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History

The iron paddle steamer Euroka, was a 170 ton vessel built at Balmain, Sydney in 1897. The 37 metre steamer had a top speed of eight knots. 'Euroka' is reported as an Aboriginal word for 'Spirit in the sun' or 'Spirit that lives in the sun'.

The Euroka began service with the North Coast Steam Navigation Company Ltd. The paddle steamer was converted to a collier in 1910 by new owners and began operating on the 'Sixty Miler' run between Newcastle and Sydney.

After loading coal at Lake Macquarie, for a voyage to Sydney, the steamer grounded several times, finally getting to sea on the morning of the 19th October 1913. Once at sea, water was noticed entering the engine room. Defeat was eventually conceded when steam was billowing from below decks and the vessel was settling fast. At 5 pm, Captain Benton gave the order to abandon ship off Narrabeen, Sydney. Five hours later, the crew of nine arrived safely in Sydney.

The abandoned Euroka drifted onto reef at the north-eastern point of Long Reef and became a total loss. Today the site is spread over a considerable area in five metres of water along the northern side of Long Reef.

photo: Modern impression of Euroka. Painting by Mr King.
Modern impression of Euroka. Painting by Mr King.
photo: Long Reef Point - Euroka drifted onto reef at the north-eastern point of Long Reef. Photograph: David Nutley.
Long Reef Point - Euroka drifted onto reef at the north-eastern point of Long Reef. Photograph: David Nutley.

Database

Site information

Site ID: 1404
Type: Steamer paddle Construction: Steel
Primary industry: Transport Sub-industry: cargo - coastal
Gross tonnage: 170 Net tonnage: 89
Length (mtrs): 36.7 Beam (mtrs): 6.7
Draft (mtrs): 2.1 Cargo: Coal
Engine: Diagonal Compound
Country built: AUSTRALIA State built: New South Wales
Port built: Sydney Harbour, Balmain builder:
Port registered: Sydney When built: 1897
Registration number: 30/1897 Official number: 106144
Sources: NMH 21/10, 20/11/1913 RBS Sydney 30/1897
Comments:

Lost event

When lost: 1913/10/19 Where lost: Sydney, Long Reef, on north side
Wrecked/Refloated: Wrecked Sinking: Leaked, abandoned
From port: Lake Macquarie To port: Sydney
Master: Owner: J Blackwood
Crew: 9 Passengers: 0
Crew deaths: 0 Passenger deaths: 0
Total deaths: 0

Location

Maximum latitude: 33.741667 Minimum latitude: 33.736167
Maximum longitude: 151.311167 Minimum longitude: 151.3055
Datum used:
  Datum    Latitude    Longitude    Zone    Easting    Northing
AGD66
AGD84
GDA94
WGS84

Management

Found: Yes Inspected: No
Protected: Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 Jurisdiction: Federal
Protection notes:
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