Shipwreck Databases Western Australian Museum
  • Atlantis Seaplane Float

    Stranger on the Shore | Updated 22 Feb 2011

    It was 15 May 1932. The seaplane Atlantis was on its way to Darwin from Kupang in Timor, when bad weather caused it to become well off course. Running out of fuel, the pilot, Captain Hans Bertram, had to land in a remote part of the northwest coast. He and ...

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  • Batavia

    Stranger on the Shore | Updated 29 Nov 2012

    The Batavia wreck occurred on 4 June 1629. The ship struck the Morning Reef in the Wallabi Group of the Abrolhos Islands. It was carrying 316 people along with trade goods, 12 chests of coin, and a large amount of cargo, jewellery and silver. It took a we ...

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  • Belinda

    Stranger on the Shore | Updated 29 Nov 2012

    The Belinda was wrecked near Middle Island in the Recherche Archipelago on 17 May 1824. She was on her way to the sealing grounds on the south coast of Western Australia. The ship’s crew all survived and began to sail back to Sydney in two of the ship’s b ...

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  • Benan

    Stranger on the Shore | Updated 29 Nov 2012

    The Benan struck a reef off Point Cloates on 23 December 1888. The crew managed to get ashore in one of the lifeboats but they only managed to take some water ashore with them. Luckily a barrel of flour washed up on the beach with which they made a supply ...

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  • Bertha

    Stranger on the Shore | Updated 22 Feb 2011

    The Bertha was wrecked on a reef near Point Cloates on 20 July 1874. The Captain , Joseph Moriah and four crew escaped on a dinghy, but with no provisions. They travelled for six days until arriving at Tubridgi Point. The five survivors had been without an ...

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  • Boat from de Goede Hoop

    Stranger on the Shore | Updated 22 Feb 2011

    The jacht De Goede Hoop was sent to look for survivors from the wrecked Vergulde Draeck in July 1656. The jacht sent a ship’s boat ashore when they reached the wreck area. Three men from this boat disappeared in the bush and the other eight were sent to lo ...

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  • Boat from the Geographe

    Stranger on the Shore | Updated 22 Feb 2011

    In June 1801 a chaloupe or longboat from the Geographe was stranded in the Wonnerup inlet. Post Captain Nicholas Baudin sent a rescue mission the following day which included the master carpenter to affect repairs to the chaloupe. Baudin was concerned abou ...

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  • Boat from Waeckende Boey

    Stranger on the Shore | Updated 22 Feb 2011

    The Emeloort and the Waeckende Boey had set sail in 1658 to chart the coast of the Southland and look for survivors of the Vergulde Draeck. The Emeloort reached sight of the Southland at latitude 33° 12´S and then turned north along the coast. Fires were s ...

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  • Brothers

    Stranger on the Shore | Updated 22 Feb 2011

    The Brothers disappeared, never reaching its destination after leaving for Roebourne on 19 February 1867. This was very close to the time the Emma disappeared, and in the same area. All that is known about this wreck is that a few years after the disappear ...

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  • Calliance

    Stranger on the Shore | Updated 22 Feb 2011

    In 1865 the Calliance had an ignominious end, along with the hopes and dreams of the Camden Harbour Pastoral Association settlers it carried. They had embarked in Melbourne to be part of an ambitious and foolhardy attempt to settle the country of the West ...

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