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21-January-2017
21-January-2017

Photographs supplied by Arthur Garland

A monument commemorates Midshipman William Dalzell Nicholson who died in the wreck of the ship "British Admiral" in 1874.

On the 23rd May 1874, before any evasive action could be taken, the British Admiral  had run onto the reef that now bears her name about two miles offshore between Currie Harbour and the Ettrick River.

She was immediately swept by heavy seas which washed many of those on deck overboard, as well as others who struggled up from below. Most of the boats were swept away and lost while being launched, with further loss of life, and others were drowned when the mizzen mast went over the side, followed shortly afterwards by the other masts. A boat near the stern was launched successfully, containing 10 occupants including the chief officer.

The boat was swept up the coast until it capsized off Currie Harbour. Six occupants, including the chief officer were drowned, but three male passengers and a crewman managed to struggle ashore. Meanwhile, another passenger and four crew, including the third officer, had managed to drift ashore on floating wreckage on a beach a little north of the wreck . A search for other survivors proved fruitless, leaving just nine survivors and a total loss of 79 lives

Location

Address:Situated at wreck site on British Admiral Beach, Currie, 7256
State:TAS
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -39.963662
Long: 143.869496
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Tragedy
Actual Event STart Date:23-May-1874
Actual Event End Date:23-May-1874

Dedication

Front Inscription

To the memory of William Dalzell Nicholson

Third son of the Hon. W. Nicholdosn.

Who along with 78 others perished in the wreck of the British Admiral 

23 May 1874

Aged 25 years

To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.

Source: MA
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