Fanny Nicholson

Fanny Nicholson was a barque that sunk in 1872 in Frenchman's Bay[2] in King George Sound near Albany in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

 United Kingdom
Name: Fanny Nicholson
Owner: William H. Andrews
Launched: 18
Fate: Sank 1872
General characteristics
Class and type: Barque
Tons burthen: 285 tonnes
Length: 35.66 metres (117 ft)
Beam: 7.77 metres (25 ft)
Draft: 4.48 metres (15 ft)
Notes: [1]

The barque was built in Hartlepool in County Durham. She was fitted with one deck, a poop deck, an elliptical stern, and a figurehead in the shape of a woman. She was copper fastened, and sheathed with felt and yellow coloured metal. The ship required repairs in 1856 and 1861 for damage incurred while in operation. During its early years of service it was sailed from Liverpool to destinations in South America[1] and was sailed to Australia arriving in 1859.[3]

It was operating as a whaler out of Hobart in 1871 and was owned by Captain John McArthur of Hobart and William Andrews.

The ship struck a whale on 21 November 1872 while en route from Hobart to Albany. After tying the whale to the side of the vessel it proceeded to Frenchman's Bay where it anchored to process the whale. The following night a gale rose from the south east and it broke two anchor cables and foundered close to shore[1] at Goode Beach.[4]

A total of 70 tons of sperm oil, the rigging, and whaling equipment were recovered from the wreck. One can sometimes see the remains of the vessel in shallow water after heavy storms.[4]

See also


  1. "Fanny Nicholson (1872/11/22) Frenchman's Bay, King George Sound". Shipwreck Databases. Western Australian Museum. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  2. "Government Gazette Western Australia". Government of Western Australia. 22 August 2008. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  3. "Shipping News". The South Australian Advertiser. I, (161). South Australia. 14 January 1859. p. 2. Retrieved 14 February 2018 โ€“ via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. "Shipwrecks of the Southern Coast" (PDF). Western Australian Museum. Retrieved 14 February 2018.

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