The Adolphe - 1904 by onewing

The Adolphe - 1904

Today's photo was taken along the breakwater at Stockton, Newcastle.

On 30 September 1904, the Adolphe was being towed through the entrance of Newcastle harbour by the tugs Hero and Victoria after an 85-day voyage in ballast from Antwerp under the command of Captain Lucas. Heavy seas prevented the tugs from holding her, and after the tug hawser parted she was swept first on to the wreck of the Colonist, then battered by waves that forced her on top of other submerged wrecks on what was then called the Oyster Bank. The lifeboat hurried to the scene and within two hours all 32 of the crew had been taken off.

The northern breakwater of the entrance to the port of Newcastle was extended after the loss of the Adolphe. When the breakwater was extended in 1906 and reached the remains of the Adolphe, her remaining two masts and jib-boom were removed for safety reasons. She is actually resting across the remains of SS Wendouree, wrecked in 1898, and SS Lindus, lost in 1899.

Over 200 ships have gone aground in this area and below is a link to those ships.

http://lakescan.customer.netspace.net.au/ncleshipwrecks.pdf

The latest ship to run aground in Newcastle was the Pasha Bulker. She ran aground on the 8th June 2007 during a huge storm. She was refloated sometime in July 2007 I believe.
Great shot and fascinating history Babs.
July 6th, 2015  
Very interesting! Cool shot!
July 6th, 2015  
A great but poignant shot and history of this great ship !
July 6th, 2015  
lovely subject, nicely rendered.
July 6th, 2015  
Wonderful information and grea shot Babs...Fav.
July 6th, 2015  
This is awesome - loved the story :)
July 6th, 2015  
Lovely poignant image and story
July 6th, 2015  
Cool history snippet and image.
July 6th, 2015  
Great information to accompany your picture.
July 6th, 2015  
great composition and very interesting story. i love the look and colour of the water.
July 6th, 2015  
Interesting and great shot, fav
July 6th, 2015  
Amazing capture Babs and thanks for sharing the details too. :)
July 6th, 2015  
Great pov - sounds a dangerous place to be still!
July 6th, 2015  
Lovely shot, great perspective. I remember the Pasha Bulka running aground. It must have been quite a sight while it was there.
July 6th, 2015  
Amazing wreck. Love it.
July 6th, 2015  
Great pov! I like the rusty lines.
July 6th, 2015  
Great shot and lots of very interesting info
July 6th, 2015  
Amazing shot and what a wonderful bit of history. Hard to believe that part of the ship is still around after so many years. FAV.
July 6th, 2015  
So interesting looking. Excellent capture.
July 6th, 2015  
A fascinating shot and story behind it.
July 6th, 2015  
Brilliant textures, tones and composition Babs:)
July 6th, 2015  
Very interesting write up. Not a good place to sail your boat from the history surrounding it !!
July 6th, 2015  
Great shot! I have decided .... I would never go in the water by you! :0 Too many accidents!! lol!
July 6th, 2015  
Love the rust against the blue
great story
July 6th, 2015  
@thistle @basqgirl @beryl @pusspup @tonygig @gigiflower @monty147 @salza @cruiser @vtalbott @novab Thanks everyone. It is a great reminder of how dangerous the ocean can be. Much safer around Newcastle these days though and the last bulk carrier to be lost was in 1974 and that was the Sygna.
July 7th, 2015  
@quietpurplehaze Thanks Hazel. Only dangerous when we have an east coast low (cyclone) and they don't happen too often. The last one was a couple of months ago when we lost power for 4 days and before that there was one in 2007 when the Pasha Bulker ran aground, but that was refloated after a month.
July 7th, 2015  
@karlow75 Yes the Pasha Bulker was quite a sight and it was quite a storm too. Unfortunately, the captain didn't heed the warnings to move out to sea and escape the oncoming storm. I believe there were about 56 coal ships out there that day.
July 7th, 2015  
@chimfa @kwind @bkbinthecity @susanalena @mittens @dolphin @pcoulson @mbmomentsintime @2nutsinatree @annied Thanks everyone. There are lots of wrecks along this bit of the coast. Luckily it is much safer these days and the last one to run aground and be wrecked was in 1974 and that is the most famous Sygna. There was another bulk carrier which ran aground in 2007 and that was the Pasha Bulker, they didn't heed the warnings of the oncoming storm and ran aground near Nobby's Head. Luckily it was refloated a month later.
July 7th, 2015  
Nice capture of this old vessel.
July 7th, 2015  
This looks like a great place to explore! Nice shot.
July 7th, 2015  
Looks like a dangerous area for ships and a terrific spot for photographers!
July 7th, 2015  
Great capture & I so enjoy the history...it is certainly wedged against those rocks.
July 7th, 2015  
What a fascinating place and a great capture. Thanks for the backgroud Babs!
July 7th, 2015  
What an amazing place, stacking up wrecks! Quite fascinating.
July 7th, 2015  
Great shot! This place is certainly a ship's graveyard!! Love the history.
July 7th, 2015  
Barb said it well. Love the history and a great capture.
July 7th, 2015  
@thimblelady @888rachel @taffy @happysnaps @stray_shooter @pixiemac @beachdog @pippie Thanks everyone, it is a great place for photography. We were there with our walking group, but I lagged behind quite drastically as I was too busy taking photos to keep up with everyone. They just left me to it in the end and carried on their merry way. I knew the pub where we were all meeting up for lunch though, so that was the main thing.
July 7th, 2015  
WOW...what a super capture of the wreck. Really enjoy reading your history stories too Babs.
July 7th, 2015  
Pam
Nice photo and very interesting information about it.
July 9th, 2015  
Great shot
July 11th, 2015  
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