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The Skeleton Closet

Shipwrecks on the coast of mainland S.A.

These are some of the ships which have been lost on the coastline of mainland South Australia. Wrecks on Kangaroo Island are on another page.

Adelaide, 61 ton schooner, capsized off the Coorong on 24 August 1874

Adelaide, 78 ton schooner, broke her mast at Port MacDonnell on 17 April 1861

Admella, 392 ton iron steamer struck Carpenters Rocks on 6 August 1859

Aeolus, 1610 ton iron ship Struck Agnes Reef at Carpenters Rocks on 1 September 1894

Agenoa, 53 ton wooden schooner ran ashore at Port Willunga on 14 January 1863

Agnes, 330 ton wooden barque ran ashore near Cape Banks on 18 July 1876

Agnes, 82 ton schooner was wrecked on Cape Jaffa Reef on 13 March 1865

Agneta, a cutter disappeared off Sultana Creek on 9 July 1867

Albatross, 13 ton wooden cutter ran aground near the Onkaparinga mouth on 10 August 1848

Alexandra, 225 ton wooden brig became stranded near Port Pirie on 8 August 1880

Alice, a private yacht was wrecked at Brighton on 20 January

Alma, 516 ton barque broke her mast in Guichen Bay on 15 December 1861

Alpha, 35 ton wooden schooner was wrecked in Encounter Bay on 25 July 1847

Alpheta, 864 ton barque disappeared en route to America in September 1885

Alternative, 15 ton cutter parted her mast and ran ashore at Memory Cove on 24 September 1884

Amelia, 25 ton wooden schooner sunk in Avoid Bay after a collision on 8 February 1883

Annie Watt, cutter caught fire at Port Germain on 4 April 1886

Antares, struck Marion Reef in 1886

Arachne, 319 ton wooden barque broke her mast in Trial Bay near Streaky Bay in June 1848

Ariel, 17 ton cutter broke her mast at Wedge Island on 14 May 1898

Ark, 44 ton ketch became stranded on Dangerous Reef on 9 November 1881

Ashmore, wrecked in 1888 on Marion Reef

Athens, cutter disappeared near Port Lincoln on September 1887

Athol, a 215 ton schooner broke her mast at Port Elliot on 13 March 1864

Bandicoot, a 55 ton schooner broke her mast at Port MacDonnell on 18 April 1861

Banshee, a 3 ton yacht lost at Wallaroo on 16 December 1895

Ben Morowie a wooden cutter sunk at Wallaroo in 1870

Black Diamond, 159 ton steamer became stranded on Walrus Rock at Moonta on 25 May 1872

Blanche, 34 ton cutter broke her mast at Wallaroo on 25 July 1865

Camilla, 262 ton wooden brig ran ashore in Streaky Bay on27 April 1844

Candida, 1279 ton iron ship ran ashore on Wardang Island on 20 February 1898

Capella, a wooden yacht dragged her anchor during a storm at Wallaroo on 4 July 1896

Charles Carter, 75 ton wooden brig ran ashore on Trowbridge Shoal on 23 February 1854

Chimboraga, a steamer struck Marion Reef in 1881

Chittoor, a schooner struck Marion Reef in 1884

Commodore, 61 ton wooden schooner broke her mast at Port Elliot on 1 February 1856

Countess, 83 ton schooner wrecked near Port MacDonnell on 16 August 1876

Cowry, 27 ton wooden steamer lost near Normanville on 6 June 1889

Cygnet, 74 ton wooden schooner lost near Rivoly Bay in 1876

Dart, 108 ton wooden brig lost on Troubridge Shoal on 29 March 1838

David Witton, 271 ton wooden brig ran ashore at mouth Onkaparinga River near Noarlunga on 17 March 1839

Deslander, lost on Troubridge Shoal in 1850

Diulius, a schooner - place and date of loss unknown this could be Duilius

Dolphin, a cutter lost in Boston Bay in August in 1872

Duilius, 327 ton wooden barque ran ashore at Guichen Bay on 15 April 1853

Edith, 35 ton wooden cutter wrecked on Spilsby Island on 3 August 1897

Edith Haviland, 264 ton brig struck Carpenters Rocks on 18 June 1877

Electric, mail lighter swamped in high seas off Glenelg on 22 September 1870

Elizabeth, cutter lost off Whiting Point in September 1871

Elizabeth Rebecca, 9 ton wooden brig ran ashore in Trial Bay 18 March 1845

Emma, wooden schooner wreckage from her found in Aldinga Bay in August 1839

Emu, 30 ton wooden schooner broke her mast at Port Elliot on 1 May 1853

Emu, 36 ton schooner disappeared off Guichen Bay in December 1861

Endeavour, 17 ton cutter capsized at Port Adelaide on 10 March 1881

Enterprise, 58 ton iron ketch sank off Althorpe Islands on 6 March 1892

Euro, 336 ton iron steamer struck rocks near Beachport on 24 August 1881

Excelsior, 399 ton wooden barque ran ashore at Salt Creek on 9 May 1898

Experiment, 55 ton wooden schooner foundered off Althorpe Island on 9 May 1881

Fanny, 23 ton wooden schooner ran ashore near Cape Jaffa at the Coorong on 22 June 1838

Fanny Wright, 107 ton wooden schooner lost at Waterloo Bay on 7 August 1877

Fire Fly, 51 ton cutter broke her mast at Anxious Bay on 22 October 1866

Flinders, 103 ton wooden schooner sank at MacDonnell Bay on 28 June 1873

Flying Cloud, 235 ton brig ran ashore off Cape Banks on 4 April 1870

Flying Dutchman, 89 ton brig ran ashore at Outer Harbor on 28 July 1851

Flying Fish, 111 ton wooden brig broke her mast at Port Elliot on 3 December 1860

Four Brothers, 43 ton wooden barge foundered at Port Wakefield on 26 March 1879

Frances, 7 ton wooden cutter wrecked on Neptune Island on 29 August 1840

Freak, wooden brig ran ashore at Cape Jervis on 27 March 1864

Freebridge, 92 ton 2 masted wooden schooner lost at Waterloo Bay on 11 June 1877

Galatea, 178 ton brig ran ashore at Port MacDonnell on 31 March 1876

Garonne, aground at Troubridge Shoal in 1879

Gazelle, 17 ton wooden cutter ran ashore at the Coorong on 11 September 1848

Geltwood, 1056ton iron barque driven ran ashore in high winds South of Rivoly Bay on 6 June 1876

Glenrosa, 869 ton iron barque ran ashore near Cape Banks on 18 January 1890

Goulburn iron barge foundered off Cape Jervis in 1856

Governor Gawler 15 ton wooden ketch struck rock off Reevesby Island on 1 August 1847

Grecian, 518 ton wooden barque wrecked at Outer Harbor on 13 October 1850

Grenada, 156 ton schooner ran ashore at Port Willunga on 21 June 1856

Guldax, 556 ton barque parted her mast at Normanville on 2 September 1887

Gwydir, 161 ton barge foundered in Spencer Gulf on 17 June 1901

Halcyon, 192 wooden brig ran ashore at the Coorong on 14 November 1857

Hannah Marie, barque ran aground off Cape Jaffa on 9 September 1853

Harrieton, fishing boat disappeared in a storm on May 1887

Harry, 199 ton wooden brig ran ashore at Port Elliot on 9 December 1856

Hazel Branch, steamer lost between Cape Jaffa and Rivoly Bay on 7 September 1893

Helen, 18 ton steam yacht lost on Carpenters Rocks on 12 February 1882

Henry and Mary, 16 ton cutter ran ashore at Port Willunga on 26 May 1861

Hero, lost at Glenelg on 20 January 1884

HMS Investigator's, wooden cutter lost near Port Lincoln on 21 February 1802

Holton Hill, 2441 ton barque lost at unknown place on 13 November 1889

Hopper barge No 3 sunk off the coast on 21 October 1880

Ida, wooden brig broke her mast and ran ashore at Port Willunga on 15 January 1857

Inchmanock, lost in Foul Bay in 1880

Industry, 6 ton cutter ran ashore at Yankalilla on 18 August 1854

Iron Age, 361 ton iron barque ran ashore at Cape Banks on 15 February 1855

Iron King, 867 ton iron ship wrecked on Troubridge Island on 11 December 1873

Isabella, wooden whaler ran ashore south of Rivoly Bay in November 1843

Ismyr, 610 ton iron barque disappeared after leaving Port Pirie on 24 February 1879

James and Margaret, cutter burnt at Telowie Beach on 6 December 1878

Jane and Emma, 35 ton wooden cutter (see Lapwing) wrecked at Encounter Bay on 26 May 1852

Jane Flaxman, 15 ton wooden schooner lost off Semaphore on 2 May 1850

Jane Lovetton, schooner ran ashore at Cape Northumberland on 19 September 1852

John Leslie Griffiths, 192 ton wooden brig disappeared without trace on September 1880

John Omerod, 187 ton brig swamped in high seas off Cape Northumberland on 22 October 1861

Joseph Lee Archer, 35 ton cutter broke her mast in Guichen Bay on 9 June 1855

Josephine L'Oizeau, wooden 94 ton wooden brig broke her mast at Port Elliot on 10 July 1856

Kadina, 661 ton barque destroyed by storm winds at Wallaroo on 11 May 1875

Kangaroo, 58 ton wooden schooner wrecked north of Cape Elizabeth on 10 February 1873

Kate, 15 ton cutter broke her mast Thistle Island in Spencer Gulf in June 1843

Kebroyd, 353 ton wooden barque hulked at Adelaide after leaking on 13 February 1887

Kingston, 24 ton wooden steamer broke her mast at Port Caroline on 14 September 1895

Koenig Willem II, iron 800 ton barque ran ashore at Long Beach on Guichen Bay near Robe on 30 June 1857

Lady Denison, 200 ton wooden brig lost at sea in April 1850

Lady Fergusson, 67 ton cutter sank at Aldinga on 16 April 1870

Lady Kinnaird, 680ton iron barque ran ashore at Cape Burr on 19 January 1880

Lady of the Lake, 18 ton barge or lighter dragged her mast at Victor Harbor on 3 October 1877

Lady Wellington, 142 ton wooden brig condemned as unsafe at Port Adelaide on 31 August 1838

Lapwing, 62 ton wooden cutter (see Jane and Emma) ran ashore at Port Elliot on 5 September 1856

Little Orient, 23 ton wooden steamer exploded at Port Adelaide on 20 November 1883

Livingstone, 531 ton barque broke her mast in Guichen Bay on 16 December 1861

Lotus, 91 ton ketch wrecked at Port MacDonnell on 23 June 1892

Louise, 29 ton schooner ran ashore at Point Rickaby in November 1878

Lucretia, 67 ton wooden schooner wrecked on Buffalo Reef near Spilsby Island on 8 July 1899

Maid of Australia, 45 ton wooden ketch ran ashore on Wardang Island on 8 July 1899

Maid of the Mill, 11 ton cutter ran ashore near the mouth of the Onkaparinga River at Port Noarlunga on 27 February 1856

Maid of the Valley, 128 ton brig ran ashore at Port Willunga on 13 November 1857

unnamed mail lighter, capsized off Adelaide outward bound in 1860

Malvina Maud, 51 ton wooden schooner burnt and exploded at Point Jarrold on 20 February 1876

Manhou, a 900 ton wooden ship Condemned after she ran ashore at Port Willunga on 21 August 1857

Margaret Brock, 245 ton barque struck a reef off Guichen Bay on 23 November 1852

Maria, 10 ton cutter disappeared near Port Adelaide on 16 June 1879

Maria, 136 ton wooden brig ran ashore on Margaret Brook reef in June 1840

Marie, 400 ton wooden barque disappeared SSE of Port MacDonnell 19 September 1851 or September1852

Mariner, 46 ton schooner ran ashore at the Coorong on 7 November 1845

Marion, 197 ton steamer 11 July 1862 ran ashore near Cape Spencer

Marion, 919 ton wooden ship struck Trowbridge Shoal on 29 July 1851

Mary, 17 ton cutter wrecked off Port Willunga on 11 February 1859

Mary Ann, a 20 ton wooden schooner laid up at Port Adelaide in September 1842

Mary Ann, a 32 ton cutter wrecked in Coffin Bay in March 1843

Mary Ann, cutter sank off Black Point in December 1885

Mary Grant, brig fouled her mast at Yankalilla on 23 September 1865

Miami, 229 ton wooden barque broke her mast at Port MacDonnell on 24 May 1861

Minnie, yacht lost off Glenelg on 22 April 1886

Miss Kilmansegg, 229 ton wooden brig ran ashore at Semaphore on 29 September 1882

Mozambique, 402 ton wooden barque ran ashore at the Coorong in 1854

Mystery, 17 ton wooden cutter lost at Port Walcott in 1871

Nashwauk, 765 ton ran ashore near the mouth of the Onkaparinga River at Port Noarlunga on 12 May 1855

Nene Valley, 333 ton wooden barque wrecked at Cape Northumberland on 19 October 1854

Nimrod, 12 ton cutter foundered NW of the Adelaide Light on 27 July 1875

Nora Criena, 172 ton brig struck a shoal in Guichen Bay on 1 January 1859

OG, 20 ton wooden cutter ran ashore at Pooles Flat near Second Valley on May 1854

Omeo, 40 ton schooner Disappeared off Corny Point on Yorke Peninsula on July 1866

Panama, wrecked on Troubridge Shoal in 1850

Parana, 36 ton ketch ran ashore at Point Lowly on 10 July 1882

Parsee, 349 ton wooden barque aground on Troubridge Shoal on 17 November 1838

Phaeton, 1032 ton wooden ship aground in Guichen Bay near Robe on 1 February 1857

Pioneer, 6 ton cutter ran ashore at Marion Bay on 24 July 1887

Pioneer, fishing boat ran ashore at Marion Bay on 24 July 1886 (probably the same as the previous item)

Polly, ton cutter ran ashore at Rapid Head on 5 November 1894

Post Boy, 59 ton schooner swamped in high seas off Glenelg on 12 December 1876

Prima Donna, 50 ton ketch disappeared off the Coorong in August 1880

Prince, abandoned in 1855

Prince of Wales, 238 ton 2 mast iron brig ran ashore at MacDonnell Bay on 20 June 1873

Psyche, lost at an unknown place in 1865

Rambler, 24 ton schooner lost off Wool Bay on 17 January 1877

Ranger, 8 ton wooden sloop wrecked in Encounter Bay near Victor Harbor in 1843

Red Rover, cutter Disappeared near Port Lincoln in September 1887

Resource, 13 ton wooden cutter wrecked at Rivoly Bay in June 1851

Rivals, lost at Cape Jaffa in 1840

Rose, 40 ton schooner disappeared off Adelaide in April 1858

Rose, 43 ton wooden ketch capsized at Normanville on 10 December 1875

Roseanne, 28 ton wooden cutter Crushed by the Selma at Port Adelaide in 1851

Ruby, 21 ton ketch disappeared off the Coorong in July 1890

Salve, brig beached at Port Augusta on 25 October 1878

San Miquel, 535 ton iron barque wrecked on Tipara Reef on 7 May 1865 (I believe her right name is San Miguel)

Sanspariel, schooner ran aground at Cape Jervis on 30 January 1855

Sarah, barque lost at Point Lowley on 21 December 1876

Saturn, 484 ton barque caught fire at Port Pirie on 7 January 1888

Schnieder, wooden barge ran ashore at Port Elliot in 1856

Secret, 19 ton wooden cutter lost off Point Bollingbroke on 20 July 1873

Sir Charles MacCarthy, 188 ton brig grounded in Holdfast Bay and condemned on 17 October 1837

Solway, 337 ton ran ashore at the western end of Encounter Bay December in 1837

Sophia Jane, 13 ton wooden cutter wrecked off the Coorong in September 1844

South Australian, 236 ton ran ashore at the western end of Encounter Bay on 8 December 1837

Southern Cross, 435 ton barque struck a reef off Cape Douglas on 7 January 1880

St Marc, 269 ton barque broke her mast at Port MacDonnell on 28 September 1876

St Vincent, 12 ton cutter broke her moorings in Encounter Bay in September 1843

Star of Greece, 1257 ton iron ship ran ashore at Willunga in 13 June 1888

Stranger, 17 ton wooden cutter broke her mast and struck rocks off Wedge Island on 14 June 1898

Sultana, 349 ton wooden ship struck Trowbridge Shoal on 28 September 1849

Sultana, 588 ton wooden ship ran ashore at Cape Dombey in Guichen Bay on 27 April 1857

Susannah, 514 ton 3 masted wooden barque wrecked at Robe on 27 April 1857

Tam-O-Shanter, 15 ton cutter hit the beacon stump at Port Adelaide on 7 May 1880

Tenterden, 1339 ton iron steamer wrecked on Breaksea Reef near Cape Northumberland on 23 December 1893

The Triumph, 46 ton schooner disappeared off the Coorong in October 1874

Thistle, 29 ton wooden schooner lost near Cape Jervis on 3 March 1886

Thompsons, 37 ton wooden cutter wrecked in Guichen Bay on 10 September 1849

Three Sisters, 15 ton ketch smashed against the jetty at Lipson Cove in a wild storm on 10 March 1899

Tigress, 218 ton brig ran ashore at the mouth of the Onkaparinga River near Noarlunga on 26 September 1848

Tipara, steam launch foundered off Wardang Island on 2 September 1877

Trader, 151 ton wooden schooner ran ashore at Port Willunga on 6 September 1866

Treasure Trove, cutter lost at Kingston SE on 21 May 1884

Trial, 10 ton wooden cutter swamped near Adelaide Lightship in heavy seas on 2 May 1854

Troas, 663 ton wooden barque wrecked off Beachport on 14 May 1865

Unknown, ran ashore near the mouth of the Onkaparinga River at Noarlunga in August 1840

Unknown, medium sized craft possibly an American whaler - wreckage found at the Head of the Bight pre 1836

Unknown vessel, 40 ton sunk near Carpenters Rocks on 23 October 1876

Unknown vessel, 50 ton sunk north of Cape Jaffa in 1882

Unnamed, wooden fishing boat capsized off Holdfast Bay in September 1839

Vabguish, 128 ton brig ran ashore at Cape Jervis on 4 December 1864

Vale, 65 ton wooden schooner abandoned near Wedge Island in February 1900

Varoon 598 ton ship wrecked off Cape Northumberland in January 1856

Venture cutter lost off Snapper Point on 14 September 1858

Verone, barque lost somewhere west of Cape Banks in December 1858

Victoria, 28 ton wooden schooner overturned at Cape Jaffa on 9 June 1846

Vulcan, 35 ton schooner ran ashore at Flinders Island on 22 April 1845

Waitemata, 59 ton wooden schooner began to leak and was grounded on St Francis Island on 20 May 1859

Wallaroo, 532 ton barque destroyed in a freak gale at Wallaroo on 11 May 1875

Walrus, 88 ton schooner foundered off Port MacDonnell on 21 February 1862

Walter & John, 15 ton cutter lost off Point Bollingbroke on 21 February 1871

Washington, lost on Troubridge Shoal in 1852

Water Witch, 25 ton wooden cutter Sunk at Moorundie on 5 December 1842

Wave Queen, 250 ton barque parted her mast in Rivoly Bay on 19 August 1874

Welling, 10 ton cutter abandoned when sinking off the Althorpe Islands on 19 July 1892

Wildflower, 10 ton cutter lost near Whiting Point on 11 November 1877

William, 20 ton wooden cutter ran ashore at Yankalilla Bay in September 1838

William Henry, 6 ton wooden cutter lost at Boston Island in June 1844

William Phillips, 79 ton disappeared en route to Western Australia on 25 February 1884

Withers, a brig no place or date known

Witness, 121 ton schooner wrecked at Cape Northumberland on 24 May 1853

Yare, lost on Troubridge Shoal in 1845

Young Australian, an iron steamer - no place or date known

Young EB, 23 ton ketch wrecked at Marino Rocks on 30 June 1888

Young Edith, 13 ton cutter broke her mast and ran ashore at Wallaroo on 21 October 1880

Young Hebe, 39 ton wooden schooner lost at Hummock Harbor, Adelaide in March 1849

Young Lion, 30 ton ketch wrecked at Cape Elizabeth on 18 October 1882

Young St George, 15 ton cutter ran ashore on Althorpe Island on 3 January 1878

Young Survivor, 23 ton wooden ketch foundered in St Vincents Gulf on 1 November 1899

Zanoni, 38 ton wood and iron barque capsized off Ardrossan on 11 February 1867