Cruising Division 'The Dunbar'
'The Wreck of the Dunbar - and a North Shore Connection'
In 1857 the confident young colony at Sydney was stunned by a maritime disaster near the Heads. On 20 August the Dunbar, a Blackwall frigate of 1,980 tons, arrived off Port Jackson in a rising south-easterly gale and poor visibility. The Macquarie Light near South Head was sighted between squalls and Captain Green, having posted extra lookouts, sailed for the Harbour entrance. Shortly after midnight breakers were sighted and Green swung to starboard, inadvertently taking his ship closer to the cliffs. Now on a lee shore, the vessel was carried against rocks and within minutes began to break up, all 63 passengers and all but one of the 59 crew perishing.
Fifty years later there was an echo of the event, when a North Shore man laid claim to relics recovered from the waters below the signal station at South Head.
About our speaker
Now semi-retired, John Lanser practised both as an economist and a lawyer, served with the RAAF Specialist Reserve and was Chairman of the NSWAFL Disciplinary Tribunal. A member of the Royal Australian Historical Society, the Australian National Maritime Museum and Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club he is also a past president of the Australasian Pioneers’ Club, which owns a large table made of oak salvaged from the Dunbar wreck.
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up. Why not stay for dinner afterwards and continue the discussion with other cruising enthusiasts.
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