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9 December 2016

On this day - 134 years ago.

The wreck of the Alfred and Edward 9th Dec 1982.

The Alfred and Edward was a 35 ton ketch under the command of James Conway, master and owner.  Mr. Conway had owned the vessel for nine months at the time of the wreck.
The vessel with 4 hands on board was on a voyage to Batemans Bay when a strong southerly wind came on the blow,  and they put into Ulladulla; but in trying to work the vessel out, the vessel missed stays,  and went ashore.  The anchor was let go,  but would not hold.  Every endeavour was made to get the vessel off,  but without avail.  Everything movable was saved.


19th December.

Charles Young and Morgan having corroborated the evidence of the master,  the Board deliberated,  and found that the vessel was lost through missing stays,  and that there was no evidence on which to found a charge of default against the master.

The vessel was valued at 600 ponds and insured for 500 pounds.



A ketch is a sailing craft with two masts. The distinguishing characteristic of a ketch is that the forward of the two masts (the "mainmast") is larger than the after mast (the "mizzen").


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