TSS Wandra (1907)

Wandra was a wooden twin screw steamer built in 1907, for Allen Taylor & Company, by Denis Sullivan at Coopernook, New South Wales.[1] Her hull was towed to Sydney for her engines to be fitted by Begg and Greig.

Name: Wandra
Owner: Allen Taylor & Company
Port of registry: Sydney
Completed: 1907
  • Official number: 121183
  • Port Number: 31/1907
Fate: Wrecked 15 December 1915
General characteristics
Type: Wood twin screw steamer
Tonnage: 164 tons
Length: 120.5 ft (36.73 m)
Beam: 26.92 ft (8.21 m)
Draught: 5.8 ft (1.77 m)
Propulsion: Twin screw


She was wrecked whilst carrying timber to Sydney from Moruya Heads and was lost approximately 500 yards (460 m) off the Drum and Drumsticks, Jervis Bay, New South Wales on the 15th of December 1915.[2]

Some 5 miles (8.0 km) North of Jervis Bay lighthouse the Wandra took on water in heavy seas.[3] They made for the Drum and Drumsticks and dropped anchor but sank straight away. The crew got off safely and made their way to the lighthouse for the night.[4]


  1. "Arrival of Wandee". The Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 13 June 1907, p.8. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  2. "Captain's Story. Ship Papers Lost. Nowra, Thursday". The Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 17 December 1915, p.10. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  3. "Steamer Founders. Wandra, Off Jervis Bay. Crew All Saved". The Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 17 December 1915, p.10. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  4. "Wreck of the Wandra. Timber Boat Lost". Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser (NSW : 1891 - 1937), Saturday 18 December 1915, page 2. Retrieved 27 May 2019.

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