Shipwreck Databases Western Australian Museum

Black Swan ex Government Dredge (1911)

outside North Mole, Fremantle

Bucket ladder dredge, 18 buckets, could dredge 9 ft
Came out to WA in 1872, worked by convict labour, dredged Perth area/ Esplanade.
1887 repaired, iron bottom replaced with jarrah and bucket ladder increased from 18 to 22 buckets, could dredge 15 ft. Relaunched 1888 and renamed Black Swan. Worked with Priestman Dredge ‘C’ on bar removal and narrowing Fremantle Harbour entrance.
Worked Canning Reach and ‘Convict Fence’ 1892-96, Perth Esplanade and Barrack St East reclamation works 1900-1911.
Scuttled 1911 with other plant outside North Mole.

Ship Built

Builder Mr Christian, North Fremantle assembled the dredge that came out in sections from UK

Country Built UK

Port Built North Fremantle

Ship Lost

Gouped Region Metro

Sinking Towed outside North Mole and scuttled with other plant

When Lost 1911

Where Lost outside North Mole, Fremantle

Ship Details

Engine 12 HP up to 32HP with large flywheel, Maudslay Son and Field

Length 27.40

Beam 7.30

Museum Reference

Unique Number 1093

Sunk Code Scuttled

Protected Protected Federal

Found N

Inspected N

Confidential NO