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BEGA - Steamer Screw
Tathra, NSW

Max Depth: 77 Mtrs Average Depth: 74 Mtrs
Average Viz: 10 Mtrs Lives Lost: 1
Construction: Iron Sank In: 1908
 

SS Bega. Launched in 1897, capsized in 1907The iron screw steamer Bega was wrecked on 5 April 1908 when it capsized off Tanja Beach, between Tathra and Bermagui. There were 38 passengers and 12 crew members on board. 1 death occurred but it was of a passenger who had been ill and who died while being brought ashore. 

The vessel was a twin-screw steamer, which was powered by compound 98hp engine. Mastered by Captain Bishop the 567-tons, 57.7m-long, the vessel was sailing from Tathra to Sydney. It was built in Greenock, Scotland, in 1883 by Russell & Company and was used for coastal transport of passengers. The Illawarra & South Coast Steam Navigation Company owned the vessel.

Wreck was dived by the Sydney Project for the first time on 26th October 2004.


Article from the Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 7 April 1908
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