The shipwreck is a terrible story of a Captain who ignored the displayed flags that it was too dangerous to cross the river bar and possible cowardice by the river mouth Pilot who would not launch his boat to attempt a rescue of the passengers and crew. Some were saved by 3 heroic Italians, they all received a gold medal for their courage.The Captain went down with the ship and after an inquiry the Pilot was relieved of his post.
In 1857 when Clara was 19 she lived in Watson's Bay, Sydney and never forgot the terrible cries on the night wind when the SS Dunbar was wrecked at The Gap with the loss of 121 lives. The poor woman, two terrible shipwrecks that probably haunted her life. Clara lived to 93 and loved her garden and reading the Psalms.
To read more about he Clara Weston click here.
This is my contribution to the Taphophile Tuesday meme.