Wear - Screw Steamer
Montague Island, NSW
Max Depth: 120 Mtrs Average Depth: 118 Mtrs
Average Viz: 10 Mtrs Lives Lost: 1
Construction: Steel Sank In: 1944

The SS Wear was wrecked 15 kms off Montague Island on 8 September 1944 after a collision at night with the Norwegian freighter MV Anatina.  The vessel was struck amidships about 1:00am and almost cut in half. Many of the crew jumped into the sea in their pyjamas, with the vessel sinking some forty minutes later. All but Newcastle man Harold Pring survived. The Wear was travelling at about 10-knots towards Newcastle to load coal. Newspapers record a crew of 32 or 56.

The 1892-ton steel was built by John Brown in Sunderland, United Kingdom in 1911, and registered at the port of Melbourne.  The vessel had a length of 81.6 metres and a beam of 11.5 metres and was powered by a triple expansion engine. A collier operating on the Newcastle to Melbourne route, Wear was owned by James Patterson & Co., Melbourne.

Wear was reputedly armed with a DEMS gunner attached to the crew.

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