Built by J.G.Lawrie in Glasgow, Scotland as a three masted iron ship. Launched 1869 as
Loch Katrine owned by Glasgow Shipping Co. and registered in Glasgow, Scotland to provide passenger service between England to Australia.
On April 26, 1890, damaged during a severe storm off Australia and towed to Sydney Harbor. Afterwards, used as a coastal trade ship in Australia and New Guinea. In 1910, sold to a new owner in Australia and used as a coastal collier.
Around 1920, the Lock Katrine was being used as a coal ship anchored at Simpson Harbor off Rabaul. During 1929 converted to a prison ship to detain prisoners.
In 1937 afer the volcanic eruption, towed to Blanche Bay and partially sunk off Vunapope as a break water.
During the Pacific War, this shipwreck of the Lock Katrine was repeatedly mistaken as a Japanese ship and bombed or strafed by Allied aircraft. Today, the twisted bow and stern wreckage are partially visible above the surface.
Some references incorrectly spell the name of this vessel as "Lock Katrine"
New Guinea Salvage Pirate pages 455
Passengers In History - Loch Katrine
Port Adelaide Nautical Museum - Loch Katrine painting 3872
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November 16, 2018