australian SS Macedon (+1883)
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nationality australian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion sail and steam
date built 1870
weight (tons) 826  grt
dimensions -- x 9 x 4.7 m
power 100  b.h.p.
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 21/03/1883  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Potter W. H. & Sons, Liverpool
Marshall, Lilly & Robinson, Glasgow
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 18/01/2008
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last update 29/03/2014
[1] Lettens Jan02/06/2009
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Lettens Jan14/05/2008

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Levano Hervé29/03/2014Macedon; Iron steamship, built as a passenger vessel by W H Potter & Co., Liverpool, England. Barque-rigged vessel with one deck was powered by 96-hp 2 cylinder inverted engines. Built for W H Smith & Partners as the Melbourne Steamship Co.1881 chartered to Anderson & Marshall & Lilly, Melbourne, with the option to purchase. Worked the coast of Western Australia on that State Government's mail rununtil 21st March 1883 when she drifted onto Transit reef off Rottnest Island.

Remaining there overnight and, the next morning, with engines full astern she coursed backward onto Phillip Rock, sustaining damaged stern and holing the hull. To save live and cargo, she was thrust forward onto transit reef, becoming a total loss. All lives saved
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Lettens Jan14/05/2008Macedon; Passenger Ship; 532 tons; Owned by J. Marshall, Lilly & Robinson; Built at W. H. Potter & Sons in 1870. Registered at Melbourne.

On 21 March 1883, Macedon (Capt. CFraig) was on voyage from Fremantle to Kimberley with a cargo of 50 horses, mails general and 50 passengers, when she was lost off Rottnest Island, Transit Reef.
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Allen Tony18/01/2008Macedon was an Iron steamship, 826/796 tons. Carrying passengers, luggage, and a cargo of horses from Fremantle to Beagle Bay. She struck a reef and began taking water quickly filling the engine room with water. Rough weather quickly destroyed the vessel. The hull was sold for salvage at auction for £170

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