australian PSS Maitland (+1898)
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nationality australian
purpose transport
type passenger ship
propulsion paddle-steam
date built 1870
is nickname no
weight (tons) 880  grt
dimensions 70.6 x 8.3 x 5.9 m
material iron
engine 1 x 2 cyl. Compound expansion paddle steam propulsion
power 401  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 7
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 06/05/1898  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.21rank: 632
about people
Mcculloch & Co.
engine by
McNabb & Co - MacNabb & Co., Greenock
last owner
[1]Newcastle & Hunter River Steamship Co. Ltd.
PSS Maitland (+1898)
period 1891 ~ 1898
prev. owners
[2]Hunter River New Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.
PSS Maitland
period 1870 ~ 1891
captain Skinner
no. of crew 37
no. of passengers 30
about the wreck
depth (m.)
protected yes
war grave
entered by Lettens Jan
entered 14/05/2008
last update Vleggeert Nico
last update 06/05/2013
Lettens Jan14/05/2008
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Protected: Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976
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Allen Tony23/02/2009The paddle steamship Maitland PSS left Sydney for Newcastle, N.S.W., at 11 o´clock on the night of May 5th, 1898, with a crew of 33 and 30 passengers. The weather was very rough and once outside Sydney Heads the ship encountered the full force of the gale. A heavy deck cargo of machinery broke adrift and began to cause serious damage, the vessel took water and it was decided to put back to Sydney,about 19 miles distant.

The engines were kept going until the water gained upon the pumps and the engine room was flooded. Just before daybreak the Maitland crashed upon the rocks off Barrenjoey Lighthouse, near Broken Bay and heavy seas broke her in two. The bow was partly under water and passengers and crew who were on that portion of the wreck were swept away and drowned. In all 21 persons wer e lost, including the first officer.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
Lettens Jan14/05/2008Maitland; Passenger Ship; 880 tons; 70.6x8.3x5.9 m.; Built in 1870. Registered at Sydney. Registration no. 2/1892.

On 06 May 1898, Maitland was on voyage from Sydney with a cargo of general goods and ~30 passengers and a crew of 37, when she was wrecked off Broken Bay, Maitland Bay. 21 died.
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