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21 February - Matthew Flinders' tragic encounter

Unread postby Max ADU » Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:32 am

Today event in Australian History Today
Sunday, February 21, 1802.

Matthew Flinders'
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tragic encounter with dangerous waters leads to the naming of Cape Catastrophe, South Australia.

Flinders explorations
Matthew Flinders was the sea explorer who, together with Bass, was the first to prove that Van Diemen's Land, or Tasmania, was an island and not connected to the mainland.

Flinders was also the first to circumnavigate the continent, and between December 1801 and June 1803, he charted most of the coastline of Australia.

Tragically Flinders strikes trouble
The South Australian coastline is notorious for its shipwrecks, with approximately 800 ships having come to grief off the coastline in the two hundred years since Flinders circumnavigated the continent.

The first recorded victim
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of the region was one of Flinders' own vessels. Flinders had two small cutters which travelled with his ship 'Investigator', which was used for landing parties.

On 21 February 1802, the cutter's captain was sent to the mainland with a crew of eight to search for water. Not a single man returned.

After the cutter was noted beginning its return journey, sight of it was then lost.

The other cutter was sent to search for the first vessel, but all that was found of it was broken pieces on the shoreline.

Despite searching the coastline extensively, no survivors from the cutter were found: hence Flinders' naming of the headland Cape Catastrophe.
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