Shipwreck Databases Western Australian Museum


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 of damper and then set off to walk south. Before leaving they left a message on the abandoned lifeboat to let any searchers know where they were gone. Their good luck continued when they chanced upon some local Aborigines who were able to direct them to a nearby station at Yalobia, owned by Brockman.

Associated Tribe Thalanyji

Contact Evidence Verified

Type of contact Helpful

Year 1888

Nationality British

Location Pt Cloates

Source European