Wave 1848 - WA

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DEG: -34.584167 118.738831
DMS: 34º 35' 3" S 118º 44' 19.79" E
UTM: 50 H 6171696mN 659479mE
Altitude: 16.38m


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Cape Riche WA
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Web: https://www.museum.wa.gov.au/maritime-archaeology-db/wrecks/wave


The Wave was a brigantine (which is the name for a two-masted vessel with foremast fully square rigged and her mainmast rigged with both a fore-and-aft mainsail, square topsails and possibly topgallant sails).

The Wave, became wrecked on the 5th July 1848 after being hit by a heavy gale from the north-east whilst being anchored. The brigantine was blown ashore.

It was sailing from Adelaide to Shanghai via Cape Riche, Albany and Singapore under the command of James C. Coke. The cargo included flour, which at that time was in very short supply in Western Australia, and the vessel’s arrival was looked forward to with some anxiety. The crew reached shore safely.

The wreck of the Wave lies between the boat ramp and a small reef at Cape Riche and lies in 3m of water on a sand bottom. A large timber with lead sheathing, probably the stem post or gripe with what is most likely a section of the keel attached, is buried in the sand. Other wreck timbers lie trapped in the reef.

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Closest Weather Station

Ongerup at 24/09:00am WST
Distance from Wave 1848 72.59km N
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Distance from Wave 1848 72.59km N
Mean Max. °C28.627.926.022.718.916.015.015.717.821.124.327.1
Mean Min. °C13.914.313.
Mean Rain mm18.718.

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