Shipwreck Databases Western Australian Museum


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 any food or water and were very debilitated. Some local aborigines were able to provide some water and turtle meat for them, probably saving their lives, but it was too late for Charles Love who died that evening. The other four then set off for Port Walcott and met up with Captain Charles Tuckey who took them to safety.

Associated Tribe Thalanyji

Contact Evidence Verified

Type of contact Helpful

Year 1874

Nationality Australian

Location Point Cloates

Source European