Itata (1883)

Itata was a three-masted iron barque built by R & J Evans, Liverpool in 1883. She was severely damaged by a fire in her hold at Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, in 1906.[1] Her hulk was towed to Sydney and was scuttled in Saltpan Creek, Middle Harbour.

The wreck of Itata.
United Kingdom
Name: Itata
Owner: Newark Shipping Company
Port of registry: Liverpool
Builder: R. & J. Evans, Liverpool
Launched: 1883
Identification: Official Number: 87910
Fate: Scuttled in Middle Harbour.
General characteristics
Length: 202.1 ft (61.6 m)
Beam: 33 ft 6 in (10.21 m)
Depth: 9.9 ft (3.0 m)
Sail plan: Full rigged ship


While awaiting loading of one hold with coal alongside a wharf, she was severely damaged by fire at Newcastle, 12 January 1906 after another hold with a nitrate cargo caught fire. The resultant fire and explosions bowed and twisted her iron hull. Her hulk was towed to Sydney for use as a hulk, however was too badly damaged and was scuttled in Saltpan Creek, Middle Harbour.


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