Advance (1884)

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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
General characteristics
Type: Iron Steamer screw
Tonnage: Gross tonnage (GT) of 181  tons
Displacement: Net tonnage (NT) of 12  tons
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
Wreck Event
When lost: 1908/12/25
Where lost: Catherine Hill Bay, off
Reason for loss: Collision, Inverna
Cargo: Tug
Travelling from: Newcastle
Travelling to: Newcastle
Master: Alick Mckenzie
Deaths: 8
Wreck Location
Discovered: Yes
Position: 33°10′50″S 151°42′12″E / 33.1806°S 151.70328°E / -33.1806; 151.70328Coordinates: 33°10′50″S 151°42′12″E / 33.1806°S 151.70328°E / -33.1806; 151.70328

Advance (1884)
The Advance was an Iron Steamer screw Tug built in 1884 that was wrecked when it collision with the Inverna off Catherine Hill Bay, New South Wales on the 25 December 1908

Ship Service History

The Advance was involved in a collision with a Tuncurry (1903) in the early morning of 30 September 1906

Passengers by the coasting, steamer Tuncurry were awakened early this morning whilst on a voyage from Sydney to Cape Hawke by a crash, and on looking out, were surprised to find that their vessel had been in collision with the tug Advance. The Tuncurry returned to Sydney today. An ugly hole in her starboard quarter afforded ample evidence of the early morning smash.

The collision occurred shortly after 4 o'clock this morning in the vicinity of North Head. The Tuncurry, which belongs to Messrs. Allen Taylor and Co.'s line, in charge of Captain E. P. O'Bierne, left Pyrmont on Saturday night on her regular week's end trip to Cape Hawke. She carried several passengers and a general cargo. The weather, on clearing the Heads, was somewhat overcast and thick. All, however, went well until about five miles north of North Head, when the tug suddenly loomed up and the collision resulted. The tug had evidently come from Newcastle, and it is stated was "cruising" on the lookout for inward-bound sailing vessels. The two vessels met with considerable force.

The Tuncurry received the full strength of the blow on the starboard quarter. Her long counter saved her from being sent to the bottom. Had she been struck a little further forward nothing could have saved her. All the bulward planks in the vicinity were splintered, the damage extending below the covering board. The bulwark rail and stanchions were driven on board by the impact, and passengers who were berthed in the deck house in the vicinity were imprisoned by the wreckage. They were, however quickly rescued from their perilous position by Captain O'Bierne and his officers. The tug meanwhile stood by to render any necessary assistance. A hurried examination was made by Captain O'Bierne. and finding the damage well above water he signalledto the tug that no assistance was needed and immediately headed back to Sydney. The tug put into Newcastle, damaged at the bows.[1]

It was later found at the Marine Court that

at the time of the collision the Advance was in charge of a deck hand, McIvor, and as she was overtaking the vessel she should have kept out of the way of

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]

Shipwreck Event

Further reading

Online Database's
Australian National Shipwreck Database[1]
Australian Shipping - Arrivals and Departures 1788-1968 including shipwrecks [2]
Encyclopedia of Australian Shipwrecks - New South Wales Shipwrecks [3]


  • Wrecks on the New South Wales Coast. By Loney, J. K. (Jack Kenneth), 1925–1995 Oceans Enterprises. 1993 ISBN 978-0-646-11081-3.
  • Australian Shipwrecks - vol1 1622-1850, Charles Bateson, AH and AW Reed, Sydney, 1972, ISBN 0 589 07112 2 910.4530994 BAT
  • Australian shipwrecks Vol. 2 1851–1871 By Loney, J. K. (Jack Kenneth), 1925–1995. Sydney. Reed, 1980 910.4530994 LON
  • Australian shipwrecks Vol. 3 1871–1900 By Loney, J. K. (Jack Kenneth), 1925–1995. Geelong Vic: List Publishing, 1982 910.4530994 LON
  • Australian shipwrecks Vol. 4 1901–1986 By Loney, J. K. (Jack Kenneth), 1925–1995. Portarlington Vic. Marine History Publications, 1987 910.4530994 LON
  • Australian shipwrecks Vol. 5 Update 1986 By Loney, J. K. (Jack Kenneth), 1925–1995. Portarlington Vic. Marine History Publications, 1991 910.4530994 LON


  1. "Historic Australian Newspapers, 1803 to 1954". National Library of Australia. 1 October 1906. Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  2. "Historic Australian Newspapers, 1803 to 1954". National Library of Australia. 13 October 1906. Retrieved 14 October 2009. 

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