The steamer Kanowna was laid down at Dumbarton in Scotland, and was launched in 1903. She was rigged as a three masted schooner, and had a steam engine, quite typical of its time. She entered service for the company 0Australian United Steam Navigation company as a liner between Freemantle and Sydney. She was requisitioned in June 1915 by the British Admiralty and and served as a troop transport and hospital ship in the Great War. She was returned to her owners in 1919. Under a voyage from Cairns to Melbourne she ran aground on an uncharted rock outside Wilson Promontory 8.February 1929. This rock is called Skull rock today. Orders to abandon ship was given, and she was abandoned. Later she drifted off the rock, and sank later in "deep waters" in Bass Strait. In April 2005 the wreck was found by divers from Southern Ocean Exploration, and she rest today on a depth of 74 to 80 meter.

Former names:

415,6 x 52,2 x 28,6 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
6953 grt
Dumbarton ( UK ) 1903
Adelaide ( AU )

Picture: Kanowna
Courtesy of State Library
South Australia 

Last updated: February 2020