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The Rockingham 1830


The Rockingham 1830

Rockingham. Wooden ship, 500 tons. Built Sunderland, England 1818. Captain E. Halliburton. Ashore in Mangles Bay, Cockburn Sound, WA, after parting her anchors in a violent gale, 1830. All passengers and crew landed safely. She was eventually refloated; left for Batavia in October but sprang a leak and was forced to return where she was condemned as unseaworthy and sold as a hulk at Careening Bay, WA. The Rockingham has been chartered by the Western Australian Company to take immigrants to the newly settled Swan River, arriving from the UK on 13 May 1830.

A wooden sailing vessel of 500 tons used as a merchant vessel. She arrived in the Swan River Colony during May of 1830 badly damaged. Despite this it was decided to sail her to Batavia (Jakarta), but after a majority of the crew jumped ship in Cockburn Sound the journey was aborted. The ship was sailed into Careening Bay where it sank giving name to the City of Rockingham. It is not known whether the Rockingham remains in Careening Bay or if it's timbers were used to construct houses and boats in the local settlement. The 200 migrants aboard all survived.

Research by students from Rockingham Senior High School

Recreational dive information: The story of the Rockingham (1830) : the ship which pioneered the Peel settlement, and ran ashore at Rockingham, May 14, 1830, Max Depth unknown. Visibility unknown, approximate position is unknown


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Recreational fishing information: Fishing is unknown around this wreck, please re frame from dropping your anchor on to the wreck, help preserve the wreck by doing the right thing


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