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Appeal for a new boat
Title : Appeal for a new boat Appeal for a new boat
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Source : Observer, 18 November 1905, p. 50, col. a,b
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Robert Kyffin Thomas
Date of creation : 1905
Format : Newspaper
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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The appeal for a new boat for the South Australian lifeboat service encapsulates the history of the service in the state, giving some details of the various boats that had seen service on the coast, of dramatic rescues, and of inadequate funding. Captain C J Clare had drawn attention to the need for a new boat. Clare was the naval commandant for South Australia and previously captain of the South Australian naval vessel HMCS Protector. In this role he had been responsible for the training and regular inspection of the lifeboat crews and the boats. His opinion was respected both by the government and the community.

The article lists the shipwrecks that occurred on the most southerly section of the South Australian coast, and points out that the volume of shipping was increasing, but that since 1890 there had been no loss of life in shipping accidents. Several rescues are detailed. The government was contributing 1200 pounds a year to the lifeboat service which was manned by volunteers. That sum was totally inadequate to provide new or additional boats which were badly required. No new boats had been acquired since the City of Adelaide was donated in 1896 by Robert Barr Smith.

In response in part to the appeal of this article a new lifeboat Undaunted entered the service in 1908 and was placed at Port MacDonnell.

Related names :

Clare, Chapman James, 1853-1940

Coverage year : 1905
Further reading :
Sexton, Rae Before the wind: tracing the impact on a small community and shipping company by the shipwreck in 1888 of the 'Star of Greece' Magill, S. Aust.: Australasian Maritime Historical Society, 1982
Parsons, Ronald, Southern passages: a maritime history of South Australia Netley, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1986
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