|The HMAS Melbourne steaming across the bay in a spectacular Jervis Bay sunrise.|
|30 minutes later the colour had disappeared and been replaced by a complete cover of grey rain clouds.|
|HMAS Melbourne is currently in the bay.|
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These are some of the headlines that announced the narrow escape from disaster of the S.S. Eden in 1909.
S,S, Eden in Eden Harbour – no copyright restrictions.
Today with the aid of modern navigation equipment, communication and radar, it's hard to imagine a ship running into the imposing cliffs of Point Perpendicular, but for the coasting vessels of the early 20th Century given the "right" or "wrong" set of circumstances Point Perpendicular could pose a serious problem. Point Perpendicular headland is one of the most easterly projections into the Tasman Sea, coasting vessels often sailing and steaming close to shore and without due diligence, could find themselves on a collision course with these imposing cliffs.
In this case it was a slightly strange combination of circumstances that caused the mishap and near disaster of the Luxuriant Steam Ship Eden.
Saturday 18th 1909
Sailing on smooth seas between Eden and Sydney, the S.S Eden carried 100 passengers including 40 to 50 women and children and around 30 crew, and cargo, Captain S.Bishop who was temporarily relieving Captain G. Walker, was staying closer in to shore than would normally have been regarded as prudent or necessary.
The second unusual circumstance.
7 - 8a.m - Ulladulla light had been shortly spotted, the Eden cut straight across Wreck Bay and kept close in.
Breakers Ahead - The man on lookout saw the cliffs and rushed aft, the captain in the wheel house ordered the the engines to be put into full speed astern, but it was to late, and the steamer crashing on, was brought upon the rocks.
The Eden responded to her engines and was backed off straight away, an examination showed that the fore-peak had become flooded, the bulk head kept the remainder of the vessel perfectly tight. The ship was examined and found to be badly damaged below the water line Captain Bishop judged the Eden to be sea worthy and without delay headed the Eden away for Sydney. The wells were sounded periodically during the run up the coast, and it was found that the water had not extended to the holds, the pumps were not required, and consequently the cargo was not damaged.
The Eden was fitted with two bulkheads and therefore if the damage had been much greater than it proved to be she would have remained afloat.
Captain S. Bishop one of the oldest and most careful of the coasting masters was temporarily relieving Captain G Walker at the time of the accident, but it had been arranged that he should take over permanent command of the vessel. Captain Walker having been selected to command the companies new luxuriant steamer Merimbula, which in 1928 went ashore and sunk after running into Drum and Drumsticks near Jervis Bay. Continue reading about the Merimbula
Other reported incidents involving the Eden.
1905 - The Eden had previously survived a tremendous gale off the coast of Jervis Bay. Seeking shelter in Jervis Bay, the Eden entering the bay with great difficulty, she took four hours to pick up the lighthouse, Sea after sea broke over the steamer, smashing the fittings and saloon furniture. The passenger of whom there were a large number had an exciting time, and the women suffered severely, weeping and praying all night. The weather was so tempestuous that the female passengers were not the only ones on board who thought the Eden would never survive the storm.
1910 - Tidal Wave.
1921 -- The Eden was used to carry cargo and passengers to relieve Tasmania which was cut off during a seamans strike.
1929 - Man Lost Overboard.
| The red hawsepipe can be clearly seen in the bow of the Lady Denman Ferry.|
In this case it’s very small, but in a larger vessel the pipe can be quite substantial and weigh many kilo’s.
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Amazing footage taken at the French Lighthouse Kereon, built in 1914 in the Iroise Sea, despite continued rough conditions. Kereon was automated in 2004.
|still frame from the video.|
The Cape St George Lighthouse and Point Perpandicular Lighthouse have both featured on this blog site on many occasions. When we visit the ruins of the Cape St George lighthouse we marvel at the isolation and effort the pioneers would have had to endure to keep the families and the lighthouse running. I found this video of the French lighthouse keepers changing shifts during gale force winds. The lighthouse itself is a marvel of engineering, the skill of the boat master in the dangerous conditions is amazing, and worth the small time it takes to watch the film.
13 September 2016
|Wrecks and Melancholy.|
1822 - Alexander Berry entered the Crookhaven River with the Royal George, a vessel of 500 tons, charthered by him in London. Berry found the entrance to the Shoalhaven River was to dangerous and impossible owing to the shoals with which the entrance was dotted. He entered the Crookhaven River and proceeded to cut the first canal to be formed in Australia three quarters of a mile in length joining the Crookhaven to the Shoalhaven River, the canal has since grown to be wide and deep making the bar crossing at Crookhaven Heads the main entrance for vessels of all descriptions into the Shoalhaven River.
1858 – The Schooner Mountsbay. Once the news of the wreck was known, Captain M’Cue of the Steamer Nora Creina, sent out his lifeboat, manned by a portion of his crew and two volunteers ashore, who were accompanied by Mr. Barker, mate of the steamer and Mr. W.C. Morrison of Greenwell Point. Fortunatly these parties saved all the cargo but the schooner became a total wreck. - All hands were saved..
1864 - The Barque Pacific, During devastating floods and gales that inundated the farms and towns of the Nowra Shoalhaven region, two vessels were lost . The 313 ton American Built Barque Pacific, property of Mr.. William Wright, of Sydney, under the command of Captain Chase became a total wreck at Crookhaven heads. The beach below the Crookhaven Heads was strewed with candles.
1864 – The Ketch Sarah, from Sydney was lost at Crookhaven Heads during the same storm as above - one man was lost after being washed from the helm.
1873 – The S.S. Coolangatta, paddle steamer, 87 tons, during floods and in ballast she parted from one sea anchor and dragged the other. She was swept out of the river and capsized, the crew escaped with great difficulty in their boat. She was later picked up, bottom upwards and during an attempt to tow her into the Crookhaven River and right her, she sank in deep water.
1901 - The Ketch Chippewa 26 tons, wrecked at Crookhaven Heads during a heavy gale – reports indicate that all hands were lost, she lay in about 60ft of water and attempts were made to salvage her, but when the cables gave away, she went to pieces. .
Allowrie crossing the bar 1905.
1908 – The S.S. Peterborough, 159 tons, built by Atlas Engineering Co., Woolwich, New South Wales for the Shellharbour S N Co Ltd. grounded near Crookhaven Heads, but was not in a dangerous position and was refloated on the next high tide.
4 - Quarry from which the stone is obtained. It is about 200 yards from the shoalhaven bridge, and the stone has to be hauled about twenty miles to the breakwater.
5 – Crookhaven Lighthouse.
1911 – S.S. Coomonderry – 147 tons steel steam ship, Aground as Crookhaven Heads - at this time the entrance to the river was very badly silted, going from, and coming into the river posed many challenges without the added pressure of the river becoming to shallow to cross except on dead high tide. After being grounded Captain Willes was so concerned he wrote a report to the South Coast Steam Navigation Company, Ltd; outling his fears.
Stranded on the shore in Bernie Tasmania.
1912 – The S.S. Brooklyn, Wrecked at Crookhaven Heads, crew of 8 saved...continue To previous post about the S.S. Brooklyn.
1936 - A launch, skippered by Mr. Hope Bartlet and accompanied by his mechanic, Mr. Frank Ball, left Crookhaven River at night, soon after leaving the entrance the weather changed, the sea began to rise in front of a developing north east gale,,,motoring for some time without making any headway and starting to ship a sea or two, it was decided they should return to the safety of the river. Trying to enter the river in total darkness, the launch ran right up onto rocks smashing a hole. The men managed to find safety by scrambling across the rocks and getting ashore,. The vessel became a total wreck.
8 September 2016
The Shoalhaven has many ports of call for coasting vessels, each port entrance poses it’s own challenge to the captains and crew during foul weather and one of the more dangerous is Crookhaven Heads, particuarly before the breakwater was built in 1910.
|Calm conditions disguise the potential dangers.|
Thursday the 13th of May 1923
1914 . S.S. Bodalla was launced and was owned by the Illawarra and South Coast Steam Navigation Company, Ltd., She was used on the south coast run, often picking up a cargo of Silica rock from Ulladulla. The Bodalla was expressly built for the Moruya and Narooma trade with special provisions for carrying cheese and passengers.
out of copyright.
Her wrecked remains were later sold at auction for 50 pounds to William Waugh Limited of Balmain.
At the time of the wreck, the Bodalla was insured for 11.500 pounds.
|Marine Court Enquiry.|
|Continue to a previous post about the loss of the S.S. Brooklyn at Crookhaven Heads.|