Wreck of Postboy, Arno Bay, circa 1920
|Owner:||Weman and Morgan|
|Out of service:||October 1905|
|Fate:||Wrecked Arno Bay, SA 1905|
|Class and type:||Schooner|
|Length:||77 ft 0 in (23.47 m)|
|Beam:||19 ft 0 in (5.79 m)|
|Draught:||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
The 63 ton schooner Postboy was built at Port Adelaide in 1874. The schooner was owned by Messrs. Weman and Morgan and registered at Port Adelaide. She was a regular trading vessel between Port Adelaide and the gulf ports.
Captain James Thomas was in charge of Postboy on 15 December 1876 about 11-12 miles (20 km) off Glenelg when a sudden squall struck. She was returning from Port MacDonnell, South Australia to Port Adelaide, South Australia, with a small cargo of bark and stone ballast and seven people on board. The wind pushed the vessel bodily over and she lay on her side with sails floating in the water, resulting in the loss of 6 lives. Thomas was drowned and his body was found on Kirkcaldy Beach on 26 December 1876. His wife Sarah was pregnant with daughter Edith Emily at the time.
Postboy was refitted but was eventually wrecked at Arno Bay, South Australia after being driven ashore by a squall on 22 October 1905, and was said to have been burnt on the beach. The ship’s wreck site is protected by the South Australian Historic Shipwrecks Act 1981 and is located at Coordinates: . The figurehead of Postboy is in the South Australian Maritime Museum at Port Adelaide.
- "Post Boy". Australian National Shipwreck Database. Retrieved 03/07/2012.
- 'Shipping Disasters; Wreck of the Schooner Postboy in St. Vincent's Gulf - Six Lives Lost,' South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA), Saturday 30 December 1876, page 5, 6
- 'Coroner's Inquests; The recent wreck in the Gulf - Finding of the body of the Captain,' The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Thursday 28 December 1876, page 6.
- 'Boisterous weather in the Gulf: Work at Outer Harbour suspended,' The Register (Adelaide, SA), Saturday 28 October 1905, page 7.
- 'The Marine Board', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Wednesday 20 December 1905, page 11.
The online collection of the State Library of South Australia includes the following image of the ship before its 1905 wrecking:
- 'Port Augusta harbour on 27 September 1884 with wooden schooner Postboy loading at the end of the jetty; 1884,' at http://images.slsa.sa.gov.au/edwardes/39/PRG1373_39_2_3.htm, retrieved 03/07/2012.