Centaur (1849 ship)

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Centaur memorial at North Beach

Centaur was a 188 ton iron brig built in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1849.[1]

She was sunk after striking a reef at the southern section of Marmion Reef on 9 December 1874 while travelling from Champion Bay to Fremantle.[2] All nine crew and four passengers, including noted politician and lawyer Septimus Burt, survived. The 30 metre long brig was carrying a cargo of 200 long tons (200 t) of galena when it struck the reef, about 3.7 kilometres (2.3 mi) offshore.

The reef is now named Centaur Reef and is part of Marmion Marine Park north of Perth, Western Australia.[3]


  1. ^ "Centaur wreck". Shipwreck Database – Western Australian Museum. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Local and General.". The Western Australian Times (Perth: National Library of Australia). 11 December 1874. p. 3. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Marmion Marine Park". Park Finder – Department of Environment and Conservation. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 

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Coordinates: 31°51′50″S 115°42′40″E / 31.86376°S 115.711118°E / -31.86376; 115.711118