Tramway Notes - trawled on the web - 1
Phil Rickard <chy_gwel_an_meneth@...>
From time-to-time, as happens when one gets side-tracked whilst
looking for something on the web, one finds something and thinks it
may be of interest to others.
The following shows just how versatile tramways and light railways can
be. Readers comments/further information are cordially invited.
" Sussex - A three-masted wooden ship, 1305 tons. Built at Glasgow,
1853. Lbd 230 x 32.2 x 22 ft. Captain Collard. Ran on to a reef one
and a half miles west of Barwon Heads, Victoria, 31 December 1871. A
light seen was mistaken for Cape Schank; the ship's course was changed
and the mistake discovered too late. She had left Plymouth on 9
October with forty-seven passengers and general cargo on her twenty-
eighth visit to Australia. Immediately the ship struck, blue lights
and rockets were fired and all passengers were warned to prepare to
abandon her. The seas drove her over the rocks on to sand before a
boat was launched but this capsized and six crew drowned. Nothing
could be done from the shore as the sea was sweeping over the ship.
The tug War Hawk arrived from Queenscliff and passengers and crew were
transfered. The ship's dog swam ashore. Other vessels to attend
included the paddle steamers Titan and Challange, tug Mystery, and the
Queenscliff lifeboat. The ship and cargo were sold at auction; a wire
rope from the foremast to the beach was used for hauling boats loaded
with cargo to and fro, the boats being towed into shallow water by a
team of twelve bullocks, and an iron tramway was laid down the
sandhill to haul the goods from the beach to drays which carried them
to the Customs. The wreckage lies often buried in sand, four
kilometres west of Barwon Heads."