Travelling Through Time by sea, road and rail in Newcastle and the Hunter


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Scuttling the steamer Katoomba in 1905. At left is the dredge Jupiter, and at right is the steam lighter Powerful.

A series of wrecks on the Oyster Bank led to the gradual creation and extension of the Stockton Breakwater.

The photograph above shows the famous wreck of the Adolphe, which was driven onto the bank in 1904, seen

through the masts of the Regent Murray, which had suffered the same fate in 1899. In the photo below the

Adolphe is at left, and the wrecks at centre are Katoomba and Elamang. The Regent Murray’s masts are at right.

The wreck of the collier Meeinderry, which sank on May 23, 1922. Meeinderry collided with the steamer

Wallsend off Redhead, and struggled to Newcastle with all hands at the pumps, sinking just inside the harbour.

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