Shipwreck Databases Western Australian Museum

Ben Dearg (19097)

Ben Dearg Beach, Swarbricks Beach (Herald Pt and Islet Point)

SS Ben Dearg (1925-1951) ex Thomas Alexander, ex Etoile Polaire, ex Daily Express, ex Turcoman
The Castle Class trawler Ben Dearg was originally built for the UK Admiralty as the Thomas Alexander, and served most of its life as a trawler in French and UK fisheries. It was renamed the Ben Dearg in 1936 and in 1939 the UK Admiralty requisitioned the Ben Dearg as a minesweeper in World War II. The Ben Dearg arrived in Albany in 1949 with its sister ship Commiles, both owned by the Anglo-Australian Fishing Company. The trawlers were employed in trawling the Great Australian Bight, but the venture was unsuccessful. In 1951 the Ben Dearg was scuttled off Swarbrick’s Beach east of Albany in an area today known as Ben Dearg Beach, while the Commiles was sunk in the Rottnest Island Ships’ Graveyard in 1953 after being used for target practice by the RAAF.


Ship Built

Owner Anglo-Australian Fishing Co

Builder Cook, Wellington and Gemmell Ltd

Country Built UK

Port Built Beverley

Port Registered Fleetwood

When Built 1920

Ship Lost

Gouped Region South-Coast

Sinking Scuttled

When Lost 19097

Where Lost Ben Dearg Beach, Swarbricks Beach (Herald Pt and Islet Point)

Latitude -35.010441964

Longitude 118.051665562

Position Information Position from Harbour Master Report

Ship Details

Engine triple expansion steam engine

Length 38.30

Beam 7.20

TONA 280.00

TONB 109.00

Draft 3.90

Museum Reference

Official Number 144518

Unique Number 961

Registration Number 144518

Sunk Code Scuttled

File Number 2010/0030/SG _MA-195/72

Protected Not protected Federal

Found Y

Inspected N

Confidential NO