C1887

The Recent Colonial Disaster.-The Last of te "Keilwarra."

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Rare engraving of the ship Keilawarra which hit the  Helen Nicholl near North Solitary Island off Coffs Harbour, on December 8, 1886 and which left 40 people dead. Many of the passengers aboard SS Keilawarra were just bedding down for … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Recent Colonial Disaster.-The Last of te “Keilwarra.”

Date:

C1887

Artist:

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Engraving.

Image Size: 

225mm 
x 173mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Recent Colonial Disaster.-The Last of te "Keilwarra." - Antique Print from 1887

Genuine antique
dated:

1887

Description:

Rare engraving of the ship Keilawarra which hit the  Helen Nicholl near North Solitary Island off Coffs Harbour, on December 8, 1886 and which left 40 people dead.

Many of the passengers aboard SS Keilawarra were just bedding down for the night as it steamed north on its way from Sydney to Brisbane. The captain, Nathan Gough Buttrey, had been warned by his chief officer that there were signs of smoke up ahead, a sure indication that there was another ship somewhere near. Scanning the horizon the captain could see no lights but, worried that the smoke was masking another ship, he gave the order to send his vessel hard to port. Unfortunately this put the Keilawarra directly on a collision course with SS Helen Nicoll, a steamship on its way to Sydney. The captain only saw the lights of the other ship at the last moment and had no time to avoid the impact.

From the original edition of the Illustrated Sydney News.

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