The waters around Fraser Island have become the final port of call for many ships over the years. The list of ships here is not exhaustive.

21 May 1836  Stirling Castle, Swains Reef
4 March 1864 Panama, Rooney Point, Breaksea Spit
1870  Evelyn
1871 Juliet (schooner), Breaksea Spit
24 October 1884 Chang Chow, Breaksea Spit
1904 Aramac, Breaksea Spit
1905  Waiwera, Breaksea Spit
27 Sept 1914 Marloo, Marloo Bay
31 May 1930 A number of launches were lost off Double Island Point 
8 July 1935  Maheno, Orchard Beach
13 March 1937 Haiping (last seen 15 March low in the water 50k east of Sandy Cape)
24 April 1943 SS Koworra (sunk by the Japanese 60 km off Sandy Cape)
24 January 1959 Natone (also known as Fane Fijord, Wyatt Earp and Wongala) 
6 June 1962 Breaksea Spit Lighthouse (by MV Gladstone Star)
2 April 1967 Beagle (trawler)

Stirling Castle

inskip stirling castleFraser Island was named after a Scottish sea captain, James Fraser and his wife Eliza. Under the command of Captain James Fraser, the brig, "Stirling Castle" set sail from Sydney for Singapore on 14 th May 1836. A week later it was stranded on Swains Reef, off present day Rockhampton. The survivors, including Captain Fraser and his wife Eliza, took to the boats and headed south to reach the settlement at Moreton Bay. Several days later they beached on K'gari, now known as Fraser Island.


Panama was a 2-masted brig, 223 & 98/3500th tons, 86.0 x 21.2 x 14,5, built in 1849 in Quebec, by J.A. Roe and Company. On 23 September 1851 her owners were John Thompson & Alfred Maning from Hobart. Robert George Gibbons of Launceston, Tasmania, purchased her on 27 September 1851 and sold the vessel again on 10 October 1851, when the registration was transferred to S. G. Henty at Portland Bay, Victoria.

Chang Chow

Fraser Island location: Breaksea Spit
Latitude (Degrees and Minutes'): 24º 35' S [Decimal Degrees -24.59841º] 
Longitude (Degrees and Minutes'): 153º 15' E [Decimal Degrees 153.25102º] 
Feature Number=4417 1:100 000 map no. 9548 SG5603C4251411


marloo slv2

The SS Marloo was a steel steamer of 2628 tonnes. Formerly the "Franceso Crispi", it was constructed in Newcastle on Tyne, England, in 1891. Purchased by the Adelaide Steamship Company, the Marloo collided with Sandy Cape Shoal, just north of Fraser Island, began taking on water, and then was beached on the Island on 27th September 1914. All crew and passengers were rescued, and it was later decided the collision had occurred due to the Captain's negligence.

Marloo Bay 

Latitude (Degrees and Minutes'): 24º 54' S [Decimal Degrees -24.91508º]
Longitude (Degrees and Minutes'):153º 19' E [Decimal Degrees 153.31769º]
Feature Number=21028 1:100 000 map no. 9548 SG5603C19762398

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