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The 54 ton Lady of Lorn was a small timber vessel of 21.33 metres. Built at Lake Macquarie, NSW in 1877, the vessel was employed in the timber trade with Nambucca. In July 1889, the ketch had loaded a cargo of 30, 000 feet of sawn timber from this port bound for Sydney. The Lady of Lorn was forced to seek the shelter of Trial Bay in the face of a rising gale, anchoring there in company with the schooner Eliza Allan.  Conditions at Trial Bay meant that the vessel had to seek the comparative safety of the open sea..  Worsening sea conditions drove the vessel ashore at Moonee Beach on the morning of 19 July where it struck about "50 yards from the main land". 

Within an hour the hull had broken to pieces after the mainmast crashed overboard to seaward, leaving the decks to carry away.  The wreck was reported to the local Fernmount Police by Aborigines from the area while other residents Gabriel Skinner and J. Frazer gave excellent assistance to the crew still stranded on the wreck.  The Mate, Baldwin, jumped overboard and managed to be washed ashore in an exhausted state.  One of the Able Seamen, Alfred Egmont, attempted to do the same but was washed back to the wreck twice and finally drowned. His body was later recovered and buried ashore. The wreck site has not been discovered.

photo: Lady of Lorne - site Investigation. Photograph by David Nutley.
Lady of Lorne - site Investigation. Photograph by David Nutley.
photo: Map of Wreck Site
Map of Wreck Site


Site information

Site ID: 1121
Type: Ketch Construction: Wood
Primary industry: Transport Sub-industry: cargo - coastal
Gross tonnage: 56 Net tonnage: 56
Length (mtrs): 21.61 Beam (mtrs): 5.577
Draft (mtrs): 2.286 Cargo: Timber (hardwood), sawn
Engine: NA
Country built: AUSTRALIA State built: New South Wales
Port built: Lake Macquarie builder:
Port registered: Sydney When built: 1877
Registration number: 54/1884 Official number: 74830
Sources: NMH & Miners' Advocate 25/7/1889 SMH 23/7, 24/7, 29/7/1889 Northern Star 14/8/1889 RBS

Lost event

When lost: 1889/07/19 Where lost: Solitary Islands, nth of Coffs Hbr at Moonee Beach
Wrecked/Refloated: Wrecked Sinking: Gale, driven ashore
From port: Nambucca To port: Sydney
Master: Owner:
Crew: 5 Passengers: 0
Crew deaths: Passenger deaths:
Total deaths: 1


Maximum latitude: -30.21211 Minimum latitude:
Maximum longitude: 153.16124 Minimum longitude:
Datum used:
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Found: Yes Inspected: Yes
Protected: NSW Heritage Act 1977 Jurisdiction: State
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