Shipwreck Databases Western Australian Museum


The Dulverton is an incident with a happy ending. On the 26 May 1956 it became stuck on a sandbank at West Bay. The Captain was authorised to dump the cargo if necessary to save the ship. With the assistance of the Kalumburu Mission barge and its Aboriginal crew and another ship from Darwin, both cargo and ship were saved. The Aboriginal crew “was so impressed with the dangerous experience that they composed a dance which reproduced the ‘salvaging’ of the Dulverton and featured a replica of the ship.”

Associated Tribe Gamberre, Miwa, Kwini, Wunambul

Contact Evidence Verified

Type of contact Helpful

Year 1956

Location West Bay

Source European