Shipwreck Databases Western Australian Museum

Duchess of Kent

The Duchess of Kent was wrecked on 28 August 1895 near Cervantes Island. The Captain and crew were able to get ashore in the ship’s dinghy but were only able to save three wet loaves and a botle of water as provisions to take with them. They attempted to sail the dinghy along the coast to Fremantle, but were unsuccessful due to the number of reefs edging the coast. Beaching the boat, they then set off on foot to try to reach the rail line and luckily, found some sheep and were able to have roast meat that night. Their good luck continued the next morning when they came across the shepherd who was able to direct them to Mr Bashford’s sheep station.

Contact Evidence Possible

Type of contact Helpful

Year 1895

Nationality Australian

Location Cervantes Island

Source European