SS Bonnie Dundee (1877)

SS Bonnie Dundee was a 193/121-gross-ton Australian steamship which sank after a collision with the steamship SS Barrabool off Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia, on 10 March 1879.

Name: Bonnie Dundee
Owner: George & Bruce Nicoll
Port of registry: Sydney
Builder: Gourlay Brothers and Company, Dundee
Launched: 2 March 1877[1]
Fate: Sunk as a result of collision on 10 March 1879, with the loss of 5 lives
General characteristics
Displacement: 193/121 gross tons
Length: 130.3 feet (39.7 m)
Beam: 19 feet (6 m)
Draft: 9.9 feet (3.0 m)
Propulsion: 40 hp twin cylinder compound steam engine with single coal burning boiler


Bonnie Dundee was built by Gourlay Brothers and Company, Dundee, Scotland, for George and Bruce Nicoll, Sydney, Australia, and was launched on 2 March 1877. Intended for trade from the Richmond River in New South Wales, Australia,[2] she departed Dundee on 28 March 1877, traveling via the Suez Canal and stopping at Ceylon before and arriving in Cooktown, Australia, on Wednesday, 27 June 1877. She put into the Clarence River in New South Wales in mid-July 1877 and arrived in Sydney, New South Wales, on 18 July 1877.

While under charter, captained by John Alexander Stuart, Bonnie Dundee was cut in two in a collision with SS Barrabool, captained by John Readman Clark, which ran into her at about 8:00 p.m. on Monday, 10 March 1879. Bonnie Dundee sank within a few minutes. Five of her passengers did not survive the sinking. Barrabool suffered a gash in her port bow above the waterline.[3]

Bonnie Dundee′s wreck is located in 35 metres (115 ft) of water about 5 kilometres (3 mi) off Caves Beach, New South Wales, southeast of Moon Island, at approximately 33°06.327′S 151°42.258′E.


  1. "Launch". Dundee Courier. Dundee. 3 March 1877. Retrieved 21 November 2015 via British Newspaper Archive.
  2. "The Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 27 April 1877, p.4". Retrieved 21 January 2011.
  3. "The South Australian Advertiser, Wednesday 12 March 1879, p.5". Retrieved 21 January 2011.
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