Advance (1884)

The Advance was an iron screw steamer tug built in 1884 that was wrecked when she collided with Inverna off Catherine Hill Bay, New South Wales, Australia, on 25 December 1908.

Name: Advance
Owner: Messrs Fenwick Brothers, Sydney
Port of registry: Sydney
Ship registration number: 19/1902
Ship official number: 88922
Builder: Unknown Williamstown, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
Completed: 1884
Status: Wrecked 25 December 1908
General characteristics
Type: Iron screw steamer
Tonnage: 181 GT
Displacement: 12 NT
Length: 36.57  m
Beam: 6.400  m
Draught: 3.962  m
Installed power: Compound
Ship primary use: Services
Ship industry:
Ship passenger capacity: 0
Crew: 8

Ship service history

The Advance was involved in a collision with the Tuncurry in the early morning of 30 September 1906. The Tuncurry, under the command of Captain O'Bierne, was making a routine voyage from Pyrmont to Cape Hawke, carrying several passengers and general cargo. About five miles north of North Head (one of the Sydney Heads), it was suddenly rammed by the Advance, which was travelling from Newcastle and hadn't seen the other ship. The Tuncurry took the brunt of the damage, although Captain O'Bierne quickly decided that the ship was in no danger of sinking. He signalled to the tug that no assistance was needed, and immediately headed back to Sydney. The Advance returned to Newcastle, damaged at the bows.[1]

It was later found at the Marine Court that at the time of the collision the Advance had been the under charge of a deck hand, McIvor. The court did not find that there had "been any negligence on the part of the master of the tug in not coming on deck sooner, but thought he should have acted more wisely".[2]


Advance, commanded by Alick Mckenzie, collided due to foggy weather in the harbor at Newcastle, New South Wales, with Inverna off Catherine Hill Bay, during the early morning hours of 25 December 1908 and sank.

See also

  • List of shipwrecks


  1. "Tug and Steamer in Collision". The Adelaide. 1 October 1906. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  2. "A Maritime Mishap". The Adelaide. 13 October 1906. Retrieved 14 October 2009.

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