Portrait of Edward Lombe

Portrait of Edward Lombe

The Edward Lombe was the first major shipwreck in Port Jackson (ie Sydney harbour and some other surrounding waters). The ship was wrecked in a bad storm on the rocks below the Outer Battery on 25 August 1834.

The passengers had very little warning of its wreck. Two passengers, Mr and Mrs Jones were roused from bed to bring them onto the deck still in their pyjamas. As Mr Jones helped Mrs Jones to safety he was swept away to his death. The ship broke in two. Of the 29 passengers and crew aboard 19 survived the night (including Mrs Jones) on the aft deck of the ship, lodged on the rocks. They were rescued the following morning.

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