The S.S. Allowrie – the life and times of this stout little steamer.
The S.S. Allowrie
1889 - She sustained a large hole in her bow after running into a pier in Wollongong Harbour and had to be beached for repairs.
1900 a 63 year old passenger suffocated on board in front of his wife and fellow passengers, the autopsy showed he had a piece of meat caught in his wind pipe.
1900 During a full force gale the Allowrie went to the assistance of the 4 masted Drumalis which was drifting helplessly in close proximity to the rocks in Wreck Bay. - Continue reading about the Drumalis from a previous post.
1903 - Despite many doubting it could be done by such a large vessel, she successfully negotiated the Shoalhaven River, well known at the time for it's sand bars and rocks, she docked at Nowra Wharf in front of a large gathering of onlookers.
1907 During one of her trips south she encountered very heavy seas, tossed about quite severely she was lucky to escape disaster after one of her propellers had all it's blades stripped clean off the shaft, she limped into Botany Bay for safety.
1908 - On a trip to Tathra one of her crew was sleeping on a pile of timber on the deck, the ship lurched and he was tossed over board and despite an extensive search was never seen again.
1910 the Allowrie was out of service, in the later half that year she was dismantled, leaving nothing but a hulk.
“Allowrie” Aboriginal word meaning “pleasant place near the sea” or “high place near the sea”