Frances (1839)

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Career
Name: Frances
Owner: Mr. Thompson, Kangaroo Island[1]
Port of registry: Port Adelaide
Builder: William Paterson, Encounter Bay
Completed: 1839
Fate: Wrecked, Neptune Islands, SA 1840
Notes: Wooden Hull
General characteristics
Class & type: Cutter
Tonnage: 7 tons
Length: 24 ft 0 in (7.32 m)
Beam: 8 ft 0 in (2.44 m)
Depth: 4 ft 6 in (1.37 m)
Crew: 5

Frances was a cutter built in 1839 at Encounter Bay, South Australia. It was wrecked on South Neptune Island on 29 August 1840.[2][3] It was reported that the crew survived the wrecking event, came ashore and survived on a diet of penguin for 50 days before sending 2 people in a dinghy to Port Lincoln to seek help. Those remaining at South Neptune Island were subsequently rescued.[4] While the wreck site is protected by the Commonwealth Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 and its location is recorded as being at 35°33′00″S 136°12′00″E / 35.55000°S 136.20000°E / -35.55000; 136.20000Coordinates: 35°33′00″S 136°12′00″E / 35.55000°S 136.20000°E / -35.55000; 136.20000, as of 2004 it had not been found.[2][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LOCAL EVENT 100 YEARS AGO, Cutter Frances Wrecked on Neptune Islands on August 29, 1840". Port Lincoln Times. 29 August 1940. p. 7. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b ‘Frances’, Australian National Shipwreck Database at https://apps5a.ris.environment.gov.au/shipwreck/public/wreck/wreck.do?key=5369, retrieved 03/07/2012.
  3. ^ Christopher, P.; (1990), South Australian Shipwrecks: A Database (1802-1989), Society for Underwater Historical Research, North Adelaide, SA, pp 64. (ISBN 0 9588006 1 8)
  4. ^ "Latest from Port Lincoln". Southern Australian. 3 November 1840. p. 3. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Baker, J. L. (2004), Towards a System of Ecologically Representative Marine Protected Areas in South Australian Marine Bioregions - Technical Report. Prepared for Coast and Marine Conservation Branch, Department for Environment and Heritage, South Australia. page 74, at [1], retrieved 21/07/2012.