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The Benandra was lost on 25 March 1924 when it hit the sandspit near the bar at Moruya Heads. At least 1 death was recorded as a result.

The 345-ton vessel was a wooden screw steamer which functioned as a coastal transport for cargo. At 39.62m long, it was powered by a compound 20hp engine. The Benandra was built in Balmain, Sydney Harbour, by Morrison and Sinclair in 1914 and was owned by the Illawarra & Sth Coast Steam Navigation Co. Pty Ltd.


Site information

Site ID: 1818
Type: Steamer screw Construction: Wood
Primary industry: Transport Sub-industry: cargo - coastal
Gross tonnage: 345 Net tonnage: 166
Length (mtrs): 39.62 Beam (mtrs): 9.144
Draft (mtrs): 2.682 Cargo:
Engine: Compound 20 hp
Country built: AUSTRALIA State built: New South Wales
Port built: Sydney Harbour, Balmain builder: Morrison & Sinclair
Port registered: Sydney When built: 1914
Registration number: 17/1914 Official number: 131592
Sources: NMH 8/4/1924 Register of British Shipping, Sydney. Parsons, R, ' Steamships to the Illawarra' 1991.
Comments: A twin screw steamer built by Campbell & Calderwood, Scotland.

Lost event

When lost: 1924/03/25 Where lost: Moruya Heads, sandspit near the bar.
Wrecked/Refloated: Wrecked Sinking: Hit bar
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Master: Owner: Illawarra & Sth Coast Steam Nav. Co. Pty Ltd
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Total deaths: 1


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Found: No Inspected: NO
Protected: Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 Jurisdiction: Federal
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