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The Wear was wrecked 15 kilometres off Montague Island on the 8th of September 1944, after a collision at night with the Norwegian freighter MV Anatina. The vessel was struck amidships about 1.00 a.m. and almost cut in half. Many of the crew jumped into the sea in their pyjamas, with the vessel sinking some forty minutes later. All but Newcastle man Harold Pring survived. Wear was travelling at about 10-knots towards Newcastle to load coal. Newspapers record a crew of either 32 or 56.

The 1892-ton steel single screw steamer was built by John Brown in Sunderland, United Kingdom in 1911, and registered at the port of Melbourne. The vessel had a length of 81.6 metres and a beam of 11.5 metres and was powered by a triple expansion engine. A collier operating on the Newcastle to Melbourne route, Wear was owned by James Paterson & Co., Melbourne.

Wear reputedly had a DEMS gunner attached to the crew.



Site information

Site ID: 205
Type: Steamer screw Construction: Steel
Primary industry: Transport Sub-industry: cargo - coastal
Gross tonnage: 1892 Net tonnage: 1086
Length (mtrs): 81.68 Beam (mtrs): 11.55
Draft (mtrs): 5.364 Cargo:
Engine: Triple Expansion steam
Country built: UNITED KINGDOM State built:
Port built: Sunderland builder: John Brown
Port registered: Melbourne When built: 1911
Registration number: 3/1912 Official number: 129777
Sources: SMH 9/9, 11/9/1944 p.3 NMH & Miners' Advocate 9/9, 15/9/1944 RBS RANZ 1941
Comments: Vessel in collsion with MV Anatina and fatally holed.

Lost event

When lost: 1944/09/08 Where lost: Montague Island, 15 kms off
Wrecked/Refloated: Wrecked Sinking: Collision MV Anatina
From port: Melbourne To port: Newcastle
Master: Owner: James Paterson & Co. Melbourne
Crew: 56 Passengers:
Crew deaths: 1 Passenger deaths:
Total deaths: 1


Maximum latitude: -36.3966167394834 Minimum latitude:
Maximum longitude: 150.246560568591 Minimum longitude:
Datum used: WGS84
  Datum    Latitude    Longitude    Zone    Easting    Northing
AGD66 -36.39662189360090 150.24656056859100 56 253058.35871147300000 5968522.54097731000000
AGD84 -36.39662189360090 150.24656056859100 56 253058.35871147300000 5968522.54097731000000
GDA94 -36.39661677683850 150.24656056859100 56 253059.24005278700000 5968537.11191985000000
WGS84 -36.39661677593700 150.24656056859100 56 253059.24005136100000 5968537.11191167000000


Found: No Inspected: Yes
Protected: Not Protected Jurisdiction: Federal
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