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Rivalry between the many shipping companies intensified as they fought, through advertisements extolling the virtues of their speedy and comfortable ships, for the lucrative new emigration trade.
No doubt risks were taken with the aim of turning a quick profit, and no doubt ships were lost. Known to have operated in Victorian waters in the 1890s.
The western coast of Victoria contains, I am sure, more shipwrecks by number and tonnage than any other stretch of coast in Australia. Was being towed out over the bar at Lakes Entrance by the steamer Rose Of Sharon when the tow rope was cast off with the vessel still in a dangerous position, and she foundered, 12 November 1889. They were the first casualties of the new entrance.
And yet the loss of life has not been exceedingly high, with forty-nine lost with the wreck of the ship Loch Ard near Port Campbell in 1878 being the greatest, and the Children, at Childers Cove further west, with 38 lives: the 'top ten' wrecks in terms of loss of life resulted in 221 lives give or take one or two.
In June 1912, towed free the stranded steamer Leura in Lady Bay, Warrnambool.