Daily Event for July 13, 2011

Early in the morning of July 13, 1888 the three masted sailing ship Star of Greece went on the rocks just off shore near Port Willunga, South Australia. Within a few hours she broke in half and started to sink. The storm which she had been fighting and the inaction of the local authorities combined to take the lives of seventeen of the men who were on the ship. The ten survivors basically saved themselves by swimming to shore as the local lifesaving authorities failed to act quickly and also failed to have the appropriate lifesaving equipment available, equipment which could have prevented the deaths of some of those on board.
© 2011 Michael W. Pocock

Portrait of the Star of Greece.

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