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30 January 2017

On this day–30th January 1870.

Wreck of the barque Camden near Brush Island south of Ulladulla.

September 4th  - Loaded with 40 tons of pig iron and 2909 deals she was pulled away from the wharves at London bound for Sydney under the command of Captain Sutton,
November 10th – She crossed the Equator, with moderate northerly trades.
December 11th - She passed the Cape of Good Hope.
December 22nd – She reached Victoria and passed Cape Otway. The voyage thus far had been uneventful.

January 30th  -  Reaching the southern New South Wales coast the wind conditions changed, she was now running with a fresh S,S,E breeze,  the night was hazy.

The man on forward watch reported land ahead,  and at almost the same time the chief officer called out land on the starboard bow.
Captain Sutton who was on deck, at once put the helm a-port to heave her out,  but finding he could not weather the land and conceiving there might,  from the appearance, be some passage inside, put helm a-starboard,  but she almost immediately struck the reef heavily. Within two hours she was full of water, and finding on sounding all round that there was no possibility of getting her off. 

The crew at daylight abandoned her
with the exception of the chief officer and two seamen, who were left to save as much of their clothing and personal effects as possible, while the rest of crew rowed one of her boats to the Clyde River for assistance.

The Camden was owned by W.H.Sawyer of Sydney who was a passenger by her. She was insured for 500 pounds in the Sydney Marine.  -  Camden a wooden barque of 253 tons, built at Nantes France in 1850,  measured 93.6in long  x 24.4in wide  x 13.5in feet deep.

Recovery of the cargo goes horribly wrong.
February 19th
  -  Four vessels were employed to recover much of the Camden cargo,  during the operation the area was hit with a strong southerly buster which saw the  Ketch Agnes and Henry (25 tons),  and the for-and-aft schooner Mary Cosgrove (31 tons) being forced ashore becoming total wrecks.
The 31 ton, 56 ft wooden schooner Flying Cloud slipped her anchor during the gale,  narrowly escaping disaster,  The Sylvanus made port prior to the "intense southerly buster".
All hands were saved.





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