Eastminster (ship)

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United Kingdom
Name: Eastminster
Owner: E.W. Berryman
Builder: Built in Port Glasgow, Scotland
Launched: June 1876
Fate: Lost February 1888
General characteristics
Class and type: Full-rigged iron-hulled ship
Tons burthen: 1145 tons;[1] 1208 tons[2]
Length: 226 ft (69 m)
Beam: 35 ft 3 in (10.74 m)
Draught: 20 ft 5 in (6.22 m)[1]

Eastminster was an iron full-rigged ship built in Port Glasgow, Scotland, in 1876. She operated as an emigrant vessel.

Eastminster was last seen departing Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, after ignoring a warning from the harbor pilot, heading out to sea in a rising gale on 17 February 1888, bound for Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Eastminster was presumed lost during a tropical cyclone that passed through the area immediately afterward. Her wreckage was reported on a coral reef in the Capricorn and Bunker Group in the Coral Sea approximately 100 nautical miles (185 km) east of Rockhampton, Queensland.[2]


  1. ^ a b American Lloyd's Register of American and Foreign Shipping, 1877
  2. ^ a b Australian shipwrecks Vol. 3 1871-1900 By Loney, J. K. (Jack Kenneth), 1925-1995. Geelong Vic: List Publishing, 1982 910.4530994 LON

External links

  • The Sailing ship Eastminster 1876-1888 & Captain Daniel Rowland Rees 1836-1888, by Ivor Davies
  • Mysteries of Old Ocean, the Ship Eastminster That Disappeared in Queensland Waters, Cairns Post, 26 September 1939
  • The Sailing Ship Eastminster, wrecked on Half Mast Island, Bunker Group. The Courier Mail, Brisbane, Queensland, 26 September 1934

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