New South Wales

The steamer Duckenfield was built as a combined sail and steamship by J & W Dudgeon in England. She was launched in 1875 and sailed for the Australian company J & A Brown. She arrived Australia the year after and was extensively used as a coastal freighter. Under a journey from Newcastle to Sydney loaded with coke, she hit ground at Long Reef outside Sydney 24. May 1889. She was firmly grounded until a high wave made her capsize and disappeared in the deep. She was partly salvaged on site to retrieve the copper, but the wreck was soon abandoned and forgotten. The wreck was found by sport divers in 1987. The battered remains of her rest today on a depth of 24 meter about 1,5 nautical mile north of Long Reef outside Narrabeen.

Former names:

161,2 x 24,0 x 12,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
368 grt
London ( UK ) 1875
Newcastle ( AU )

GPS (AUS66 ): 33° 43' 11.3"S 151° 19' 22.6"E
( Source: Michael McFadyen )

Last updated: April 2016