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Wreck Report for 'Emma Matilda', 1895

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Unique ID:16794
Description:BOT Wreck Report for 'Emma Matilda', 1895
Creator:Board of Trade
Copyright:Out of copyright
Partner:SCC Libraries
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(No. 5102.)


REPORT and Decision of the Marine Board of New South Wales in the matter of the wreck of the unregistered vessel, the "EMMA MATILDA."

The Board held an investigation into the circumstances attending the wreck of this vessel, and they ascertained that she was a small cutter of 12 tons, unregistered, and trading under a Customs' License between the Hawkesbury River and Sydney. She was owned and sailed by Frederick Bernodorff, assisted by his son John.

The "Emma Matilda" was on her usual run from Sydney with a cargo of maize and sundries, and when near the entrance to the Hawkesbury River, a gale came on from the N.E., which necessitated her running back for shelter, and when off North Head, at the entrance to Port Jackson, she was becalmed, and drifted on to the rocks, on the 2nd instant, and became a total wreck. The dingy was got out, but she capsized, and the master sank; the son, however, managed to hang on to her, and was washed ashore near Manly Beach.

The Board reported that the said loss was caused by the wind falling, and the sea drifting the vessel on the rocks.





Sydney, 7th January 1895.

81564—224. 110.—3/95. Wt. 60. E. & S.


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