WRECKS AND REPUTATIONS – THE LOSS OF THE ‘SCHOMBERG’ AND ‘LOCH ARD’ 4th edition, 2016
This expanded edition of the most thoroughly researched account of the wrecks of two sailing ships on the Victorian (Australia) coast – the Schomberg in 1855 and the Loch Ard in 1878.
The Schomberg – the finest clipper Britain built – was lost, with all passengers and crew saved, by the famous ‘Bully’ Forbes on the ship’s maiden voyage. The author’s grandmother and great -grandmother were passengers on the Schomberg.
All but two of the souls aboard the Loch Ard were lost when the sailing ship struck cliffs. The book tells of the miraculous rescue of passenger Eva Carmichael by ship’s apprentice Tom Pearce, and the aftermath of this dramatic shipwreck.
Paperback, 158 pages, 12 pages of colour photograph, author’s note, appendices, index.
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Gallery: The Schomberg Rock and Reef where the Schomberg was wrecked in 1855. Muttonbird Island, where the Loch Ard struck and sank in 1878, and the surrounding coastline.