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18-December-2014
18-December-2014
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A plaque commemorates Patrick Piggott and George Brooks, who drowned rescuing Chinese people from a flood, and those who lost their lives in the wreck of the steamer Alert, which both happened in December 1893.

The Alert  was put to work moving cargo and passengers between Gippsland and Melbourne, a trip that saw it flirt regularly with the unforgiving strait between Victoria and Tasmania. It was this stretch that claimed the Alert on the night of December 28, 1893.

Returning from Bairnsdale, the crew encountered a heavy south-easterly that battered the ship, leaving it stricken off Cape Schanck. Fifteen people went down with the ship that night. Only one person, the ship's cook, Robert Ponting, survived, washed ashore near Sorrento Beach - some 15 kilometres away - after clinging to a cabin door for more than 16 hours.

Location

Address:22 Service Street, Library, Bairnsdale, 3875
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.825501
Long: 147.628737
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Maritime
Actual Event STart Date:28-December-1893
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Actual Event End Date:28-December-1893
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Dedication

Front Inscription

In Memoriam
PATRICK PIGGOTT
AGED 35 YEARS 
GEORGE BROOKS 
AGED 32 YEARS

Who were drowned while engaged in an heroic attempt to rescue Chinese from the flood in the Mitchell River at 
Springvale near Bairnsdale
30th Dec 1893

In Memoriam
CAPTAIN  MATHESON And Officers and Crew of the S.S. ALERT.
Who lost their lives by the floundering of that vessel of Cape Schanck on the 28th Dec 1893. 

 

Source: MA,VMR
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