Tweed Shipwrecks

This page lists shipwrecks on the Tweed River Bar and foreshore, covering the period 1844 to 1941. The list is not exhaustive and was compiled from shipwreck files and books held by the Tweed Heads Historical Society . Thanks to Margaret Lutton and Gwyn Broomhall for sharing the results of their recent research into Tweed shipwrecks. Wreck sites and tonnages are listed where this information is available.

   Vessel Description Remarks
1844 August 4 Express Schooner, 28 tons Tweed Bar
1846 August 14 Coolangatta Topsail schooner, 88 tons North of Tweed River
1847 January Rose Cutter, 28 tons, cedar trading ship Tweed Bar
1848 May Fanny Morris Topsail schooner, 48 tons North Spit, Tweed River entrance
1848 July 1 Jane 42 tons Tweed Bar
1849 May Jane Scott Wooden cutter, 36 tons Lost off Fingal Head
1849 May Swift Schooner, 45 tons Capsized during violent gale while sailing from Tweed Heads to Brunswick Heads
1849 June Tweed Schooner On beach near mouth of river
1849 October St Leonard Schooner, 55 tons Tweed Bar
1851 March 30 Comet Schooner Tweed Bar
1851 August 12 Ocean Queen Schooner Tweed Bar
1855 February 15 Pyrmont
1855 February Hannah Lost near Tweed Heads
1857 February Favourite Schooner, 44 tons Tweed Bar
1857 March 7 Flirt Schooner Tweed Bar
1858 September 5 Koh-I-Noor Schooner Tweed Bar
1859 July 14 Arrow Brigantine, 110 tons Tweed Bar
1859 July 30 Ebenezer Topsail schooner, 90 tons Tweed Bar
1862 October 18 Fanny Schooner, 93 tons Tweed Bar
1865 November 26 Minerva Wooden schooner, 45 tons Tweed Bar
1868 February 28 Atlanta Tweed Bar
1870 April 26 Perseverance Paddle wheeler, 35 tons Point Danger
1870 May 20 Panic of 66 Topsail schooner, 52 tons North Head, Tweed Bar
1871 May 12 Sara Jane Schooner
1873 July 30 Bellinger Brigantine, 56 tons North Head, Tweed Bar
1877 January 13 Pioneer Ketch, 73 tons Tweed Bar
1877 August 17 Settlers Friend Topsail schooner, 65 tons Tweed Bar
1881 September 23 True Blue Ketch, 49 tons North Head, Tweed Bar
1884 November 26 Dollar Bird Topsail Schooner, 95 tons North Head, Tweed River
1886 November 8 Kalara Paddle Steamer, 166 tons 2 miles off Point Danger
1887 July 21 Reliance Schooner, 74 tons Between Brunswick and Tweed Heads; Crew landed safely at Tweed Heads
1887 July 27 Collector Paddle Steamer, 24 tons Sunk Tweed Bar
1888 April 19 Tweed Steamer, 151 tons Sunk Tweed Bar
1890 October 19 Alberta Steamer, 2214 tons Sunk Sutherland Reef, off Kingscliff
1896 September 9 Chindera Steamer, 186 tons Sunk Tweed Bar
1897 July Heroine Schooner, 122 tons Beached at Rainbow Bay
1899 February 16 Orara Screw steamship, 298 tons, cargo of rum Point Danger
1903 July 3 Annie Steam Launch, 43 tons Tweed Bar
1907 July 19 Fido Steamer, 1433 tons Fido Reef, near Cook Island
1909 January Murwillumbah Drogher, 44 tons Tweed Bar
1912 November 28 Friendship Steamer, 241 tons South Beach, Tweed Bar
1913 May 2 Tatham Drogher, 37 tons Tweed Bar
1914 July 10 Kurrara Launch Tweed Bar
1916 January 20 Pastime Motor Launch Destroyed by fire, Tweed River
1922 Boambee Steamer
1926 December 14 Swan Motor Launch Capsized in Tweed River
1930 Emma Pyers Screw Steamship,72 tons Tweed River
1933 February 22 Terranora Steam Tug, 63 tons Tweed Heads
1933 Champion II Tug, 63 tons Tweed Heads
1935 April 18 Maple Leaf Launch Tweed River – Cook Island
1937 July 22 Chaerea Yawl, 17 tons South Beach Tweed River
1939 August 25 Tyalgum Steamer, 544 tons Tweed Bar
1941 August 24 Delhi 411 tons Fingal Beach, near lighthouse

Wreck site information re vessels Bellinger, Pioneer, Settlers Friend, True Blue, Kalara, Collector, Tweed, Alberta, Chindera extracted from the book McGregor and Cooloon, Warren D Keats, 1999.
McGregor and Cooloon

Last Modified: December 3, 2015