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Loch Sloy
Title : Loch Sloy Loch Sloy
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Source : The 'Loch Sloy' docked in an unidentified port
Date of creation : ca. 1887
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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The iron barque (ex ship) 'Loch Sloy', 1280 tons, docked in an unidentified port

On 24 April 1899 the 1280 tons iron barque Loch Sloy built in 1877, was wrecked in Maupertius Bay on Kangaroo Island. En route for Adelaide the captain missed sighting the Cape Borda light and his ship crashed into the Brothers Rocks. The ship became a total wreck almost immediately as the heavy surf of the Southern Ocean smashed her against the rocks. Passengers and crew climbed into the rigging in the hope of finding safety there, but the mainmast broke and carried people and rigging with it into the sea. Only four men made it safely to the shore, some 800 yards (732 metres), to scale steep cliffs before they could even begin to get help. 

Crew member McMillan left to find assistance, but after three days he had not returned, and the remaining three men decided to try and reach Cape Borda lighthouse.  McMillan returned and finding the others gone, again set out for help, this time finding the May family at the Rocky River homestead, one of whom rode to the lighthouse where a search was organised.  Only three of the four men who reached the shore survived; all others aboard Loch Sloy perished. Some bodies were recovered by search parties.

Coverage year : 1887
Further reading :

Chapman, Gifford D. KangarooIsland shipwrecks: an account of the ships and cutters wrecked around Kangaroo Island Kingscote, S. Aust.: Gifford Chapman, 2007

KangarooIsland maritime heritage trail [Adelaide]: Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, State Heritage Branch, 1996

Loney, J. K. Wrecks on the South Australian coast: including Kangaroo Island Yarram, Vic : Lonestone Press, 1993

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