Heritage VIC




Ninety Mile Beach, east of Seaspray

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Physical Description  
Construction Material Iron
Rig Barque
Hull Details Iron hulled, single decked, 3 masted, carvel hulled, elliptical stern, iron framed with 2 cemented bulkheads and a man's figurehead. One of the vessel's iron water tanks was removed by a local farmer in the early 1900s and is now at Golden Beach.
Propulsion Sail
Number of Masts 3
Length / Breadth / Depth 138.1 Feet / 23.7 Feet / 14.4 Feet
Built Date 1858
Built Port / Country Bristol / England
Registration Number 1873 (May)
Registration Port / Country Melbourne / Australia
Former Details of Registration Leith Port Natal 1873,
The barque Trinculo was proceeding to Newcastle for coal after delivering a cargo to King George Sound. After encountering a south easterly gale in Bass Strait, it was driven ashore on the Ninety Mile Beach. A crewman managed to get a line from the wreck to the shore allowing the Captain, his wife and child and the remaining crew to reach safety. Seaman Lefevre recieved a silver medal from the Humane Society for his actions. The vessel was insured by Derwent & Tamar Insurance Company of Tasmania for 2000 pounds. The vessel was sold to the underwriters for 100 pounds.The Trinculo had previously been stranded on the African coast in 1871 and was repaired in 1872.
Voyage Details  
Date Lost 30/05/1879
Voyage from King George Sound (Albany) to Newcastle
In ballast
Owner Bowring (1860), Mcgregor (1865) James Patterson (1873)
Master of Vessel Captain Williams
Further Details  
Number of Passengers 0
Number of Crew Members 0