Tasmanian Seafarers' Memorial

FV Bernadette (1964)

The plaque reads ...

FV BernadetteF.V.'Bernadette'
Built by J. Jones, Triabunna in 1947.
Left Apollo Bay, Vic. March 1964 for
area near Reid's Rock, S.E. of King Is.
to catch crayfish for Easter market.
28.03.64 wreckage found Coloumb Bay
Three Hummock Is. Souls lost were
Master Sholto Gordon Douglas (45)
John Trevar (35), John Warren (16)

The fishing vessel Bernadette was built by Jim Jones, Triabunna in 1947 as the Minna Murra for Keith and Neil Parker. Subsequently the vessel was sold and renamed.

In early March 1964, the Bernadette left Apollo Bay , Victoria on a crayfishing trip to an area around Reid's Rock, south-east of King Island with three crew members, the master, Sholto Gordon Douglas (45), John Trevar (35), and John Warren (16).

They were expected to return in time to catch the Easter market, but failed to return by Good Friday, the 27th March. Fears began to be held for their safety.

On March 28th, wreckage was found in the sand at Coulomb Bay by the son of the lessee of Three Hummock Island. The wreckage was taken to Hobart where it was formally identified as of the Bernadette. No trace of the men was ever found.