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An Unknown Wreck, reported 1810
After the Captain of the Auroravisited Macquarie Island in 1810, he reported seeing the wreckage of an old-fashioned sailing vessel, high in the grass. The origins of this wreck remain a mystery to this day.
Campbell Macquarie, 1812: First known shipwreck
The Campbell Macquarie became trapped in the surf during a sea fog and wrecked at the Isthmus. Four Indian crewmen, or 'lascars', died while the crew was marooned on the island for the winter.
Betsey, 1815: 'Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink'
The survivors of one trip to Macquarie Island in the Betsey could tell tales of suffering that would stun the Ancient Mariner. Warning! This is a tragic tale, and not for the faint hearted!
Caroline, 1825: Castaways alter longboat for dash to Hobart
After the wreck of the Caroline the crew spent the winter rebuilding the shipęs longboat so some of them could sail and row to Hobart for help.
Lord Nelson wreck 1838: fact or fiction?
The brig, Lord Nelson was supposedly wrecked on Lord Nelson Reef on Macquarie Island in 1838. We donęt believe it ever was wrecked there!
Countess of Minto 1851: Lord Duncan aids the ailing Countess
The Countess of Minto was landing a party to dig for guano when her steering failed and she started drifting ashore. Luckily the Lord Duncan was nearby to rescue the crew of the and take them back to New Zealand.
Eagle, 1877
A large eagle figurehead was found washed ashore in 1877 at what is now Eagle Cove. According to one story, nine men and one woman survived the wreck of the Eagle and lived in a cave for two years. On the day of their rescue, the woman died.

Bencleugh, 1877: Horizontal icicles cling to wreck
The crew of the Bencleugh miraculously dragged themselves to an icy shore after their schooner was wrecked at Middle Beach. With very little to eat, no boots and few clothes, they spent several cold months
marooned on the island.

Kakanui, 1890: lost without trace
Relatives of stranded sealers asked the New Zealand Government to send a relief ship to Macquarie Island. The Kakanui collected the gang from Lusitania Bay and sailed into a storm, never to be seen again.
Gratitude, 1898: 'All hands safe after tremendous battle with sea!'
The Gratitude was moored at the Nuggets when a furious storm arose. The Captain decided to beach the Gratitude in order to save the lives of the crew and the property on board.
Jessie Niccol, 1910: Three drown in second Hatch shipwreck!
A sealing gang employed by Joseph Hatch was rafting barrels of oil to the Jessie Niccol when a storm arose; she slipped her moorings that night and drifted onto the rocks. The Captain went down with the ship because he couldnęt face the anger of his employer, Joseph Hatch.
Clyde, 1911: Hatch misfortunes continue!
Hatch bought the Clyde to replace the Jessie Niccol, but she, too drifted ashore in a storm at the Nuggets. One sealer, Jimmy Fifoot, survived this wreck and the earlier wreck of the Jessie Niccol.
Endeavour, 1914: Science Ship lost at sea
The Australian Government's fisheries research ship, Endeavour, left Macquarie Island for Hobart in a heavy fog, and was never seen again. Twenty one men were on board, including the Director of Australian Fisheries.
Captain Angel's daughter? The Headless figurehead, 1973
Peter Hill and Bob Thomson discovered a headless, but otherwise fulle-szed exquisitely carved figurehead of a woman at Sellick Bay in 1973. Could this be Captain Angelęs daughter?
Nella Dan, 1987: 'a true Viking Funeral'
The Nella Dan was moored in Buckles Bay outside the ANARE station in strong winds and a heavy swell. The Captain was answering a phone call when the ship crunched on submerged rock. She was later towed out to sea and scuttled. She caught fire and sank, like a true Viking, in a fiery funeral at sea.