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When: 01 January 1918

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Built and launched Bawley Point, New South Wales on 11 April 1914, SS DOUGLAS MAWSON was a wooden ketch rigged twin screw steamer. It was owned by the Australian Government and operated along the nothern Queensland coast between Cairns and the Gulf of Carpentaria. On 29 March 1923, the vessel was lost along with all 21 crew and passengers en route from Burketown to Thursday Island after a cyclone hit near Groote Eylandt, Gulf of Carpentaria.

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    • 12/Aug/2014 08:47:15

    Interesting history: Built and launched Bawley Point 11 April 1914 lost with all hands Gulf of Carpentaria 1923

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    • 12/Aug/2014 09:44:38

    [] That is an interesting history.

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    • 14/Aug/2014 01:33:41

    [] [] wow fascinating! Tales of cannibalism...?!?! Utterly bizarre And the original reporter called it "Daniel Dawson". How unfortunate. :S

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    • 22/Mar/2016 23:11:13

    how would you get a list of the crew on board when it sank? I have just found out my grandfather was on this vessel when it went down.

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    • 23/Mar/2016 08:08:44

    [] TROVE !! A quick newspaper search - - produced this very politically incorrect article which has a list of the crew at the end (into the next column) - Here they are - George F. Tune (master) Richard Shewring (mate) Robert D. Thompson (engineer) John Fraser (donkeyman) John Tully and Hector V. Little (firemen drivers) Robert Nixon (cook and steward) James Laird, Archie McNeill, Christian Neilsen, William Rowe, and William Nugent (able seamen) Maurice Giese (ordinary seaman) There were also on board as passengers Mr. and Mrs. Wlllett and their five children, who joined the ship at Normanton. Good luck with finding out more !