Point, Bicheno; ashore, wrecked, 1 August 1898. Crew of two saved. [TS1]

Surprise. Motor fishing vessel, about 26 tons. Unregistered.  Built  Portland, Victoria, 1976. Lbd  51 x 14 x 6 .5 ft. Master Eddie Palou. Hit by a freak wave, overturned and sank near Nye Bay, Tasmania, 9 April 1998. One life lost.  [TS2]

Susan. Sloop, 25 tons. # 32113. Lbd 40.5 x 12.2 x 7.1ft. Built at Pittwater, Tasmania, 1838; reg. Hobart 16/1848. The register of the sloop Susan was closed with the comment ‘wrecked’ in July 1865. [TS1]
On 7 March 1849,  under Captain Thomas Devine, hit rocks while entering Wabb’s Harbour, east coast Tasmania, and was beached at Spring Bay in a waterlogged state. She was undamaged except for a small hole, thought to have been drilled into her bottom; Devine was committed for trial on a charge of attempting to cast the vessel away, but was ultimately acquitted.
On 25 March 1861, under Captain Flight, ashore at Pittwater, refloated.
On 26 January 1864, involved in a collision with the schooner Susan.
Broxam and Nash note that the sloop Susan could have been refloated after her register closed, and note that there were two coasters of the name in the Barnes Bay-Hobart firewood trade at the time, the last of which is last reported inwards at Hobart on 18 October 1871.

Susan. Schooner. Involved in a collision with the sloop Susan, Tasmanian waters, 1865. [TS1]

Susan. Wooden hooker, 12 tons. Built at Hobart, 1874; unregistered. Captain Chamberlain. Ashore in a gale, wrecked, at Little Sandy Bay, Tasmania, August 1877. Lbd 42 x 9-3 x 4 ft. [TS1]

Svenor. Steel barque, 1356/1251 tons. #  92871. Built Glasgow, 1885, as the Corryvrechan; reg. Sandefjord, Norway. Lbd 240.0 x 36.2 x 21.5 ft. Captain Monson. Sailed from Fremantle, WA, for Newcastle in ballast on 15 April 1914, with a crew of ten, ‘seemingly quite inadequate for such a large vessel’. During a gale, the sand and gravel ballast shifted, and the vessel’s rail went under; the masts were cut away to prevent her from capsizing, after which she drifted helplessly for 22 days. The Tasmanian coast off Conical Rocks was sighted on 22 May 1914. The crew refused to remain on board in case she drifted out to sea again.  They loaded the boats with their personal effects and the ship’s papers, and headed for land. A few hours after the Svenor was abandoned, the SS Wainui, Melbourne to Strahan under Captain A. Campbell, came across the derelict vessel and sent a boat with the chief officer and four crew to investigate.  While they were doing so the Svenor’s crew, having seen the steamer’s smoke, rowed back, and were taken on board the Wainui.  Campbell decided to take the Svenor in tow, but after two lines were broken in the swell, he gave up, after having the derelict set on fire in the hope that she would soon sink and not become a menace to shipping.  The Wainui then continued on to Strahan, from where the Svenor’s crew were taken on to Melbourne. In December 1914 the Svenor was found stranded in the bay that now bears her name north of Port Davey, south-west coast Tasmania, damaged but still seaworthy.  She had drifted over a hundred miles from where the Wainui had abandoned her, then managed to clear several reefs to go ashore on one the few sheltered sandy beaches between Port Davey and Macquarie Harbour. She could not be refloated so was abandoned and for many years could be seen half buried in sand with her back broken, her stern section still visible on the beach. [TS2],[LH],[LAH]
~  In 1916 the ship’s bell was recovered and presented to the Nubeena church.  [TS2]

Swallow. Schooner, 66 tons. # 31859. Built at St. Martins Parish, Jersey, Channel Islands, UK, 1854; reg.  Geelong 4/1857,  Launceston 11/1875. Lbd  71.0 x 19.0 x 7.9 ft. Master-owner James Henry Burgess.
Burst a plank, capsized and sank about three miles off Emu Bay, Tsmania, 25 October 1876. [TS1]

Swansea Packet. Schooner,  40 tons. # 31924. Built at Port Cygnet, Tasmania, 1850; reg. Hobart 29/1850, 27/1854. Lbd  53.3 x 15.8 x 6.3 ft. Captain G. Atkinson. From Hobart for Launceston, encountered gales off the east coast Tasmania and in a badly leaking conddition with the pump broken, was abandoned, 21 April 1876. Two hours later the schooner Malcolm came across the crippled vessel, and unable to take her in tow, was left to her fate, the crew being taken on to Sydney.  The schooner was not seen again, and presumably foundered shortly afterwards. [TS1]
In 1857, involved in rescue - see barque Varna, lost Tasmania.

Swift. Vessel involved in rescue - see schooner Fairy, lost off Tamar heads, 1851. [TS1]

Swift. Auxiliary ketch, 24/20 tons. # 105686. Built Hobart, 1900; reg. Hobart, 5/1918. Lbd 53.4 x 15.4 x 4.7 ft. Ashore, wrecked, Cape Frederick Henry, Tasmania, 13 November 1935. Ketch Lenna assisted in salvage. [TS2]

Swiftness. Steel motor tug, 165/110 tons. Ex Fishguard, ex Plover. # 144464. Built Paisley, Scotland, 1920; reg. Hobart 1/1957.  Hobart Tug Company Pty. Ltd. Scuttled off Betsey Island, Tasmania, 21 August 1979. [TS2]

Swordfish. Brigantine, 155 tons. # 31942. Built at Hobart, 1850; reg. Hobart 4/1868. Lbd 89.6 x 23.2 x 11.1 ft.  Built for the passenger, timber and livestock trade between Hobart and Melbourne. Captain Delmar. New Zealand for Melbourne with timber, encountered gales that drove her across the eastern Bass Straits where she sheltered under Waterhouse Island, north-east Tasmania; parted her cables and swept ashore, wrecked, about a mile south-east of Tomahawk Island, 7 April 1882. All hands saved. Much of her gear and fittings were recovered by the schooner Robert Burns. [TS1],[LPA]
In September 1856, stranded at Port Elliot, South Australia.
In June 1881, struck a rock off Prime Seal Island and suffered considerable damage.
In 1868, noticed the upturned hull of an unidentified vessel off Mussel Roe Bay, Tasmania.

Sybil. Schooner. Involved in rescue - see brig Flash, lost at Cape Naturaliste, 1853. [TS1]

Sylvanus. Two masted wooden schooner, 72 tons. Built Battery Point, Hobart, 1843; reg. Hobart 8/1843. Lbd 73.9 x 19.2 x 7.1 ft. Master James taylor. Ashore in heavy weather on a beach just north of Bicheno, Tasmania, 27 June 1845. Two passengers and crew of seven landed safely. Refloated. Wrecked 1850. [ASW1]
In 1845, under Captain Taylor, reported seeing the missing cutter Shamrock off Cape Raoul, Tasmania, 1845.

Syren. Yacht. Built 1889. Lbd 21 x 8 x 3.6 ft. Sank off the Domain slip, Hobart. [TS1].

Tacoma. Fishing vessel. Involved in rescue - see Tasmanian Enterprise, lost Tasmania, 1995. [TS2]

Tahiti. Fishing boat, 25 ft. Dragged her anchores, ashore, broke up, Burnie, north coast Tasmania, 15 May 1956.  [TS2]

Tahume. Motor cruiser, 11/7 tons. Launched Hobart, had not been completed when she was lost.  Lbd 40.1 x 10.0 x 4.4 ft. Destroyed by fire in 1926.  In October 1926 a replacement was ordered, and launched as the Nordicia in March 1927; reg. Hobart 1/1927. [TS2]

Tallarook. Involved in rescue - see fishing vessel Sea Eagle, lost Tasmania, 1973.  [TS2]

Talune. Steamship, 2087 tons. Built 1890 for the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Company, on the Hobart-Sydney run, then in 'the South Seas trade'. Dismantled and sunk as a breakwater at Waikokopu, New Zealand, November 1925.  [DG]
On 3 June 1899, fell in with the disabled steamer Perthshire, which had been drifting in the Pacific Oceans for eight weeks, and towed her back to Sydney.

Talune. Motor launch, 35 ft.  Built as a motor yacht, Hobart, 1914; unregistered. Destroyed by fire at her moorings at Maria Island, Tasmania  on 6 July 1929.

Tam O’Shanter. Fully-rigged ship, 383 tons. Lbd 104-3 x 28-8 x 5-9 ft. Built at North Hylton, Sunderland, 1829; reg. London. Captain Phillip Mitchell.  In a badly leaking condition, run ashore to save life and property, Tamar Heads, Tasmania, 27 August 1837. With seventy-four immigrants, she had arrived at Port Adelaide from England on 18 December 1836 in such bad shape that she required several months of repair. On 20 August 1837, sailed from Port Adelaide for Sydney, but was found to be leaking slightly. A gale at the entrance to Bass Strait further weakened her hull, and the leaks increased alarmingly. The waterlogged ship, with the crew continuously at the pumps, made the Tamar Heads where she was beached.All hands landed safely. [TS1],[ASW1 - barque, 360 tons]

Tamalee. Steel motor fishing vessel, 20/13 tons. # 355002. Built Launceston 1972; reg. Launceston 3/1973, 4/1979. Wrecked ashore  Prion Bay, far south coast Tasmania, 28 August 1988. [TS2]

Tamar. Colonial government brig, 132 tons. Built at Macquarie Harbour, 1829. Captain Bateman.
In 1825, involved in the loss of sloop Glutton which had been captured by the bushranger Mathew Brady, 1825. [TS1]
On 13 September 1831, struck the bar when leaving Macquarie Harbour, driven over a sandbank and into a channel. [ASW1]

Tamar. Paddle steamer. (See also NSW listing)
In 1856, assisted in salvage of cargo - see barque Helen Stewart, lost Tamar Heads.[TS1]
In 1859, involved in salvage - see snow Kate, lost Tasmania. [TS1]
Also listed for steamer Tamar:
In 1883, involved in attempted salvage of vessel - see barque Astrolabe, lost Tasmania. [TS1]
In 1884, towed the wrecked hull of the brig Robin Hood to George Town. [TS1]
In 1885, towed the wreck of the cutter Ruth out of the fairway near Launceston. [TS1]
In 1886, involved in salvage - see steamer Esk, Tasmania. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash provide salvage operation dates by 'paddle steamer tug Tamar', and 'steamer Tamar', but do not describe these vessels.  They do not state that the 'Tamar' is the same vessel in each reference. Cox mentions the 'Marine Board tug Tamar' in connection with the loss of the Esk. See New South Wales listing for further details, and confusion, as it appears that there was more than one ' steamer Tamar'.

Taniwha. Cutter, 26 tons. # 79527. Built at North Shore, Auckland, NZ, 1880; reg. Melbourne 26/1881. Lbd 55.7 x 11.9 x 8.0 ft. Originally built as a yacht. Master G. Watson. On a fishing trip out of Queenscliffe, hit the uncharted rock that now bears her name, about a mile and three-quarters east of Three Hummock Island, off north-west Tasmania, 26 May 1894. Sank within thirty minutes. Crew saved. [TS1]

Tasman. Ketch, 79 tons. # 32114. Built at Hobart, 1863; reg. Melbourne 16/1888. Lbd 82.6 x 22.4 x 6.2 ft. Captain P. Anderson. Abandoned in a sinking condition when sixteen miles off Sandy Cape, northern east coast Tasmania, 16 January 1891. Although the vessel was not seen to sink in the darkness, it was presumed she had gone down very soon after being abandoned. [TS1]
The Tasman had worked in many waters around south-eastern Australia.
On 26 July 1877,  given up as a total wreck after stranding at Snug Cove, Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
On 23 June 1880,  stranded at Smith’s Bay, Kangaroo Island.
On 21 January 1882, put into Victor Harbour, South Australia, in a sinking condition after springing a leak off Kangaroo Island while on a voyage from Beachport to Adelaide with timber.

Tasman. Auxiliary fishing ketch, 35/30 tons. # 57579. Built Hobart, 1877; reg. Hobart 4/1915. Lbd 64.0 x 16.5 x 5.2 ft.  In 1922 converted from a trading ketch into a fishing vessel, Rhyll, Victoria. Master Reginald Hodges. Driven ashore from her anchors and totally wrecked on Cat Island, Bass Strait, on 26 January 1941.  One of her crew of four was drowned.  In 1920, ran into live power lines running across the Sorell Creek and caught fire, causing damage   [TS2]

Tasman. Cutter.  Master-owner Everett. Was being towed by the ketch Triumph when she capsized in heavy seas and the line parted, crossing Vansittart Shoals, Furneaux Group, 14 March 1891. She drifted bottom up into the breakers where she was reported to have broken up.  The only person on board, the master-owner, was picked up by the Triumph. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash express doubt as to the validity of details on the vessel, and offer the following:
Barge, 12 tons. # 61039. Built at Cape Barren Island in 1869 and registered at Launceston 1/1870. Lbd 37.0 x 11.0 x 4.6 ft.  Continued to sail around the Bass Straits Islands as a trader and later fishing vessel until being broken up at Launceston in 1913.
Broxam and Nash also record:
Tasman. Cutter. Involved in rescue - see coastal steamer Minx, lost Tasmania, 1894.

Tasman. Iron steamship, 721/490 tons. # 57539. Built at Port Glasgow, Scotland by Blackwood & Gordon, 1873; reg. Hobart 14/1873. in the name of the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Company.  Lbd 208.7 x 27.0 x 19.2 ft. Captain John William Evans. From Sydney for Hobart with twenty-seven officers and crew, twenty-nine passengers, and a valuable cargo, plus seventy-one cattleloaded at Eden, struck rocks and foundered within fifteen minutes, bow first, in fifty fathoms of water between the Hippolytes and Cape Hauy, south east Tasmania, 30 November 1883. The boats were lowered and all hands abandoned ship with nothing but what they stood up in, most of the passengers in night-dress, and not even the mails were saved. The force of escaping air blew several heavy articles, including the piano, through the saloon roof onto the deck. Fishing boats Foam, and Morning Light, and steamer Corinna involved in rescue. Chief officer Frederick Marshall’s certificate was suspended for for twelve months for not having obeyed orders. He was later drowned when master of the steamer Alexander Berry, lost near Kiama, NSW in 1901. In 1998, the wrecksite of the Tasmaan was relocated in seventy metres. [TS1],[DG]
In 1874, stood by the stricken barque Wynaud, at Launceston.
In 1862, involved in rescue - see brig North Star, lost Tasmania.

Tasman. Motor launch.Lost or damaged beyong repair due to devastating floods in the Launceston, Tamar River basin, April 1929.  [TS2]

Tasmania. Steamer, 515 tons. First vessel owned by the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Company. Ran her first trip from Hobart to Sydney in 1853. Broken up in Sydney, 1904.  [DG]

Tasmanian Enterprise. Steel motor fishing vessel, 115/100 tons. # 355178. Built Hobart, 1972. Lbd 23.73 x 5.92 x 3.56 metres. Founderedabout twelve nautical miles off South Cape, Tasmania, 13 April 1995. Skipper-owner Wayne Baker It appears that a floating object, probably a log, had been sucked into the propeller aperture and the sudden seizing of the propeller caused broken components still under power from the engine broached the hull plating. All three crew rescued  by the fishing vessel Tacoma.  [TS2]

Tasmanian Lass. Schooner,  47 tons. Lbd 47-7 x 15-10 x 9 ft. Built at Hobart, 1830;  reg. Hobart, 1/1831, 5/1840. At anchor at Wineglass Bay, with her crew ashore, when a gale set in and she was driven onto the rocks and sank, February 1841. [TS1]

Taswegian. Fishing vessel. Master-owner Keith Williamson. Involved in attempted salvage - see fishing vessel Shiralee, the former steam tug Sprightly, lost Tasmania, 1960.  [TS2]

Taumarunui. Fishing vessel, L.F.B. No. 23 (TC6), 9 tons. Ex Sandra R., renamed about 1973. Lbd 30.8 x 10.5 x 5.4 ft. reported to have been burnt and sunk in Tasmanian waters on 1 October 1974. [TS2]

Taurus. Pleasure fishing boat, 26ft. Ashore in a gale from her moorings, Spring Beach near Orford, Tasmania, 17 June 1962. [TS2]

Taviuni. Steamer. Captain Toten. Searched for and located the missing steamship Koonya, wrecked on Sandy Cape, north west coast Tasmania, 1919. [NH],[TS2]

Te Ky. Fishing boat, 30 ft. Wrecked near Nubeena, Tasmania, about 1958. [TS2]

Teazer. Brigantine, 58 tons. Built Yarra River, Victoria, 1844, the first sea-going vessel to be built on the Yaarra; reg. Melbourne 7/1847. Lbd 49.2 x 15 x 9 ft. Master david Organ. Ashore at Emu Bay, Tasmania, during a gale, January 1849. No loss of life. Refloated, and lost October 1854. [ASW1]

Teazer. Cutter. Captain John Taylor. Involved in rescue - see ketch Spray, Tasmania, 1873.

Telopea. Fishing vessel, 5/4 tons, 30 ft. # 151556. Originally a yawl-rigged yacht. Built Hobart 1912; reg. Hobart 2/1925. Lbd 29.8 x 8.2 x 3.8 ft. Master-owner Raymond Etchell.  Wrecked on a well known and dangerous reef off Guyton Point, at the north-eastern end of Robbins Island, Tasmania. Three drowned, including the master's eight-year old son.
On 27 March 1937, ashore in a gale at Sheepwash Bay on Bruny Island and suffered considerable damage. [TS2]

Telopha. Auxiliary sloop, 21ft. Built Trevallyn by Max Graham in 1947. Wrecked on a fishing trip from Bridport to Waterhouse Island. No date recorded. [TS2]

Temma Too. Fibreglass launch, crayboat, 4 tons, 8.0 m. Capsized, broke-up and sank, Cape Grim, Tasmania, 4 August 1993. [TS2]

Tern. Fishing vessel, 5.18 m. Wrecked at St.Helens, north-east Tasmaniaa, 1984.  [TS2]

Terror. Fishing boat. Master William Owens. Out of Hobart,  was last seen at Southport on 12 April 1862, and then disappeared.  A boat that later washed ashore near the South Bruny Lighthouse may have been the Terror, or she may have foundered off the far south coast fishing grounds. [TS1]

Thames. Ketch, 26 tons. # 78052. Built at Launceston, 1877; reg. Launceston, 8/1877.  Lbd 51.3 x 15.2 x 5.5 ft. Destroyed by fire near Middle Island on the Tamar River, Tasmania, early 1883. [TS1]

Thelma. Motor launch, formerly a 21ft. waterline racing yacht. Built Launceston 1908; unregistered. Lost or damaged beyong repair due to devastating floods in the Launceston, Tamar River basin, April 1929.  [TS2]

Thelma. Fishing vessel, 7 tons. Length 40 ft. Wrecked after 1939, possibly Tasmaniaan waters.  [TS2]

Thislixem. Plywood-hulled hydroplane. Lost or damaged beyong repair due to devastating floods in the Launceston, Tamar River basin, April 1929.  [TS2]

Thistle. Schooner. Involved in salvage - see brig Brenda, Swan Island, Tasmania, 1832. [TS1]

Thistle. Ketch, 27 gross. # 57594. Built on the Huon River, Tasmania, 1846; reg. Hobart 17/1846, 55/1852. Lbd  57.0 x 13.4 x 4.2 ft. Master-owner A. J. Gosling. Ashore when her cables parted, Marion Bay, Tasmania, 4 January 1908. Crew saved. Efforts to refloat her failed. [TS2]
On 17 May 1864, reported as a total wreck after running aground at Simpson’s Bay, Bruny Island.
In October 1890, aground at Dunalley, Tasmaania.  [TS2]

Thistle. Steamship, 28/14 tons. # 101775. Built Devonport, 1879; reg. Launceston 3/1898. Lbd  64.7 x 14.4 x 4.65 ft. Lengthened and rebuilt at Devonport, 1898. Register closed 22 September 1922, with the comment 'wrecked and broken up in East Bay Tasmania'. [TS2]

In 1883, was towing the Agnes Wilson when the barquentine was lost at the Mersey River heads, Tasmania, 1883. [TS1]

Thomas. Barque, 334 tons. Built at Yarmouth, UK, 1810; reg. London 253/1827; reg. Dundee. Lb 98-8 x 28-3 ft. Owner-master Edward Henly. Destroyed by fire whilst in mid-steam off Hobart, waiting to sail to England with a cargo including timber, salt and spirits, 21 September 1833. All efforts to bring it under control proved fruitless, and after a store of gunpowder exploded, destroying the poop, but without injuring anyone on deck, it was decided to abandon ship.  A government boat under Captain Moriarty cut the vessel’s cables and towed her to Sandy Bay Point, where she was beached in eight feet of water. [TS1],[ASW1]
Loney writes:
From Leith to Sydney was burnt at Hobart, 2 October 1833. The passengers and crew were taken off ; her cables were cut and she was allowed to drift ashore at Sandy Bay Point where she was completely destroyed. [ASW6]

Thomas. Cutter, 15 tons. Lbd 31.3 x 10.5 x 6.0 ft. Built Launceston, 1839; reg. Melbourne, 11/1843. Appears to have ended her days in Tasmanian waters around 1850.   Her register was closed during a periodic purge in 1876, when it was noted that there was no trace of the vessel or her owners.
In June 1844, stranded and sunk at Port Sorell during the same gales that wrecked the James Gibson at Emu Bay, but was soon refloated. [TS1]

Thomas Lord. Schooner, 70 tons. # 31623. Built at North Shore, Sydney, 1842; reg. Melbourne 12/1857. Lbd 54.3 x 17.5 x 8.6 ft. Captain R. Tait. From Launceston for Geelong, ashore, wrecked, off Twelve Mile Bluff, north coast Tasmania, 1 May 1857. All hands landed safely. [TS1]

Thor I. Planing-hulled fibreglass cray fishing vessel, 10 tons, 12.22 m. Overturned by a large wave, lost, west coast Tasmania, 15 April 1995.   [TS2]

Thuraka. Iron three-masted schooner, 286/248 tons. # 74798. Built Port Glasgow, 1877; reg. Melbourne 6/1920. Lbd 144.9 x 23.2 x 12.4ft.  Originally the Port Adelaide-based steam tug Yatala; in 1912/13 her engines were removed and she was rebuilt as a sailing vessel, renamed in 1918. Master J. Neilson. Sank after stricking near Actaeon Reef, 7 June 1929. She was being towed at the time by SS Gundiah, which  rescued the crew of ten. [TS2]

Tiagarra. Steel motor fishing vessel, LFB No.1639 (RYS),13 tons, 10.6 ft. Wrecked on rocks, Ten O'clock Bay, west coast Tasmania, 16 August 1988. Crew saved after some difficulties. [TS2]

Tien Tsin. Barque, 254 tons. # 29798. Built at Sunderland, UK, 1861; reg. Launceston 8/1873. Lbd 121.5 x 25.0 x 12.7 ft. Captain James Taylor. Having laboured in heavy seas from Newcastle for Melbourne, struck an apparently uncharted rock about three miles east of Black Reef, Banks Strait, north-east Tasmania, and in a leaking state, taken in tow by H.M.C.S. Victoria for Hobart, but sank when her cable parted, off St. Helens, north-east coast Tasmania, 2 December 1875. The Victoria landed all hands at Hobart. [TS1]

Tigress. Brig. Owned by the East India Company. Sighted what may have ben the upturned hull of the whaling schooner Maria, off Cape Pillar, Tasmania, 1836. [TS1]

Tobago. Brig, 136 tons. Lbd 72.6 x 20.0 x 12.4 ft. Built at Barbados, 1830; reg. Sydney, 22/1845.  Captain Harrison. Under command of the pilot, wrecked on Shear Reef off Tamar Heads, north Tasmanian coast, 2 June 1845. She had sailed from Sydney for Launceston. All saved by a number of boats; the convict members of the rescuing boat crews were rewarded with tickets of leave or remissions of sentences. [TS1],[ASW1]

Togo. Steamship, 155/90 tons. # 101788. Built Launceston, 1906, originally for the Tamar River trade, but spent most of her career in the river trade out of Hobart; reg. Hobart 4/1920. Lbd 122.0 x 22.6 x 9.5 ft.  In 1943 the Commonwealth Government purchased the vessel for use in the Pacific War, but after considerable work was done it was decided she was not required.  In October 1946, sold, dismantled, towed to her final resting place by the ss Excella. On the night of 20 August 1957 vandals started a fire at the so-called 'ship's graveyard' at East Risdon, Tasmania, now known as Otago Bay after its most famous 'resident'. The fire burnt out the surviving woodwork of the iron hulk Otago, and completely destroyed the twisted wooden hull of the derelict river steamer Togo, only a small section of her keel remaining. [TS2],[LH]
In 1907, rammed the steam yacht Alice at Launceston in 1907, with the loss of ten lives.
In 1926, collided with the vessel Cartela and ran aground on the northern shore of Battery Point.
~ Her wheel is on display at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's clubrooms.

Topsey. Sloop, 22 tons. # 32058. Built at Hobart, 1857; reg, Hobart 3/1858. Lbd 45.9 x 13.0 x 5.4 ft. Captain Dominey. Ashore, wrecked, just north of South Bruny light, Tasmania, 14 March 1861. All crew saved. On 10 October 1860, ashore at Blackman’s Bay, but was refloated with little damage. [TS1]

Toroa. Sloop, about 2 tons.  Built Hobart, 1953. Originally named Vahine,  renamed  September 1957. Lbd 27 x 6 x 4-2 ft.  Master-owner Clarence Cook. Left Hobart for Port Lincoln, South Australia, on or about 16 January 1958 but failed to arrive.  Three lost. Despite extensive air-sea searches of Bass Strait, no further trace of the missing vessel was ever found.  However, it appears likely that she did founder in south-eastern Bass Strait before reaching the Tamar, or was, perhaps, blown out into the Tasman Sea and lost.

Toroa. Steamer. Went to the stranded barquentine Iris at Duck River, Tasmania, but too late as she was too far gone, June 1914.  [TS2]

Toroa. Motor launch. Involved in the search for the misssing schooner Amelia J, Bass Strait, 1920. [TS2]

Trevor John. Motor fishing vessel, LFB No.569 (TVW), 26 gross. # 853802. Built Somerset, Tasmania, 1960. Lbd  48.0 x 13.25 x 7.25 ft. Skipper Stuart Beechey. Capsized and broke up rapidly in high seas off Low Rocky Point, Tasmania, 12 December 1993. Skipper drowned.
On 24 May 1960, crewman fell overboard and drowned  in the Inglis River, Tasmania. [TS2]

Triabunna. Ketch, 14 gross. # 32161. Built at Little Swanport, Tasmania, 1867; reg. Hobart 8/1867. Lbd 43.6 x 11.6 x 5.3 ft. Captain R. Parsell. When leaving Alonnah, Bruny Island, with a full cargo of timber for Hobart, stranded near the jetty, 16 December 1916. Broke up during the first week of January 1917. [TS2]
In 1898, found the ketch Annie Ward, sunk Tasmania, with the loss of the three crew.  [TS1]

Trial. Schooner, 22 tons. Built at Mount Direction, River Tamar, Tasmania; reg.  Launceston, 11/1848. Lbd 41.8 x 12.4 x 6.0 ft. Master/owner Joseph Cordell, a Tamar River pilot. Captain Hils. Driven ashore at Emu Bay, Tasmania, wrecked, night of 26-27 September 1848. No loss of life. (See also vessel Emu Packet, lost on the same night).  She had just commenced loading, parted from her cables and ended up on the rocks. [TS1]

Trial. Unregistered collier, river barge, 50 tons. Deeply laden with coal from Port Arthur, Tasmania, with neither hatch covers nor a boat, capsized and sank between the Iron Pot and Hope Beach, 29 November 1843.  Three men and a boy were drowned, two saved. [TS1],[ASW1]
O’May indicates wrecked on 29 December; Lawson states 1 December, and all saved.

Trial. Cutter, 7 or 8 tons. Unregistered. Master-owner, George Purdey. In 1881 was the first vessel to land prospectors and stores for the Tasmanian west coast fields at the roadstead that now bears her name.  Sank and her moorings in a gale, Trial Bay, Tasmania, 22 October 1877. Broke up. [TS1]

Trimaran. Trimaran yacht,30ft. Destroyed by fire, Port Sorell, Tasmania, 23 February 1972. According to local rumour, a vessel had been targeted for attack as pay-back for a person giving evidence at a trial, but the arsonist picked the wrong boat! [TS2]

Trochurus. Tanker. Involved in rescue - see steamship Vicky, loss eastern Bass Strait, 1956.   [TS2]

Truganini. Steamer. Involved in rescue - see barque Momento, Cape Portland, Tasmania, 1877.

Trumpeter. Schooner, 21 tons. Built at Surveyors Beach, Tasmania, 1851; reg. 60/1851. Builder/master/owner William Chesshire. Lbd 39.0 x 12.7 x 6.0 ft. Stranded at Browns River, Tasmania, 26 February 1854. Two lives lost including that of her master. Although reported high and dry on the beach, there is no further trace of the vessel and she was presumably a total wreck. [TS1]

Tuna Lass. Motor fishing vessel, LFB. No. 663, 4 tons, 24.8 ft. Skipper-owner Ross Ashlin. Overwhelmed by a wall of water and sank, Recherche Bay, Tasmania, 6 December 1984. Two crew saved. [TS2]

Turua.  Auxiliary fishing cutter, 40 ft. Built Port Cygnet, Tasmania, 1910. Unregistered. Master-owner Henry Menzie. Ashore, wrecked, Prion Bay, far south coast Tasmania, 12 February 1939. Crew saved. The remains of her engine still  mark the spot where she came to grief, now called Turua Beach.

Tweed. Cutter 25 tons. Built at Pittwater, Tasmania, 1835, after which there is no other trace. Reg. Hobart 4/1835. Lbd 37-8 x 13-9 x 6-5 ft. [TS1]

Two Brothers. Fishing vessel, 33 ft. Unregistered.  Master-owner Robert FosterDrifted onto Cygnet Reef, near Swan Island, north-east Tasmania, and broke up rapidly, 27 December 1951.
All saved, one of the men a returned serviceman who had lost an arm and a leg and was brought ashore on the shoulders of another crew member.  [TS2]

Tyne. Schooner, 91 tons. # 31985. Built at Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK, 1848; reg. Hobart 19/1859. Lbd 69.5 x 18.7 x 10.5ft. Captain James Riddle.  From Otago to Hobart with forty-one passengers and crew of seven, in a gale, ran into the cliffs about three miles north of Cape Pillar, 4 December 1861. Broke up rapidly. Four men tried to swim to safety, only tobe bashed to death on the rocks. The mate managed to climb the cliff face and by means of a line,  the remaining passengers and crew managed to reach safety.  [TS1]

Una. Auxiliary cutter, 10 tons. Built on Flinders Island; unregistered. Captain Walter Burgess. Wrecked on rocks at  Trefoil Island, Tasmania, 7 April 1922.  [TS2]

Uncle Tom. Ketch, 47 tons. # 32052. Built Hobart, 1853; reg. Hobart 79/1853. Lbd 69.0 x 14.9 x 5.3 ft. Captain Pearsall. Sprang a leak and sank in 12 fathoms, between Yellow Bluff and Boat Harbour in Frederick Henry Bay, Tasmania, 31 May 1913. Crew saved.
On 21 September 1893, collided with the ketch Favourite at Tinderbox Bay, while attempting to get underway. [TS2]

Undaunted. Fishing vessel. Undaunted. Capsized in a squall at Variety Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, 30 November 1902. Two crew reached safety.  [TS2]

Undine. Ketch, 16 gross. # 79258. Built at the River Cam, Tasmania, 1883; reg. Launceston 4/1883. Lbd 44.3 x 14.8 x 5.2 ft. Master  Alfred Edmond Spaulding. From Murdunna to Hobart with timbercaught in a strong tidal current, mis-stayed and drifted ashore, wrecked, on a sandy beach, Lime Bay, Tasmania, 20 November 1927.
On 31 May 1904,  beached at Blackwood Hill, apparently to load firewood, when the Bass Strait ferry steamer Coogee went past at high speed, buffeting the ketch with her wash. [TS2]

Union. Schooner, 74 tons. Built on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, 1848; reg. Hobart, 49/1848, 47/1850. Lbd 66.3 x 18.3 x 8.4 ft. Captain Robert Arbuthnott Capon.  From Geelong to Hobart with livestock and eleven passengers, stranded on the reef a mile and a half north-west of Swan Island, north-east Tasmania, and badly holed, rolled on her beam ends and was lost, 29 March 1852. The cattle and sheep drowned. The brig Dart could not assist but hoisted a signal of distress, and the crew and passengers were rescued by the  schooner Eucalyptus, the barque Victoria Packet and boats from the lighthouse.  One passenger later died of exposure. [TS1]
Also listed:
Union. Brig. Wrecked on a reef three kilometres north-west of Swan Island, north-east Tasmania, 7 April 1852. The brig was reputed to have been carrying £500 in gold, with no report that it was recovered. [LAH]
Union. Brig, 158 tons. Built 1849; reg Hobart Town. Lost prior to 1874. [ASR]

United Family. See cutter Albatros, lost Tasmania, 1884.

Unity. Schooner. Siezed by seven armed convicts as she lay moored off Hobart, 24 April 1813. Off Cape Frederick Henry, they cast the owner, master, and three seamen adrift in the boat, and they made Hobart safely. What happened to the Unity was never ascertained, and she may have foundered at sea. [ASW1]

Urania. Schooner.Involved in salvage - see schooner Beacon, lost Swan Island, Tasmania, 1857. [TS1]

Vagabond. Fishing boat. Exploded amidships whilst at anchor about two miles south of Eddystone Point, east coast Tasmania, 7 November 1950. The exact cause of the accident was never determined.  [TS2]

Val B. Auxiliary cutter, LFB 112 (T29), 15 tons. Built 1924. Lbd 44.5 x 11.0 x 4.7 ft. Sank Bicheno, 30 January 1977.  [TS2]

Valala. Abalone boat, 28 ft. Engine exploded into flames, petrol tanks exploded, totally destroyed, off Folkstone Point, Tasmania, 17 May 1966. [TS2]

Valiant. Brig, 147 tons. # 32160. Built at Annapolis, New Brunswick, 1848; reg. Melbourne 14/1858. Lbd 87.7 x 23.7 x 11.0 ft.  Operated in the timber trade off Wilsons Promontory in the 1850s. Captain Patterson. Dragged her anchors in a gale when anchored off Stanley and went ashore, 20 September 1868. Crew saved. After several unsuccessful attempts were made to salvage the brig, she was broken up where she lay. [TS1],[LWP]
In 1856, involved in salvage of  barque Helen Stewart, lost tamar Heads, 1856.

Valma. Motor fishing vessel, LFB 1723 (T18), 15 tons. Ex Weelangatta. Built Hobart, 1920s. Lbd 40.0 x 11.0 x 6.5 ft. Wrecked ashore at the anchorage at Conical Rocks, west coast Tasmania, 10 November 1990. Two crew saved.
On 13 December 1960, the owner's wife fell overboard and drowned near the entrance to the Derwent. Deckhand Rex McDonald, who jumped overboard in an effort to rescue her, was also drowned.  The tragedy was made all the worse when McDonald's mother died on hearing the news. [TS2]

Valsheda. Fishing boat, auxiliary cutter, 10/9 tons. # 191768. Built George Town, Tasmania, about 1940; reg. Hobart 10/1955. Lbd 34.1 x 10.6 x 5.1 ft. Sank in St. Helens Bay, Tasmania, 1963. [TS2]

Vamos. Auxiliary motor fishing vessel, 5 tons, 28-2 ft. Built about 1955. Wrecked at Bicheno, Tasmania, on or before 11 October 1967. [TS2]

Vampire. Iron steamship. See Esk.

Vana. Fishing vessel. Involved in rescue - see fishing vessel Richard Allen, lost Tasmania, 3 May 1984.  [TS2]

Vanguard. Iron barque, 687/643 tons. # 13682. Built at Port Glasgow, 1852; reg. London. Later renamed  by the German’s as Carl, and by the Danish as Anna. Lbd 171.0 x 26.8 x 19.4ft. Wrecked on the Parapato bar in the Mozambique Channel, 18 July 1904.
On 11 July 1884, the Vanguard, when some 160 miles south-west of Port Davey, Tasmania, collided with the barque Farningham causing her to sink. She was enroute London to Brisbane  under the command of Captain James Shaw. Although badly damaged, the Vanguard, having picked up most of the crew of the Farningham, continued her voyage and made Brisbane. [TS1]

Vanguard. Fishing vessel, LFB No. 1812, 34 tons. Lbd 15.18 x 4.72 x 2.33 metres. Ran onto a submerged reef off Rossel Point, Tasmania, sank, 23 July 1990. [TS2]

Vanity II. Motor fishing vessel, 15 tons. Built, 1943; unregistered. Lbd 47.0 x 11.2 x 5.2 ft. Skipper-owner Jeffrey Fleming. Ashore, eventually lost, Adventure Bay, Tasmania, 10 May 1969.
On 30 October 1954, extensively damaged in a petrol explosion, Margate, North West Bay, Tasmania, and sank. Refloated and rebuilt. [TS2]

Vansittart. Cutter. Involved in search for missing schooner Edward off the north-west Tasmanian coast, 1842. [TS1]

Varna. Barque, 551 tons. Built at New Brunswick, 1855. Lbd 142.6 x 30.0 x 18.9ft. Captain Duncan Fleming (died on the voyage); chief officer, Henry Murray. Sailed from Greenock for Melbourne on 12 August 1857 with a valuable cargo, one passenger and nineteen crew; deliberately beached in heavy weather near Point Hibbs on the west coast Tasmania, 25 December 1857. All hands landed safely and recovered some stores before the vessel began to break up. A boat with fifteen survivors arrived at Hobart on 21 January 1858; the Government chartered the schooner Swansea Packet to rescue the other survivors; one had died of exhaustion. The schooner Wanderer was later wrecked during salvage operations. [TS1],[ASW6]
Broxam and Nash add:
All investigations into the wreck of the Varna heaped criticism on the owners for allowing such a large and valuable vessel go to sea with only one skilled navigator.  The affair was even discussed in the British Parliament.  According to an account published over forty years later, there was some suspicion that the mate had poisoned the master, and the steward, who was a friend of the master, had attempted to walk to Macquarie Harbour with the ship’s papers and was not seen again.  No contemporary evidence for this story has been located.

Velocity. Brig, 128 tons. # 32730. Built at Haldon, Devonshire, UK, 1827; reg. Hobart 2/1869. Lbd 78.0 x 20.8 x 13.6 ft. Having been bought at auction to be broken up, sank at her moorings, River Derwent, Tasmania, 28 August 1885.  After much of her upper works had been demolished with explosives by the Torpedo Corps of the Tasmanian Defence Force in October 1892, the last of her remains were dispersed on 26 November 1892. [TS1]

Venus. Brig, 142 tons. Owned and skippered by George Bass. Sailed from Sydney for souther New Zealand on 5 February 1803 but never seen again. [TS1]

Venus. Ketch, 75 tons. # 57558. Built at Shipwright’s Point, Huon River, Tasmania, 1875; reg. Hobart 13/1875. Lbd 82.0 x 22.0 x 7.0ft. Tasmanian east coast trader. Dropped anchor at Prosser’s Bay to weather the gale which destroyed the Rocket and Guiding Star, and likewise parted from her cables and driven ashore, 26 April 1800.  All hands landed safely. [TS1]

Venus. Auxiliary motor launch. Unregistered. Lb 30 x 10-6 ft. From St. Helens for Launceston, sprang a leak in heavy weather while off Swan Island, Tasmania; beached at Telegraph Bay where she appears to have become a total loss,10 April 1920.  [TS2]

Vera. Yacht. Foundered in Bass Strait, 1967.  Crew of two being rescued by the s.s. Koonya. [TS2]

Verulam. Barque. Involved in rescue - see stranded schooner Enterprises, Deal Island, Kent Group, 1892.

Vicky. Steel twin-screw steamship, 760/281 tons. # 140618. Built Aberdeen, Scotland, 1930; reg.  Sydney 2/1931. Lbd 171-6 x 36-7 x 12 ft. Shortly before her final voyage, was the Australian coastal collier Caldare, Australian Steamships Pty. Ltd. Philippine-registered when lost. Captain Miguel Barrientos. From Sydney for Melbourne, broke down in Bass Strait during atrocious weather. Freighter King David hove alongside but the vessel heeled over and foundered, some seventy miles south of Wilson's Promontory (within Tasmanian waters), 24 June 1956. Fourteen  crew including the master were picked up in the ship's boat two hours later by the King David and  landed safely at Melbourne; three others were picked up by the tanker Trochurus, which had also turned up on the scene, but two died shortly afterwards.  Accounts differ as to the number of men rescued, but it it appears that seven lives were lost. [TS2]

Victor. Cutter, 8 tons. Unregistered.Initially a pleasure yacht, then in the river trade. Bound for Hobart with timber, wrecked at Barnes Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, in December 1853. [TS1]

Victoria. Whaling brig, 184 tons. # 32495. Built at Deptford, Hunter River, NSW, 1839; reg. Hobart 8/1856. Lbd  80.0 x 19.2 x 12.3 ft. Captain Reynolds. In attrocious conditions, attempted to anchor off Breaksea Island, Tasmania, but drifted towards the cliffs, wrecked, with the crew hsatily abandoning ship, 25 November 1870. Whaler Marie Laure attempted to assist but with success. All hands returned to Hobart on board the brig Maid of Erin. [TS1]

Victoria. Cutter, 20 tons. # 32072. Built at Hobart, 1850; reg. Hobart 18/1840, 3/1859. Lbd  38.1 x 12.7 x 6.4 ft. Many years in the coal trade between Hobart and the Tasman Peninsula. Master William Dominey. From Recherche Bay to Hobart, sprang a leak and sank off Long Bay on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, 24 June 1881. Crew were picked up by the river steamer Pearl and landed at Hobart. Ketch Favourite sent to refloat the Victoria, which lay submerged up to her topmast, but was unable to move her, and only the sails and topmast could be salvaged. [TS1]
On 25 November 1850, under Captain Grubb, stranded during a gale at Lime Bay, Tasman Peninsula. Crew of three reached safety. [ASW1]
In October 1873, stranded on Bruny Island.
In 1860, involved in salvage - see cutter Warratah, lost Tasmania, 1860.
On the night of 7-8 March 1866, dismasted and stranded at Arch Island, Tasmania.

Victoria. HMCS. Captain Stanley. Involved in rescue - see barque Tien Tsin, Tasmania, 1875.

Victoria. Schooner, 59/49 tons. # 83644. Built at Brisbane Water, NSW, 1881; reg. Sydney 30/1884, Melbourne 7/1897. Lbd 75.5 x 19.0 x 6.7 ft. Captain Richard Collins. From Stanley for Port Adelaide, ran onto the reef off North Point, Tasmania, abandoned, 6 February 1898. By the following morning, had slipped off the reef and sank. [TS1],[ASR]
On 21 July 1890, run down and sunk by the SS Fiado off Bradley’s Head, Port Jackson.

Victoria. Ketch, 28 gross. # 88939. Built Williamstown, Victoria, 1886; reg. Melbourne 9/1886. Lbd 51.5 x 15.8 x 6.6 ft. Master Thomas Jameson (or Jemmeson). From Westernport to Devonport, foundered Bass Strait. Three crew saved, landing in the ship’s boat at Burnie.  [TS2]

Victoria. Steamer. Collided with steamer Huon, Tasmania, January 1900. [TS2]

Victoria Packet. Barque. [TS1]
Involved in rescue - see schooner Albert Packet, lost Tasmania, 1851.
Involved in rescue - see schooner Union, lost off Swan Island, Tasmania, 1852.

Victorine. Schooner, 70 tons. Built at Mauritius; owned by Edward Lord of Hobart. Captain William Risk. Sailed from Sydney for Hobart and Mauritius on 24 August 1822 but failed to arrive.  Towards the end of the year there was speculation that a rudder found on a beach near Newcastle, NSW may have been from her. [TS1]

Victory. Fishing vessel, 40ft. Master, Keith White. Wrecked crossing the bar  into Little Swanport, Tasmania, 12 July 1950.  [TS2]

Vigilant III,. Fishing vessel, LFB No.532 (TNO), 5 tons, 28 ft. Ex Vigilant. Built 1947. Sank after exploding due to gas leak, Cockle Bay, Tasmania,  8 June 1992. No lives lost.

Village Belle. Fishing cutter. Master-owner George Taylor Totally wrecked in Frederick Henry Bay during heavy weather, 11 November 1909. All saved.
In May 1875, capsized off Long Bay, Tasmania.  [TS2]

Ville d’Orleans. Steel barque, 2560/1947 tons. Built at Nantes, France1901; reg. at Le Havre, France. Lbd 262 x 40.2 x 23.9 ft. Captain Pivert. Abandoned, foundered 550 km south-west of South West Cape, Tasmania, 8 July 1902. From Glasgow to Brisbane with a cargo of iron rails, experienced heavy weather throughout most of her voyage. In about mid June 1902, while crossing the Indian Ocean she commenced to leak, and during yet another gale on 7 July her position became so serious the boats were provisioned and plans were made to abandon her. Unexpectedly, the French barque Gael, from Madagascar to Hobart was sighted, and the following day the captain and crew of twenty-seven, equipment and gear were transferred from the sinking barque before she was abandoned.
[ASW6],[TS2 - Gael arrived 9 July, vessel foundered 11 July)

Viola. Brig, 205 tons. Built at Hull, UK, 1847; reg. Dundee, UK. Lbd 85.2 x ? x 14.7 ft. Captain F. Hellion.  From Newcastle for Hobart, wrecked on a reef out from Swanport, east coast Tasmania, 21 November 1857. A small boat left the wreck with four men and, although it capsized in the surf, all hands landed safely; the others were saved with a line ashore. [TS1]

Violet. Ketch, 25 gross. # 79254.  Built at Torquay, River Mersey, 1882; reg. Hobart 12/1905. Lbd 49.0 x 14.1 x 5.8 ft. Scuttled in Storm Bay, Tasmania, 1961  [TS2]

Vite. Yacht. Lost or damaged beyong repair due to devastating floods in the Launceston, Tamar River basin, April 1929.  [TS2]

Vivid. Three-masted schooner,  91 tons. Lbd 76.8 x 19.6 x 9.1 ft. Built at Liverpool, Nova Scotia, 1852; reg. Melbourne, 185/1853. Captain Howard. Sailed from Melbourne for Circular Head, Tasmania, on 22 February 1854 with one passenger and a crew of eight, but was never seen or heard from again, and is presumed to have foundered in the heavy gales that lashed the straits soon after she sailed, and were also responsible for the loss of the Berwick Castle. [TS1]

Vivienne. Fishing boat. Skipper Trevor Singline. Involved in rescue - see crayboat Le Hard, lost Tasmania, 1963.  [TS2]

Vixen. Unregistered sailing vessel.  From Launceston for George Town, foundered in or near Bryans Bay on the Tamar River, northern Tasmania, 26 December 1841. Two crew drowned. [TS1]

Vixen. Motor launch, formerly a cutter-yacht 30ft. Built Launceston, 1895. Lost or damaged beyong repair due to devastating floods in the Launceston, Tamar River basin, April 1929.  [TS2]

Vixen. Fishing vessel, 21 ft. Unregistered. Sank in a squall off Droughty Point, Tasmania, 26 November 1939. One of four crew lost.  [TS2]

Voana, (generally misspelled Voanna). Fishing boat, auxiliary ketch, 15/12 tons. # 153891. Built Woodbridge, Tasmania, 1908; reg. Hobart in 1928. Lbd 44.3 x 13.4 x 4.9 ft.With three men aboard, blown out to sea from an anchorage near St. Helens, Tasmania, and never seen again.
In April 1935, reported missing on a voyage from Port Welshpool to Flinders Island , but turned up safely, having been forced to shelter for a considerable period in the Kent Group.
In January 1937, ashore in a gale at Killicrankie Bay, Flinders Island; damaged but refloated. [TS2]

Volador. Barquentine, 213/197 tons. # 78860. Built Troon, Scotland, 1884; reg. Sydney, 30/1900. Lbd 117.5 x 22.8 x 11.7 ft. Captain Percy John Taylor. From Port Arthur to Melbourne with timber, ashore, wrecked, in a gale, Mussel Roe Bay, Tasmania, 29 January 1916. All but one crew member reached the shore in spite of the heavy seas. Three of the crew set off to seek habitation, and after an arduous struggle through swamps, marshes, rocky hills and scrub, found a homestead.  [TS2]

Volant. Auxiliary fishing cutter, LFB No. 123 (T88), 14 tons. Built Bruny Island, Tasmania, 1890. Lbd 42.6 x 12.0 x 5.4 ft.  Ran onto rocks, sank, off Mutton Bird Island, near Port Davey's southern entrance, Tasmania, 1 May 1978.  [TS2]

Volharding. Steel motor fishing vessel, 8 tons, 10.02 metres. Built 1981. On fire, eventually sank, north of Twentyday Island, Tasmania (south-eastern Bass Strait), 19 July 1981. No lives lost. [TS2]

Volito. Fishing boat. Involved in rescue - see steamship Nord, lost Tasmania, 1915. [TS2]

Vulcan. Cutter, 16 tons.Built at Perch Bay, Tasmania, 1841; reg. Hobart 38/1841, 23/1846. Lbd 34.9 x 11.8 x 6.0 ft. Master William Gard. Register indicates ‘lost during 1853'. Broxham and Nash suggest she was wrecked around 1847-1848. [TS1]

W.& M. Brown. Brig, 297 tons. Built at Whitby UK, 1838; reg. Whitby. Captain Roberts.  From Melbourne to Singapore, struck rocks off Albatross Island at the northern end of Hunter Island, north-west Tasmania, 23 August 1853. After two weeks, all on board were rescued by David Howie and taken to Circular Head, Tasmania, where they embarked for Melbourne on board the brig Mary Stewart. [TS1]

Waikawa. Steamship. Attempted to save SS Karamu, South-west Cape, Tasmania, 1925.   [LHG]

Wainui. Steamer. Involved in rescue and attempted salvage - see barque Svenor, lost off southern Tasmania, 1914.  [TS2],[LH]

Waldemar. Motor vessel, 86/51 tons. #  83638. Built Balmain, Sydney, 1881 as a double-ended paddle steam ferry for use on Sydney harbour.  Rebuilt at Sydney as a single-ended screw steamer in 1903, shortly before arriving at Hobart for the river trade. At the time of her loss, reg. Hobart 3/1903. Ltd.106.7 x 16.4 x 7.3ft. The Huon Channel & Peninsula Steamship Co.  Preparing to get underway at Gordon, D'Entrecasteaux Channel, with a cargo of apples for Hobart, when an oil pipe burst and the oil was ignited by the blow-lamps, 1 April 1926.  SS Hopetoun arrived on the scene and played her fire hose, putting the fire out and then towed the badly damaged vessel to Hobart where she was declared a total loss and demolished in 1933.  [TS2]

Wallace. Full-rigged ship, 338 tons. Built at Alloa, Scotland, 1835; reg. at Alloa. Lbd 108-10 x 26-2 ft. Captain J. Robertson. Inward bound from Leith, Scotland, for Hobart, struck a reef about two miles south of the smaller Actaeon (now Sterile) Island, (off Bruny Island), 25 August 1835. All hands landed on the smaller Actaeon, and were later found by a fishing boat. The paddle steamer Governor Arthur was chartered; on the way she met up with the Government schooner Eliza, and both vessels attended the wreck. She later broke up in a gale. [TS1],[ASW6],[ASW1]

Wallace. Unregistered schooner, 9 tons. Wrecked on the Cam River bar on the north-west coast Tasmania, April 1846. In June 1842, had stranded on Shear Beacon at Tamar Heads, drowning the crew of two. [TS1]

Walrus. Fishing vessel. Involved in rescue - see Japanese tuna vessel Nisshin Maru No. 8, lost Tasmania, 1073.  [TS2]

Wanderer. Schooner, 40 tons. # 32018. Built at Port Esperance, Tasmania, 1853; reg. Hobart 43/1853, 62/1854. Lbd 54.8 x 14.5 x 6.8 ft. Master/part owner Thomas Buxton. Involved in salvage of the barque Varna (lost west coast Tasmania, 1857), when she parted her cables in a gale and was wrecked ashore in a small cove about six miles north of Point Hibbs, Tasmania, 28 March 1858. Crew saved. Buxton later chartered the brigantine Brothers, which made at least one successful trip to the wreck of the Varna. [TS1]

Wanderer. Auxiliary fishing vessel, 40 ft. Unregistered. Wrecked  on entering St. Helens, Tasmania,  18 April 1949. Three crew saved. [TS2]

Waratah. Yacht. Skipper-owner James Collins. Left George Town, Tasmania, on 31 March 1893 to return to Low Head, but failed to arrive. One of three men saved, who reported she had capsized in a squall. [TS1]

Warra. Wooden motor vessel, 305/138 tons. Lbd 117.3 x 24.3 x 10.7 ft.was being fitted out at the Government Shipyard at Prince of Wales Bay, Hobart, when she was severely damaged by fire.3 May 1944  The vessel was never completed, and after the war was sold at auction, with the intention of using her as a refrigerated fish lighter However, this was never done and she remained lain up at the Hobart wharves and later Prince of Wales Bay until towed out to Storm Bay by the tug Cape Peron and burnt on 3 September 1974.   [TS2]

Warratah. Two-masted cutter, or possibly dandy or yawl rigged vessel, 27 tons. # 31957. Built at Peppermint Bay, Tasmania, 1852;  reg. Hobart, 30/1852, 42/1852. Lbd 44.0 x 13.9 x 4.7 ft.  Ashore, wrecked, at Roaring Beach, Nubeena, on the Tasman Peninsula, 10 September 1860.  Cutter Victoria assisted in salvage of gear. [TS1]

Warrentinna. Steamship.
In 1888, under owner-master Robert Hall, involved in rescue - see ship General Picton, lost Tasmania.
In 1913, involved in rescue - see barquentine Zephyr, lost Tasmania, 1913.  [TS2]

Warringa. In fog, collided with steamer Karoon off Eddyston Point, Tasmania, 24 November 1958. Both vessels suffered considerable damage, but managed to reach Hobart for temporary repairs before continuing on to Newcastle for docking. [TS2]

Warypera. Motor cruiser, formerly a fishing vessel, 11 tons, 38.0 ft. Hit by another vessel while at her Prince of Wales Bay moorings and sank, 9 March 1997.
Broxam and Nash state:
The Warypera is, however, presumably the same vessel as the fishing boat Waipirau, owned by one Hawking, which was involved in a collision with the ketch Ayshire Lass off BrownÆs River on 28 May 1894. Due to an unfortunate sequence of events, the insurers wrote the vessel off and had her broken up.  Thus passed perhaps Australia's oldest historic former commercial sailing vessel, an act which we can only hope leads to the enactment of suitable legislation to prevent a repeat performance. [TS2]

Watchful. Snow brig, 268 tons. Built at Sunderland, UK, 1840; registered London. Deleted from 1856-57 register, possibly a loss due to previous mishap. Under Captain C. Smith, sailed from Melbourne for the Mersey River, Tasmania, on 18 February 1854, but hit Mussel Rock in the Mersey and was beached, surveyed,  condemned, sold, and refloated late July.  Under Captain G. Matthews, made Geelong with her original cargo of posts and rails on 3 August, and returned to Launceston. In May 1856, involved in salvage  on the barque Helen Stewart. Later became lighter on the Tamar, advertised for sale as such in 1879, and then disappears from trace. [TS1]

Water Lily. Cutter. Unregistered. Captain Arthur Lovegrove. From Stanley to Launceston, foundered off Crayfish Creek, sometime 1895. [TS1]

Water Witch. Whaling barque, 236 tons. # 32270. Built at Pembroke Dockyard as the 12-gun brig-sloop Falcon, 1820; reg. Hobart 4/1860. Sister-ship to the Britomart lost Furneaux Group, 1840. Lbd 99.5 x 22.5 x 17.4 ft. Arrived at Hobart on her last commercial voyage on 15 November 1895, and was towed to the Domain to be dismantled in March 1896; sank at her moorings, and was eventually demolished where she lay, 1899. [TS1]

Water Witch. Cutter, 13 tons. # 32218. Built at Melbourne, 1854; reg. Launceston  6/1859, 4/1870. Lbd  36.3 x 11.2 x 5.5 ft. Master W. Atkinson. From Launceston for Ringarooma with a cargo of sundries and some passengers, encountered a gale and driven ashore at Tomahawk Bay, Tasmania, wrecked, 14 January 1876. No loss of life. [TS1]
On 1 September 1864, under Master Allan Smith, found a considerable quantity of wreckage including the stern-board of a large ship bearing the name King of Italy at Boxing Island, Furneaux Group. The 1363 ton King of Italy had evidently suffered damage in Bass Strait, but survived. [TS1]

Waterwitch. Schooner, 22 tons. Lbd 32,204 40.2 x 11.6 x 6.0 ft. Built at Port Sorell, Tasmania, 1839; reg. Launceston 11/1841. Captain William Chapman. Wrecked at the entrance to the River Forth, Tasmania, July 1858, (probably during the same  heavy weather that had resulted in the losses of the Aglet and Euphemia).
On 12 October 1843, stranded at Port Sorell.
In April 1845, badly damaged  in a collision with the brig Henry on the Tamar.
In June 1851, stranded at Don Bluf, Tasmania.
Broxam and Nash report:
The Waterwich is presumed to have become a total loss in 1858 although her register, which was not closed until 1919, states that she ‘foundered in Bass Strait about 1872'. This may be an error for another vessel of the same name that was wrecked at the Tomahawk River in 1876. [TS1]

Waterwitch. Yacht. Ashore at Howrah Beach, Tasmania, during a gale, 15 March 1947.  It is not known if she was refloated. [TS2]

Wave. Brig.  Hit Muscle Rock at Mersey Heads, Tasmania, 14 August 1854. Minor damage.  [TS1]

Wave. Schooner, 33 tons. Built at Auburn on the Tamar River, 1854; reg. Launceston, 7/1854. Lbd 49.0 x 13.1 x 6.6 ft. Captain Robert Tait. Wrecked in a gale when her cables parted whilst loading cargo of oats, palings and potatoes at Emu Bay, Tasmania, 3 April 1855. [TS1]

Wave. Ketch. Involved in salvage - see steamer Esk, Tasmania, 1886.

Wave. Cutter, 15 tons.# 32245. Built at Robbins Island, Circular Head, 1864; reg. Launceston 10/1864, 6/1873, 9/1883. Lbd 40.0 x 13.6 x 5.6 ft Lengthened at Launceston, 1873: ketch, 23 gross, lbd 50.0 x 14.3 x 5.4 ft. Ashore in Long Bay, on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, January 1916.

Wave. Fishing vessel. Lbd  21 x 7.5 ft. Reported wrecked Tasmanian waters, 5 October 1951. [TS2]

Waverley. Brig, 216 tons. # 48562. Built at Garmouth, UK, 1863; reg. Sydney 55/1870. Lbd 111.0 x 23.7 x 13.8 ft.  Captain J. Stephens. From Williamstown in ballast for the Don River, Tasmania, entered the treacherous bar harbour without a pilot, at half tide, and was wrecked on the sands, 9 July 1880. In September, after much effort, the wreck was moved out of the channel by the ketches Welcome Home and Penguin and two lighters. The wreck remained where it had been abandoned after being moved for many years, but around the 1980s a large section of the keel was recovered for display at the Tasmanian Maritime and Folk Museum, Devonport. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash add:
Due to confusion between this vessel and a barque of the same name that was active in the emigrant trade between England and Australia in the 1840s, the Waverley appeared on the first Australian $5 note, depicting emigration campaigner Caroline Chisholm.

Wayfarer. Motor fishing vessel, LFB No. 610 (TU2), 17 tons. Built Taroona, 1950. Lbd  42.7 x 12.9 x 6.33 ft. Skipper Leo Wayne Beven. Whilst attempting to beach her in a leaking condition, sank off Perkins Island, west coast Tasmania, 6 January 1972. Crew of three saved.
On 9 January1954, hit the George's Bay Bar while entering St. Helens with a load of crayfish;  sank in six feet.
On 7 April 1954, stranded on a reef off Hellfire Bluff, in Marion Bay, Tasmania, during a fog,
On 2 August 1960, torn from her moorings and sank at Gordon, D'Entrecasteaux Channel, when apparently  run down by an unidentified fishing boat. [TS2]

Welcome. Schooner, 24 tons. # 32156. Built at Port Davey, Tasmania, 1866; reg. Hobart 14/1866. Lbd 49.3 x 15.6 x 5.3 ft. Master-owner Thomas Williams. On fire whilst at anchor off Swansea, 5 October 1868. She was deliberately scuttled, but was not worth the effort to refloat and repair her. [TS1]

Welcome Home. Auxiliary ketch, 23/20 tons. # 61066. Built Port Sorell, Tasmania, 1874; reg.  Hobart 3/1918. Lbd 45.3 x 15.3 x 6.4 ft. Wrecked at Three Hummock Island, off north-west coast Tasmania,  November 1922.
Broxam and Nash list this from another reference and do not confirm its authenticity. [TS2]

Wendy Lee. Fishing vessel, 5 tons. Built 1940; unregistered. Lbd 32.5 x 8.5 x 3.3 ft. Skipper David Harris. Blown ashore at Lady's Bay, Tasmania, 30 October 1966; probably abandoned or broken up. [TS2]

Wendy Maree. Motor fishing vessel LFB 232 (TYE),  18/12 tons. # 343550. Built Triabunna, 1967; reg.Hobart 4/1971. Lbd 31.8 x 12.4 x 5.8 ft. Skipper Stephen Glover. Wrecked when she  hit Kelly's Rocks in Recherche Bay, Tasmania, 14 August 1984. [TS2]

Wenona. Auxiliary motor fishing vessel, LFB No. 310 (T80), 8/5 tons, 28.4 ft. # 191765. Built  Orford, Tasmania, 1933; reg. Hobart 5/1955. Skipper B. C. Schultz. Wrecked south-eastern end of Wineglass Bay, east coast Tasmania, 8 January 1981. [TS2]

Western Star. Motor fishing vessel, FBB No.249 (TMF), 26 tons. Built Recherche, Tasmania, 1952. Lbd 45.0 x 14.1 x 7.5 ft.  Hit by a heavy sea off Pilot Bay, west coast Tasmania; capsized, righted herself after losing her wheelhouse and dinghies, then sank, 6 April 1989. Crew saved by the fishing vessel William Norling III.  [TS2]

Westralian. Steel river steamer, 123 tons. Built at Perth, 1905. Lbd 128.9 x 16 x 7.3 ft. Operated on the Hobart-Huon run.Beached for scrapping, Mount Direction, Tasmania, 1937.
~ Part of her lower hull can be seen.
[TS2],[LH - scuttled at East Risdon on the Derwent River, Hobart]

Whodunnit. Motor fishing vessel, 24 tons. L.F.B. 483 (TV9). Unregistered. Lbd 55.9 x 13.6 x 5.6 ft. Originally a small naval tug; rebuilt as a fishing vessel  in 1958.  Stranded on Waterhouse Island, where she fell apart during efforts to haul her afloat, late 1998.  [TS2]

Widgeon. Cutter, 9 tons. Lbd 30.6 x 9.6 x 4.8 ft. Built at Point Rapid, River Tamar, 1844; reg. Launceston, 3/1844. Master William Proctor. From Hunters Island to Circular Head with shells, foundered in a squall off Circular Head, Tasmania, December 1844. No loss of life. [TS1]

Wiena. Steamship, 70/27 tons. #  124542. Built at Hobart, 1909; reg. Hobart 8/1916. Converted as  an auxiliary schooner-rigged motor vessel, 60/50 tons, in 1912. Lbd 83.6 x 17.7 x 7.0 ft.  Captain  A. Green . Having previously been battered and bruised in a gale whilst loading coal at Picaninny Point, Tasmania, sailed for Hobart for repairs, wrecked on the north-western end of Maria Island, 15 September 1916. Ketch Enterprise arrived to assist. Crew of five landed safely. [TS2]

Wild Wave. Barque, 258/223 tons. # 74462. Built Birkenhead, UK, 1875; reg. Port Adelaide, 6/1913. Lbd 119.1 x 27.1 x 12.8 ft. Captain A. Nicholson. Ashore on East Beach, Stanley, Tasmania, 4 June 1922. Being left almost high and dry, bullock drays were able to get alongside and recover much of the cargo, gear and fittings.  She was eventually sold and dismantled where she lay. The old barque had been laid up in Port Adelaide and was on her way to Melbourne for conversion as a lighter. The gales that lashed Bass Strait during the first week of June 1923 were said to have been the worst in living memory, and after the tired old barque met them off Cape Otway she was driven across the Straits.
On 9 December 1895, aground on Actaeon Reef, Tasmania, but slipped off undamaged.
On 2 October 1913, struck a rock off Prime Seal Island, Furneaux Group, and reached Launceston in distress, sinking alongside the wharf soon after arrival. [TS2]

Wild Wave. Fishing ketch, under 15 tons. Unregistered. Left Launceston for a fishing trip around the north-east coast Tasmania on 25 August 1894;  wrecked on West Sandy Point, near Bridport. It appeared that atleast one crew member made shore, but no trace of any was found. [TS1]
Broxam and Nash add:
Almost certainly identical with the vessel of that name reported wrecked on St. Helens Bar on 10 August 1889, crew of two landing safely, and the wreck being sold where it lay.

Will Watch. Auxiliary ketch, 96/64 tons. # 101141. Built Blackwall, Brisbane Water, NSW, 1895; reg. Melbourne 5/1947. Lbd 84 x 21.5 x 7.3 ft. Master George McCarthy. From Ulverstone for King Island with general cargo, lost in a gale off the far north-west coast Tasmania,  between the Hunter Group and King Island, 17 December 1958. Despite radio distress messages that allowed would-be rescuers to follow the vessel's death-throws in graphic detail for nearly two hours, the appalling weather conditions then prevailing prevented any effective rescue operations. Crew of five lost. Only the large trawlers Olympic and V.S.P. working off King Island were in a position to head for the stricken vessel.  By the time they arrived the Will Watch had been sunk for at least an hour, and despite extensive air and sea searches extending over several days, no trace of the missing men was ever found.
In September 1955, stranded Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
On 10 August 1956, sailed from Currie for Devonport; sprang a leak, made King Island.   [TS2]

William. Sloop. Involved in salvage - see brig Brenda, Swan Island, Tasmania, 1832. [TS1]
Also listed:
William. Cutter. Involved in rescue - see schooner Prince Regent, lost off Cape Naturaliste, Tasmania, 1834. [TS1]

William. Brig, 121 tons. Captain James Lovett. Sailed from Launceston for Sydney on 24 March 1849, ran on to a rock when running down the Tamar, at Swan Bay, and capsized. No loss of life. She was righted on 5 April 1849 and repaired. [ASW1]

 William & Ann. Sloop. Reported the loss of two sealers in Bass Strait, 1823. [TS1]

William B. Steel twin screw motor fishing vessel, LFB No.165 (R85), 34/21 tons. # 332268. Built  Saltwater River, Tasmania, 1967; reg. Hobart 6/1969. Lbd  45.5 x 15.6 x 5.1 ft. Dragged her anchors at the height of a gale and went onto the rocks, Low Rocky Gulch, west coast Tasmania. The tug Warang managed to drag the William B. off the rocks and began to tow her towards Hobart, however she capsized and sank. [TS2]

William Cowper. Steel steam hopper barge, 689/272 tons. Ex Tatam II, renamed 1928. # 148510. Built Sliedrecht, Holland, 1924; reg. Melbourne 6/1928. Lbd 170.6 x 33.2 x 13.5 ft. Scuttled off Betsey Island, Tasmania, 21 August 1979. [TS2]

William Flair. Motor fishing vessel, LFB 543 (TV7), 31 tons. Lbd 56.5 x 15.25 x 7.65 ft. Sailed from St. Helens for the Outer Sister Island in the Furneaux Group; hit a rock and sank within twenty seconds, 3 December 1987. One of two crew draowned.
On 23 August 1976, stranded on Prime Seal Island. [TS2]

William Henry. Ketch (registered as a schooner), 37 tons. # 32010. Lbd 57.1 x 14.4 x 5.2 ft. Built Port Cygnet, Tasmania, 1848; reg. Hobart 17/1848, 19/1853. Register closed 1968, with the comment ‘vessel wrecked, date unknown’; possibly wrecked in 1918 at Lime Kiln Bay, on the Derwent River, Tasmania. [TS2]

William Norling II. Fishing vessel. Involved in rescue - see fishing vessel Hewardia, lost west coast Tasmania, 1989.  [TS2]

William Norling III. Fishing vessel. Involved in rescue - see fishing vessel Western Star, lost west coast Tasmania, 6 April 1989.  [TS2]

William Pitt. Steel steamship, hopper barge, 432/192 tons. # 118389. Built Audbrook, Monmouthshire, UK,  1904; reg. Hobart 3/1942. Lbd 164.0 x 27.1 x 10.7 ft. Hulk scuttled at Walker's Corner, Fortesque Bay to act as a breakwater for small craft, 1954.  [TS2]

William Wallace. Renamed. See brig Carrymore, lost Tasmania, 1860.

Windward. Schooner, 49 tons. # 73522. Built at Latrobe, River Mersey, 1876; reg. Launceston 1/1877,  Melbourne 25/1881. Operated to Victoria in the 1880s. Re-rigged as a ketch in 1881. Lbd 71.5 x 19.2 x 6.6 ft. Master John Roddy. Sailed from Launceston for Smithton with a cargo of iron rails; after being  towed down the river by the coastal steamer Cambria, drifted onto the south-eastern side of Hebe Reef after being cast off from her tow and the crew still setting sail, 19 July 1890. She later sank in four fathoms. [TS1],[ASR - ketch],[LPA]
On 2 July 1879, under Captain J.C.Taylor, stranded at East Telegraph Bay, Three Hummock Island, and came close to being given up as a total wreck.
In 1881, involved in a collision with the ketch Little Maud, at Launceston.

Woolamai. Motor fishing vessel, 44/29 tons. # 332277. Built Mordialloc, Victoria, 1967, by Pompei's of Mordialloc; reg. Melbourne 3/1968. Lbd 17.04 x 5.18 x 2.42 metres. Skipper  Grant Lewis. Foundered off Adventure BayBruny Island, 19 April 1990. The four crew saved. [TS2]

Wybia. Marine Board steam tug.
In 1894, investigated the ketch Pearl, lost  in Tam O’Shanter Bay, Tasmania. [LAH]
In 1908, involved in the search for the missing steamer Orion, Bass Strait. [TS2]
In 1914, attended the stranded ketch Coronella, but could not assist to refloat her, Tasmania.  [TS2]
In 1920, involved in search for the missing barquentine Southern Cross, vicinity King Island.  [TS2]
In 1925, attempted to salvage the schooner Leprena, Tasmania, without success.  [TS2]

Wye. Coastal schooner, 18 tons. # 32224. Built at Launceston, 1853; reg. Launceston 22/1853. Lbd 40.8 x 11.4 x 5.4 ft. Register closed on 10 April 1874 with the comment ‘vessel missing’. [TS1]

Wynaud. Iron barque, 521 tons. # 32710. Built at Rotherhithe, London, 1854; reg. London. Lbd 150.0 x 29.0 x 17.9ft. Built originally for the opium trade but spent most of her life sailing between London, Australia and China. Captain Finlay. Parted her anchors and went ashore stern first half a mile south of Eddystone Point, near Launceston, 16 February 1874. The SS Tasman and the schooner Halley Bayley both stood by but were unable to assist. Despite efforts, the Wynaud could not be refloated, and within a week was lying broadside onto the beach and buried in nine feet of sand. [TS1],[ASW6],[LAH - built 1870]

Yarra Yarra. Schooner, 45 tons. Built at the Williams River, NSW; reg. Sydney, 32/1837. Lbd  46.4 x 15.0 x 7.0 ft. Captain John Hantree Lancey. Sailed from Launceston for Port Phillip on 20 September 1838 with a general cargo and eighteen passengers including the master’s wife and five children, but never seen or heard from again. [TS1]

Yatala. Port Adelaide-based steam tug. In 1912/13 her engines were removed and she was rebuilt as a sailing vessel, renamed Thuraka in 1918. [TS2]

Yolla. Steamship, 80/56 tons. # 57,28. Built at Hobart, 1890;  reg.Hobart 12/1890. Lbd 82.8 x 19.7 x 7.3 ft. Captain Robert Reid. From King Island to Strahan with cattle, hit rocks off Sandy Cape, Tasmania, during a fog, sank, 23 December 1898. All hands landed safely but the cattle were lost. [TS1]
On 11 August 1896, when inward bound from Hobart, ran on to a reef inside the entrance of Macquarie Harbour; after her cargo was discharged into a lighter she floated free.  [LHG]
On 28 August 1896, hit the Macquarie Harbour bar while outward bound for Launceston, and lost her rudder. [TS1]
In November 1894, partly damaged by fire on board.
On 11 August 1896, ran on to Old Strahan Reef.
In 1898, attempted to rescue crew of the schooner Annie McDougal, lost at Hell’s Gates. [LHG]
Also listed:
Yolla. Coastal steamer. Involved in salvage - see brigantine Zephyr, lost Tasmania 1913.  [TS2]

Youla. Centreboard racing yacht, 21ft. Launched as the Rosetta. Built Launceston, 1891; unregistered. Lost or damaged beyong repair due to devastating floods in the Launceston, Tamar River basin, April 1929.  [TS2]

Young Lachlan. Originally built as the Henrietta Packet (qv). Lengthened and renamed in 1818.  Master-owner Howard. Siezed at Hobart on 27 February 1819 by a part of thirteen convicts who escaped to Java in her; reported as wrecked ‘on an island off Java’. Five were imprisoned by the Dutch, sent to calcutta, and then Hobart. Captain Howard was censured for not taking adequate precautions to safeeguard his vessel, it being a requirement that owners do so in the convict colony. In this instance, the rudder had been unshipped, but instead of it being taken ashore, was left on the deck.  [TS1],[ASW1]

Yvonne. Motor launch. See Athella.  [TS2]

Zarca. Ferro-cement, motor fishing vessel, 37 tons. Ex Rahra G., renamed 1974. Built West Strahan, Tasmania, 1972. Lbd 50.8 x 16.7 x 8.0 ft. Skipper-owner Michael Spaulding. Foundered bvetween Point Hibbs and Strahan, Tasmania, 19 June 1976. Crew safe. [TS2]

Zelateur. Barque, 557/524 tons. # 117622. Built Grimstad, Norway, 1892; reg. Auckland 22/1904. Lbd 141.5 x 31.5 x 16.8 ft. Union Steamship Company of New Zealand Ltd.  Hulked Melbourne in 1907; many years of service at Launceston. Blown up with explosives behind Pig Island on the Tamar River, 1 December 1932.
In 1902, stranded at Wallis Island, 390 miles north of Fiji. [TS2]

Zena. Motor cray fishing vessel, LFB No.2342 (TADW), 6 tons, 8.38  metres. Sank off Black Head, Tasman Island, 6 November 1989. Two crew saved. [TS2]

Zephyr. Schooner, 63 tons. Lbd 62.0 x 16.7 x 8.9 ft. Built at Pittwater, Tasmania; reg. Hobart, 59/1851, 3/1852, 9/1852. Captain Tanner.  Having sailed from Hobart for Melbourne on 11 July 1852  with general cargo and about fourteen passengers, went ashore at Bream Creek, Tasmania, night of 13-14 July 1852. The master, steward and six passengers were drowned. The wreck sank into sand amd from time to time may be seen when gales have swept away her covering. [TS1]

Zephyr. Wooden brigantine, 135/91 tons. #  38812. Built Sydney, 1866; reg.  Hobart 4/1902,  Port Adelaide 6/1904. Lbd 102.0 x 21.4 x 10.3 ft. Rerigged as a barquentine in 1907. Master-owner John Defriez. Stranded on Chinaman’s Reef , while passing though Mercury Passage between Maria Island and the Tasmanian mainland, 9 August 1913. All attempts to get her off failed and the crew abandoned ship.  The coastal steamer Warrentinna took the castaways to Hobart.
On night of 30 August 1895, under Captain Edward Taylor, while in her original rig of a brigantine, the Zephyr stranded at the Western Reef, Penguin and suffered considerable damage.  The damaged vessel was towed to Devonport by the coastal steamer Yolla. [TS2]

Zoe. Cutter. Unregistered. Having lost her rudder head, was beached on one of the Petrel Islands, off the northern end of Walker Island, north-west Tasmania, for repairs, but soon after doing so a gale blew up and the vessel was smashed up where she lay, 6 March 1872. After fourteen days on the desolate islet, the crew were rescued by a Mr. Saward in his boat and were landed at Montagu. [TS1]


Unidentified. 1817. On 10 June 1817 a party of six bushrangers seized two boats at George Town, Tasmania, but in attempting to sail out of the Tamar, the boats stranded on rocks ‘ little to the westward’ and were wrecked. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1818. Sailing boat, river vessel. Owner-master Richard Burrows. Capsized between Hobart and Bridgewater on the Derwent River, 27 February 1818. She carried twelve passengers, and a large cargo including a heavy cart which probably led to te instabily of the vessel. All drowned except one of the passengers. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1818. Sealing Boat. Vessel upset at the Hunters Islands, western Bass Strait, drowning three European adults and four aboriginal children, May 1818.  The sole survivor, James Parish, was picked up by the brig Jupiter and landed at Launceston. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1819. Ferry. ‘Became unmanageable’ in a storm when crossing from Hobart to Kangaroo Point in the Derwent, 24 September 1819. Three on board drowned; a passenger and two crew. [ASW1]

Unidentified. 1819. Sloop or cutter. Upset in the DerwentRiver off Restdown Point, Tasmania, 6 November 1819. Two of five men on board drowned. [ASW1]

Unidentified. 1819. Probably a cutter or sloop. Sank in the Derwent River, 24 May 1819. One female passenger drowned, two men saved. [ASW1]

Unidentified. 1819. River craft. Sank after springing a leak off Hangan’s Point on the Derwent, Tasmania,  6 November 1819. Two men drowned.[TS1]

Unidentified. 1819. River craft, sailing vessel. On a voyage from New Norfolk to Hobart with ninety bushels of wheat, sank in a squall off Long Reach on the Derwent River, 24 May 1819. One woman passenger drowned; three men swam to shore. .

Unidentified. 1821. River craft, schooner-rigged trader. Capsized and sank off Bedlam Walls on the Derwent, Tasmania, 22 September 1821. One crew member drowned. [TS1]

Unidentified.  1821. River craft, trader. Laden with timber, sank in a squall off New Town, River Derwent, Tasmania, 2 November 1821. One of the crew of two was drowned. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1822.  Government vessel. Out of Hobart on 6 July 1822, capsized in Tinderbox Bay, Tasmania soon after.  Two men drowned. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1822. River craft, trader. From Hobart to Pittwater, wrecked in a squall on Slopen Island, Tasmania, April 1822. All crew saved. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1823. Sealing boats. On 16 August 1823 the sloop William & Ann arrived at Hobart from Launceston, to report that two sealing vessels had been lost in Bass Strait with considerable loss of life. [TS1]

Unidentified.  1824. River craft, Hobart-Pittwater trader. Wrecked on the Iron Port, Tasmania, during a gale On 20 June 1824.  The crew of two landed safely.

Unidentified. 1825. River craft. On 10 August 1825 an inquest was held at Hobart into the deaths by drowning of Dennis Lynch and James Welch, crew of a timber-laden river craft that had 'upset' on the Derwent some days earlier. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1825. River craft.  Heavily laden with shingles, was upset while running up the Derwent, Tasmania, 7 March 1825. One crew drowned.

Unidentified. 1826. Schooner. Struck a rock, sank,  when entering Carlton River on the north side of Frederick Bay, Tasmania, 24 April 1826. One man of the three crew drowned. The schooner may have been subsequently raised. [ASW1]

Unidentified. 1826. River craft. From Southport for Hobart with a cargo of timber, sank off South Arm,  Tasmania, 7 November 1826. Four lost. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1826. River craft, trader. Owner-master Mr. Mackay, of Hobart. Sank in the Derwent, Tasmania, while heavily laden with timber, 16 March 1826. Four lives, including that of the master, lost. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1827. A gale on 1 April 1827 wrecked the Commandant’s boat and another owned by George Meredith at Maria Island. One life lost. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1829. Trans-Derwent ferry. Capsized and sank mid-stream, Derwent River, Tasmania, December 1829. Three lives lost. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1830. Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, pilot boat. Put out to guide the Government brig Tamar, which was standing ten miles offshore, but disappeared in a gale, 23 July 1830.  No trace of the boat nor its crew of nine was ever found. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1831. Sealing boat. Wrecked on the ‘Eastern Stacks’ in Bass Strait, 28 February 1831.

Unidentified. 1831. Cutter-rigged ferry. Capsized and sank while crossing from Kangaroo Point to Hobart, October 1831. Two crew and a passenger drowned. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1831. River craft,  trading schooner, about 10 tons. Owner-master Edward Tilley.  Out of Hobart for Three Hut Point on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to load timber, capsized in a squall, 5 May 1831. Seven drowned, one male passenger managed to swim the two miles to safety. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1831. Trans-Derwent ferry. Swamped and sank off Great Sandy Bay, Tasmania, 29 July 1831. Two crew and a passenger drowned.  This was the second time that this particular boat had sunk with loss of life. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1831. Schooner-rigged river trader.  Sprang a leak and was assisted under the lea of South Arm, entrance to the Derwent, Tasmania, 28 November 1831. Her timber cargo was taken off and she was allowed to sink. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1832. Schooner, river craft.  Capsized and sank in fifteen fathoms of water off New Town, Tasmania, 7 August 1832. No loss of life. An attempt was made to refloat the vessel without success. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1837. River craft, trading vessel. Sank shortly after leaving Birch’s Bay, Tasmania, with a cargo of timber for Hobart, 14 February 1837. Two crew drowned.  The incident was seen by timber splitters who made no attempt to rescue them, despite having two dinghies, they later being strongly condemned in the press. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1838. Flat-bottomed, square-ended sailing punt. Owned by the Port Arthur penal settlement. swamped in heavy seas and sank while crossing Norfolk Bay, 19 February 1838. Two of three crew drowned. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1840.  The schooner Maria, Port Phillip to Hobart, under Captain Morris, passed a small vessel, bottom up, off the ‘West Cape of Van Diemen’s Land’, on 17 January 1840.  A gale prevented further investigation. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1842. River trader. Dismasted in a gale and sank in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, May 1842.  Of eight people on board, only two were saved, being rescued by a passing vessel. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1842. Schooner, river vessel, 7 tons. Capsized while on a trip from Clarence Plains to Ralph’s Bay, Tasmania, 25 September 1842. Two drowned. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1843. Coastal vessel. Cleared Tamar Heads for Pipers River with a crew of two; hit a rock and had to be beached between Currie’s River and Five Mile Bluff, where she appears to have become a total loss, 4 June 1843. One drowned. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1844. Ship, teak-built. In January 1844 the crew of the cutter Jane & Emma discovered the side of a large ship, damaged by fire, floating off Hunter Island, north-west Tasmania. The wreckage appears to have continued to drift eastwards and come ashore between the Forth and Leven rivers, as in October it was reported that the remains of a large ship showing traces of fire had been found strewn along the coast.  It was never identified, no suitable vessel being reported lost or missing at the time. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1844. River craft, possibly cutter or schooner. In March 1844 five convicts from the Brown’s River probation station, Tasmania, captured a small vessel at North-West Bay, however they were wrecked on South Arm. One convict drowned, the others recaptured. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1844. Government vessel, schooner-rigged six-oared launch. Transferred just before her loss from the Ordinance Department to the Convict Department. Sailed from Port Arthur for the Saltwater River Mines near Eaglehawk Neck on 16 July 1844 with a complement of thirteen or fourteen people, and disappeared. Sheevidently foundered in a gale with all hands. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1845. Government boat, ketch or schooner. Disappeared when out of  Spring Bay on the east coast Tasmania, for Maria Island, with a bag of mail, 12 November 1845. Six lost without trace. The mail bag was later recovered. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1845. Possible a barque. When the barque Sir George Seymour arrived at Hobart from London with convicts on 27 February 1845, her master reported having sighted the wreck of a vessel drifting off South West Cape.  Weather conditions were too bad to allow a close inspection, and no further reference to the derelict, which can not be identified, has been found. [TS1]

Unidentified 1847.  River craft, trader. Sank on the Derwent, Tasmania, off Crayfish Point, February, 1847. Two crew saved.

Unidentified. 1849. Schooner, coaster. Capsized half a mile off Prossers Bay on its return to Spring Bay after delivering stores at Maria Island, 28 March 1849 Of the crew of six, only one survived.

Unidentified. 1857. Schooner-rigged river craft, formerly a ship’s lifeboat. Capsized in a squall off Richardson’s Bluff, Frederick Henry Bay, Tasmania, while on a voyage from Hobart to the coal mines on Tasman Peninsula, 10 November 1857. The crew of three clung to the vessel’s keel but two were washed away and drowned before the vessel drifted ashore on Slopen Island. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1860. Captain Simpson of the Missionary reported in 1860 a vessel of 300 tons, thirty miles north of Macquarie Harbour, lying with her head inshore with masts and fore-yard standing. She may have been the wreck of the Alert, beached in 1854, or possibly the Spy wrecked in 1855. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1860. Sloop-rigged whaleboat-style river trader.  Sloop, river craft. On 7 May 1860, sailed from Three Hut Point on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel with a cargo of fruit, but failed to arrive. Well over a month later wreckage positively identified as being from her was found at Half Moon Bay, South Arm, suggesting she had capsized or swamped after entering the Derwent. Two crew lost. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1861. Coaster, 5 tons. Sailed from the Tamar for Mount Chappel Island on 8 June 1861, but was later wrecked on Westminster Island (the modern name for which has not been located) without loss of life. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1862.  A wreck was found lying about half a mile south-east of Long Point on the east coast Tasmania, so reported by the harbourmaster at Hobart on 19 January 1863. No further action appears to have been taken and the wreckage, the origins of which cannot be determined, may have merely been a detached mast from a wreck which had occurred a long distance from where it was found.

Unidentified. 1863. Pilot station boarding boat. Swamped and broke up on rocks out of Low Head, Tasmania, June 1863. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1863. River craft, open firewood-trader. Capsized and sank off Kangaroo Bluff, Tasmania, 30 July 1863. Crew of two saved. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1864.  In August 1864 a quantity of wreckage found about twenty miles south of Cape Grim was speculated to have come from the barque Catherine Pemberton , London to Launceston, 1864, or perhaps the barque Rebecca, London to Sydney, 1853 - indeed, it could have been from a number of missing vessels. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1864. Steam launch (small screw steamer). Unregistered. Lbd 65 x 7 x 4-6 ft. Chartered by a small party of gentlemen for a trip to Cornelian Bay, Tasmania, on the Prince of Wales’ Birthday Holiday, but was caught by strong northerly winds and blown southwards, eventually going ashore on Sandy Bay beach, 9 November 1864. All hands saved. The launch was probably a total loss. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1865. Fishing boat. Master William Poulton. On 1 December 1865, the day after they had sailed from Hobart, the master and his son were drowned when their fishing boat capsized in a gale off Port Arthur, Tasmania. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1865. Fishing boat. Wreckage found on South Arm beach, Tasmania, 5 June 1865. The vessel had probably capsized, drowning her crew. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1866. Ketch, 100 tons. Built at Port Davey, 1866. Owner/master Bennett. On her maiden voyage to Hobart to be named and registered, missed stays and went ashore, wrecked, at Bruce’s Point, Recherche Bay, 9 October 1866. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1866. Whaleboat. From Barnes Bay to Hobart, parted from its anchors at Browns River and went ashore, 7-8 March 1866. Master James Cherry. The boat ended up high and dry with some of its cargo undamaged, and was presumably recovered. Crew of two, the skipper and his 13 year old son,  drowned. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1867. The wreck of a schooner reported by castaways from the Moyne (qv) in August 1867, lying off a beach about eight miles south of the Arthur River, may be that of the Alert, beached in 1854.  [TS1]

Unidentified. 1867. In August 1867 three crew from the wreck of the Moyne at the Pieman River, Tasmania,  came across the remains of a vessel just south of the Arthur River which, from the yards and spars, they believed to have been a barque. Speculation is that it may have come from the barque Catherine Pemberton , London to Launceston, 1864, or perhaps the barque Rebecca, London to Sydney, 1853 - indeed, it could have been from a number of missing vessels. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1868. On 2 January 1868 the schooner Swordfish passed the upturned hull of a small vessel which her master estimated to have been of between ten and twelve tons off Mussel Roe Bay.  The prevailing conditions prevented a closer investigation, and it was never identified. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1869. Fishing boat. Fishing for barracouta off Frederick Henry Bay, Tasmania, capsized in a squall and sank, July 1869. The two crew were left struggling in the water with little hope of survival., when suddenly the vessel reappeared, upturned, with, apparently, the ballast having fallen out. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1869. Fishing boat. Master Andrew Condon. Seen adrift off Recherche Bay, Tasmania, then found smashed up near Brady’s Cove, just north of Cape Raoul, October 1869. It was concluded that the sole crew had fallen overboard and drowned. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1875. Fishing boat. Wreckage was found by the fishing boat Kate Kearney on the far south coast, Tasmania, lost probably 1875. At least one of the two crew had reached shore safely as his name had been carved onto a tree, but he, or they, had evidently died in the bush while trying to walk to civilisation.

Unidentified. 1876. Wreckage found off Swan Island, north-east coast Tasmania, on 6 October 1876. See entry for schooner Flying Duck, 1876.

Unidentified. 1877. On 11 November 1877 a fishing boat, the name of which was not reported, sprang a leak in Storm Bay and was beached at Wedge Bay, Tasman Peninsula, where she soon broke up. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1877. A quantity of wreckage found at Ringarooma Bay, Tasmania, in August 1877, including apples, oats, and chaff, was thought to have been from a vessel trading between Launceston and the east coast. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1880. Fishing boat.  Left Hobart on a fishing trip to the far south-west coast with a crew of two in November 1880, but never seen or heard from again. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1882. Decked boat, coaster, 10 tons. Blown from her moorings at Waterhouse Island, north-east Tasmania, and was last seen drifting towards the Tasmanian coast. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1882. Coaster, small open trading vessel. Captain Charles McDonald. On or about 12 May 1882, left Port Sorell for George Town with a cargo of produce and and palings, but apparently capsized shortly afterwards. Wreckage found between West Head and the Boobyalla River, Tasmania.  [TS1]

Unidentified. 1883. Wreckage found: on 27 April 1883 the lower mast of a large sailing vessel was reported off Eddystone Point, Tasmania, may have been a relic from either the Louisa or Sea Nymph. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1885. A capsized wreck of a small vessel, about forty feet length of keel, was seen about ten miles off Mersey Heads, Tasmania. It was seen and reported in Sydney on 9 June 1885 by Captain Holyman of the ketch Clara Ethel. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1888. Fishing boat. On 1 February 1888 the remains of a reasonably large fishing vessel, including the rudder, bowsprit, two oars, well covers and a water keg, were found at Speydon on the Tasman Peninsula. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1889. Fishing boat. On 9 February 1889, the wreck of a half-decked, pine built vessel was found on the southern end of South Arm, Tasmania. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1895. Fishing Boat. Swamped and went ashore at Lady’s Bay, Tasmania, 23 September 1895. Two crew escaped.

Unidentified. 1895. Yacht. On the night of 22 September 1895 dreadful gales lashed the southern coast of Tasmania, with waves so high they broke the glass in the Derwent Lighthouse on the Iron Pot, ninety feet above sea level. The yacht  was washed away from its slipway and destroyed. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1895. ‘Large pleasure boat’. On the night of 22 September 1895 dreadful gales lashed the southern coast of Tasmania, with waves so high they broke the glass in the Derwent Lighthouse on the Iron Pot, ninety feet above sea level. Three vessels were destroyed including this boat. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1897. Fishing boat. Sank when crossing Sisters Bay en route to Southport, Tasmania, 14 July 1897. [TS1]

Unidentified. 1901. Fishing Boat, 28 ft. Master-owner Edward May Stranded on a reef at Crayfish Creek, South Arm, Tasmania, 5 December 1901. Two crew landed safely. [TS2]

Unidentified. 1903. Fishing vessel. Left Beaconsfield for Port Sorell on 14 June 1903; wrecked at the entrance to her destination about two days later. Two crew lost. [TS2]

Unidentified. 1904. On 7 December 1904 the Marine Board of Launceston received a telegram stating that wreckage from a vessel approximately 60 ft. in length and 20 ft. beam, with the keel 12 ft. above sea level, was adrift in Bass Strait, some 57 miles south and 18 miles east of Cape Schanck on the Victorian coast.  It does not appear to have been identified.

Unidentified. 1905. On his arrival at Strahan on 24 October 1905 Captain Madden of the SS Kawatiri reported sighting a small vessel of about ten tons stranded at Conical Rocks.  The vessel was not identified, but was probably a fishing boat. [TS2]

Unidentified. 1914. Yacht.Ashore from her moorings in the Inglis River, Tasmania,  wrecked, March 1914.  [TS2]

Unidentified. 1916. Motor Launch. In an unfortunate coincidence, on the night of 29-30 January 1916, while his barquentine Volador was approaching her fate at Mussel Roe Bay, Captain Percy Taylor’s motor launch, the name of which was not reported, parted from her moorings at Battery Point and was driven ashore, where she soon broke up. [TS2]

Unidentified. 1916. Fishing vessel. Wrecked on rocks about eight miles from Randall’s Bay, Tasmania, 26 January 1916. Master-owner John Sylvester, lost his life.  [TS2]

Unidentified. 1917. Launches. In December 1917 fire destroyed a boat-building works at Battery Point, Hobart, causing extensive damage, and the loss or damage to five or six launches. [TS2]

Unidentified. 1918. Pleasure boat. Reported wrecked at the Burnie breakwater in a gale, 23 October 1918. [TS2]

Unidentified. 1918. Fishing boat. Stolen by three youths,  struck a rock and were forced to beach the boat at Safety Cove, Port Arthur, 1 February 1918. Vessel wrecked.  [TS2]

Unidentified. 1923. Dredge. Built Birmingham, UK, 1882. In a gale, sank at its moorings at Long Bay, Tasmania, 8 March 1923.   [TS2]

Unidentified. 1929. Launch. 30 ft. With a broken shaft coupling, drifted to Settlement Island, near Strahan, Tasmania; taken in tow but the line broke and the vessel abandoned, 8 January 1929. [TS2]

Unidentified. 1931. Launch. Drifted onto the reef off Cygnet Point on the Huon River, 20 December 1931. [TS2]

Unidentified. 1931. Fishing boat, 30 ft.  Wrecked ashore at either South Beach or Marine Terrace, Burnie, Tasmania, 23 June 1931. [TS2]

Unidentified. 1933  Fishing vessel. Capsized on the St. Helens bar, Tasmania, late March 1933.  One lost. [TS2]

Unidentified. 1936.  Fishing boat. Wrecked at Point Puer, Tasman Peninsula, November 1937. [TS2]

Unidentified. 1942. During the Second World War, fishermen found wreckage from an unknown vessel near Port Davey. Part of the wreckage contained the name John J. Ingles, but no record of such a ship existed. Bullet holes were found in part of the wreckage. Fishermen believe the vessel sank in sixty metres off Flat Top Island, Tasmania. [LAH]

Unidentified. 1957. Fishing vessel, 20 ft. Master-owner Reg Lade. Lost at Waterhouse Island, Tasmania, 19 January 1957.  [TS2]

Unidentified. 1959. Fishing boat. Swamped and sank at Yellow Bluff, south of The Blowhole on Tasman Peninsula, 19 December 1959. One young crewman drowned. [TS2]

Unidentified. 1961. Motor launch. Master-owner Allan Rust. During the Royal Hobart Regatta  exploded in flames off the Naval Jetty, Hobart, 14 February 1961. Four on board saved by jumping overboard.  [TS2]

Unidentified. 1962. Catamaran. Left Bellerive, Tasmania, on a fishing trip failed to return. Despite extensive searches by air and sea, no trace was ever found of her or two on board. [TS2]

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