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Belle
Sailing vessel
Brigantine
197.87
1880
Queensland
QLD - North
The 'Belle' was loading cedar logs salvaged from the wreck of the 'Merchant' in Ramsay Bay when it was caught in a gale and was driven ashore on the 26th of January 1880 (RBS 15/1875; Stone 2006:83; Sydney Morning Herald 02/02/1880:5). The vessel became a total wreck. No lives were lost (Stone 2006:83; Sydney Morning Herald 02/02/1880:5).

Mr Joseph Hughes, the Sub-collector of Customs and the Shipping Inspector at Townsville, held an investigation into the wreck of the 'Belle'. The investigation found that the vessel was under weigh when a sudden change of wind drove the vessel close to the shore. When the wind died away altogether the vessel was carried ashore by the waves. The vessel was sold at auction as it lay in Ramsay Bay to Mr Campbell for twenty-eight pounds (Morning Bulletin 19/02/1880:2). The Register entry for the 'Belle' was closed on the 9th of August 1880 (RBS 15/1875).

The 'Belle' is listed as a brigantine in this database (supported by Loney 1993:78; RBS 15/1875; Stone 2006:93), however historical sources refer to the vessel as a schooner (South Australian Register 02/02/1880:5; Sydney Morning Herald 02/02/1880:5).

The 'Belle' was originally registered in Adelaide (RBS 13/1872) but the Registry was closed on the 2nd of June 1875 and the vessel was re-registered in Melbourne in 1875.

According to the Lloyds Registry of Shipping (1877-78) the 'Belle' was sheathed with yellow metal and part iron bolts.
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