Tasmanian Seafarers' Memorial
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Schooner 'Tyne' (1861)
The plaque reads ...
Schooner 91 tons, Capt James Riddle,
left Otago for Hobart Town 18.11.1861
with 7 crewman, 41 returning diggers.
Wrecked 3 miles north of Cape Pillar
survivors used ropes to reach cliff top
4 perished on the rocks: Mr.Moore,
John Sayer, John Brown, John Wilson
6 December 1861 the Hobart newspaper, The
Mercury reported that the schooner Tyne left
Otago in New Zealand bound for Hobart
having on board 41 passengers
and a crew of 7 men . The Tyne had experienced heavy weather during
the passage but experienced light winds that barely gave her steerage way finally
causing the ship to drift side on to rocks three miles north of Cape Pillar.
OF THE SCHOONER TYNE - FOUR LIVES LOST.
WRECK OF THE SCHOONER TYNE—FOUR LIVES LOST. (1861, December 6). The Mercury (Hobart,
Tas. : 1860 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 11, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8802759
The steamer Cullodon which arrived from Port Arthur at two p.m.
yesterday, brought up the captain, crew, and portion of the passengers
of the schooner Tyne, which vessel was wrecked on Tuesday
morning last, about three miles to the northward of Cape Pillar.
From the ship's log it appears that the schooner Tyne left
Otago for this port on the 18th November, having on board 41 passengers
and a crew of 7 men. During the first part of the voyage the schooner
experienced strong west and north-west winds, and on the 3rd inst.,
she was 68 miles from Cape Pillar bearing W. by N. In the afternoon
of the same day it blew hard from the N.E., with thick weather and
heavy rain, the schooner steering West 64 miles. At 8 p.m. by calculation,
Cape Pillar bore N. half W. ten miles, the wind falling light. At
10 p.m. saw the land ahead, distance about three miles. The wind
shifting to the S.E., very light, with a strong easterly swell, wore
ship, vessel heading from N.E. to E.N.E., with scarcely steerage
way. The wind continuing very light the vessel drifted on shore,
and at 2.30 a.m. (3rd instant), she struck with her keel and drove
broadside on to the rocks, about three miles to the north of Cape
Pillar, and commenced breaking up. At 4 p.m. she was a total wreck.
The passengers and crew, excepting four who endeavoured to swim
ashore and were killed by being dashed up against the rocks, escaped,
by a rope which the mate succeeded, in a most courageous manner,
in taking and fastening to the top of the cliffs, which at this particular
spot are about 200 feet high, and nearly perpendicular. From the
vessel the passengers and crew first got on to a ledge, whence they
either hauled themselves up or were drawn up to the top of the cliffs,
many of them being so exhausted with the exertion that they were
unable to stand upon reaching the spot of safety. So great was the
difficulty of getting all hands up the cliffs that it was 3 p.m.
before they were all safe. Captain Biddle and all hands then went
through the bush in the direction of Port Arthur. After wandering
about all that night they arrived opposite
to Port Arthur, in a very exhausted
state, on Wednesday afternoon, and having lighted some fires, which
were observed from the settlement, the Commandant sent two boats
over and took them into Port Arthur, where they received every attention.
Besides the poor unfortunate men who were drowned, one of the passengers,
John Smith, the first man safe ashore, and who went in search of
relief, lost himself in the bush, and although every exertion was
used to discover him, no traces of him had been found up to the time
of the steamer's leaving yesterday. The Tyne, schooner,
91 tons register, was commanded by Captain Riddle, owned by Mr. H.
Lipscombe, and was insured for £700:
a sum considerably below her value at the present time. We append
the names of the survivors : - F. W. Tucker, John McQueen, William
Burridge, Charles Glover, William Sayers, Edward Ralph, Edward Pertin,
Stephen and George Griffiths, Edward Bowls, John Smith, James Johnson,
James Smith, William Collins, Robert Brown, Geo. Parsons, William
Howe, Adam Hodgins, Alfred O'Connor, T. S. Risby, James Brattan,
James Sculthorpe, H Simpson, - Moore, Frederick Young, William Hurd,
William Dickson, John Jackson, George Young, Frederick Rickers, Benjamin
Collins, Peter Walsh, Thomas French, William Robertson, and Edward
Henry Miller. The names of the drowned were - Moore, an elderly man,
and John Soyer, both residents of Hobart Town, John Brown, (Longford)
and John Wilson. Immediately on its becoming known at the race course,
yesterday, that so many shipwrecked individuals, many belonging to
the northern side of the island, had arrived in Hobart Town and were
in distress, a subscription list was opened at the suggestion of
Mr. Manning, Mr. Chapman, and others, and nearly £50 was subscribed.
Fourteen of the sufferers were enabled to return to their homes in
the North by last night's coaches. Soon after their arrival in town
yesterday the sufferers met at the Custom House Tavern and presented
an appropriate address to Captain Riddle and his chief officer, to
whose presence of mind and good management they one and all admitted
that they owed their lives.
Letter to the Editor that appeared in the Auckland Star newspaper on 31 July
1875 identified the Tyne's mate/chief officer as Robert Doble who was
the 'hero' credited with saving all passengers and crew but four on board.