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The plaque commemorates the Finnish barque "Fides" which was wrecked off Snug Cove in May 1860.

The Fides was a 387 ton three-masted, wooden sailing barque built in Kristinestad in 1857. In January 1860, it set sail from England loaded with a range of household and farming equipment - including beer, spirits, clothing, gunpowder, candles, taps, pickles and paint - which were the comforts and necessities of the white settlers of southern Australia. On the dark and stormy night of May 21, 1860 the Fides come within a few kilometres of Kangaroo Island. Early next morning the vessel smashed onto the rocks near Snug Cove, its captain and nine crew drowning as it became a total wreck. Five surviving crew managed to scramble ashore, salvaging pickled herrings and a sheep from the scattered cargo for sustenance. They struggled through dense scrub for three days to reach the Cape Borda lighthouse. Cape Borda is the site of a small tribute to the Fides' crew, one of whom was buried nearby. 



Address:Cape Borda Road, Cape Borda Lighthouse, Kangaroo Island, Cape Borda , 5223
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.752881
Long: 136.593405
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:22-May-1860
Actual Event End Date:22-May-1860


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1998
Front Inscription

The Finnish Barque
Wrecked Off Snug Cove
On 22nd May 1860 When
The Following Members Of
Her Crew Lost Their Lives

[ Names ]
       R. I. P.

Board of Kristinestad
Finland, 1998

Source: MA
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