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The Centennial, like the Currajong, survives as one of the largest shipwrecks in Sydney Harbour.  An iron steamer built at Greenock, United Kingdom in 1863, the Centennial had a length of 66 metres and tonnage of 897 tons gross.  An international cargo carrier, the vessel ended its days sunk in Taylors Bay, Sydney Harbour, after collision with the Kanahooka on 23 August 1889.  The steamer was departing Sydney for Wellington, New Zealand, under command of Captain Lessing, and was owned by James Elllis.  Originally named Albion, the steamer had a cargo of coal.

Depth of site ~18m.


Site information

Site ID: 1930
Type: Steamer screw Construction: Iron
Primary industry: Transport Sub-industry: cargo - international
Gross tonnage: 897 Net tonnage: 610
Length (mtrs): 66.53 Beam (mtrs): 8.290
Draft (mtrs): 6.705 Cargo: Coal
Engine: Triple expansion
Country built: UNITED KINGDOM State built:
Port built: Greenock builder: Scott & Co
Port registered: Sydney When built: 1863
Registration number: 29/1889 Official number: 47848
Sources: Register of British Shipping SMH 24/8, 26/8/1889
Comments: Former name: 'Albion'. Changed 5/10/1888 Depth of site ~18m

Lost event

When lost: 1889/08/23 Where lost: Sydney Harbour, Taylors Bay
Wrecked/Refloated: Wrecked Sinking: Collision, Kanahooka
From port: Sydney To port: Wellington
Master: Capt Lessing Owner: James Cole Ellis
Crew: 30 Passengers:
Crew deaths: 0 Passenger deaths: 0
Total deaths: 0


Maximum latitude: 33.84772 Minimum latitude:
Maximum longitude: 151.25008 Minimum longitude:
Datum used: AGD66
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Found: Yes Inspected: NO
Protected: NSW Heritage Act 1977 Jurisdiction: State
Protection notes:
Signage: Web address: http://www.michaelmcfadyenscuba.info/viewpage.php?page_id=5