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20 February 2017

Paddle steamer Natone seeks shelter in Jervis Bay.



23rd October 1884,  the double ended paddle steamer Natone was on a voyage between Sydney and the Tamar River in Tasmania when she encountered very heavy seas while approaching Jervis Bay.  Like many vessels caught in deteriorating conditions along the south east coast she sought shelter inside the protected waters of the Bay until conditions improved.    The Natone arrived safely at her destination on the 29th October.

This type of vessel was made to be used on rivers,  not on the open ocean.  One can imagine the journey across Bass Strait to Tasmania would have been filled with apprehension.

The Natone was built in 1883 at Mort's Dock in Sydney for the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Company and was capable of carrying 800 passengers.






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