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The headstone over the grave commemorates David Kilpatrick, who was a victim of the wreck of the ship `Loch Sloy`.  He was one of the few who made it to shore from the `Loch Sloy` after it was wrecked on a nearby reef in April 1899, and it is a reminder of the hazards of shipping in South Australian water. The headstone has been replaced by a plaque. 

On April 24, 1899, `Loch Sloy` sunk and only four men made it to shore with Kilpatrick dying soon afterwards.  Seventeen days after the Loch Sloy sunk, John Simpson and William Mitchell were found about seven miles south of the Cape Borda Lighthouse. Mitchell was in a very bad way. He was found with a penguin carcass draped around his neck and he was taking bites of flesh as he went along. They and another man named McMillan, finally made it to safety while another thirty-one passengers and crew drowned on the Loch Sloy.


Address:Maupertuis Bay, Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island, 5223
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.008333
Long: 136.691667
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:24-April-1899
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Actual Event End Date:24-April-1899
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Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 18th May, 1899
Front Inscription
David Kilpatrick 
aged 25 years

Loch Sloy
18. 5. 1899
Source: MA
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