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Colonial schooner Yatala
Title : Colonial schooner Yatala Colonial schooner Yatala
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Creator : Magraith, E.; artist
Source : PRG 280/1/38/50
Date of creation : 1849
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

Photographic reproduction of a marine painting of HMCS Yatala by E. Magraith which was presented to Arthur Searcy President of the South Australian Marine Board in 1904.

The South Australian government employed a number of small schooners and later steam vessels which were used for a variety of purposes including servicing the lighthouses scattered along the coast. Yatala was locally built at Port Adelaide and was used predominantly for necessary and ongoing survey work on the coast. The schooner and the crew were involved in the rescue of the crew of the steamer Osmanli which was wrecked in 1853 at D'Estrees Bay, Kangaroo Island. In 1864 Yatala was sent to the Northern Territory to survey the coast of South Australia's new territory. She was damaged when she ran aground and was later condemned.

Coverage year : 1849
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :
Parsons, Ronald, The Navy in South Australia Lobethal, S.A.: R.H. Parsons, 1974
Ingleton, Geoffrey C. Charting a continent: a brief memoir on the history of marine exploration and hydrographical surveying in Australian waters ... Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1944 Chapter 8 Colonial marine surveys
Terry, Martin Maritime paintings of early Australia 1788-1900 Carlton South, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1998
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