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On the 2nd of September 1922 the Queen Bee sprang a leak during a crossing from Newcastle to Sydney and was wrecked 2 miles NE of Broken Bay. At the time of the event the vessel was owned by Saddington, Dixon and mastered by Captain Gardiner and with a crew of 9. 

The 173-ton wooden screw steamer was 33.5 metres long and powered by a twin compound (4 cylinders total) 31 nhp engine. The Queen Bee was registered in  Sydney and used for the transport of coastal coal cargoes.  The vessel was built in 1907 by Rock Davis in Blackwell, Brisbane Water, NSW (ON 121174). 


Site information

Site ID: 733
Type: Steamer screw Construction: Wood
Primary industry: Transport Sub-industry: cargo - coastal
Gross tonnage: 173 Net tonnage: 70
Length (mtrs): 33.52 Beam (mtrs): 7.924
Draft (mtrs): 2.499 Cargo: Coal
Engine: Compound x2 (4 cyl total), 31 nhp
Country built: AUSTRALIA State built: New South Wales
Port built: Brisbane Water, Blackwall builder: Rock Davis
Port registered: Sydney When built: 1907
Registration number: 21/1907 Official number: 121174
Sources: SMH 4/9/22; NMH 4/9/1922 (includes image); RANZ 1918-19; RBS;
Comments: Twin screw steamer

Lost event

When lost: 1922/09/02 Where lost: Broken Bay, 2 miles NE
Wrecked/Refloated: Wrecked Sinking: Sprang a leak in bows
From port: Newcastle To port: Sydney
Master: Captain Gardiner Owner: Saddington, Dixon
Crew: 9 Passengers:
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Found: No Inspected: No
Protected: Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 Jurisdiction: Federal
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