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Wreck Report for 'Candidate', 1895

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Unique ID:16808
Description:BOT Wreck Report for 'Candidate', 1895
Creator:Board of Trade
Copyright:Out of copyright
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(No. 5143.)


REPORT and Decision of the Marine Board of New South Wales in the matter of the loss of the "CANDIDATE," Official No. 89,378.

An inquiry was held by the Board into the cause of the wreck of this vessel, and they ascertained that she was a ketch-rigged, double centre-board vessel of 86 tons, registered in Sydney, owned by Mr. Nicholas Cain, of Port Macquarie, and insured.

The "Candidate" was on a voyage from Sydney to Port Macquarie, and was lost on the 16th ultimo, in the attempt to enter the Hastings River during a fresh S.E. breeze and heavy sea, by capsizing, whereby the master, G. Freeman, and the crew (4) were drowned.

The Board reported that the wreck was caused by the upsetting of the vessel by an extraordinary heavy sea on the Port Macquarie Bar.

It was elicited during the inquiry that the "Candidate" had only about three tons of cargo, and that she was without ballast at the time of the catastrophe; but that she was fitted with two centre-boards, and was specially designed to sail without ballast; and had, moreover, run successfully about ten years.





Sydney, 11th March 1895.

Issued in London by the Board of Trade on the

13th day of May 1895.

87089—2. 110—5/95. Wt. 165. E. & S.


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