sv LOCH SLOY
built by D & W Henderson Ltd Glasgow,
Yard No 178

Propulsion: sail
Built: 1877
Ship Type: Barque
Tonnage: 1280 tons
Length: 225.5 feet
Breadth: 35.6 feet
Draught: 21.2 feet
Owner History:
Glasgow Shipping Co
Status: Wrecked - 24/04/1899

Remarks: (Original entry had type as steamship)

Following from the Dictionary of Disasters At Sea

The barque Loch Sloy, Capt. P. Nicol, was on passage from Glasgow to Adelaide and Melbourne with a general cargo when she met with disaster on the coast of Kangaroo Island at the mouth of the Gulf of St. Vincent, South Australia. The ship overran her distance when trying to pick up the light at Cape Borda. She was too close inshore and the light was hidden by the cliffs between Cape Bedout and Cape Couldie. In the darkness of the morning of April 24th, 1899, she ran full on to the Brothers Rocks, about 300 yards from the shore. She was dismasted and swept by huge seas and there was little opportunity for her crew to save themselves.

A few of the men with seven saloon passengers took refuge in the rigging but the masts went almost immediately, drowning all who clung to them. Four persons, a passenger, two seamen and an apprentice managed to struggle ashore.

They were many miles from a settlement and were forced to subsist on shell fish and dead penguins cast up by the sea. Two of the party walked to Cape Borda lighthouse and one reached May's Settlement, but a passenger who was too ill to walk died from exposure.

Of a complement of about 34 persons only these three survived.

Last updated: by Bruce Biddulph from the original records by Stuart Cameron




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