by Lindsay Braden - Researcher Anglesea & District Historical Society
Scotch on the Rocks - Centenary of the sinking of the 'Inverlochy': 1902 - 2002
There were 24 people on board when the 3 masted iron barque "Inverlochy" grounded on Anglesea's "Ingoldsby" reef on December 18th 1902.
It would seem that bearings were lost as light easterly headwinds forced the vessel to tack along the coast. Also at that time there was an anomaly with the Split Point light.
White was used to indicate danger instead of the universally adopted red.
In dark conditions the area between Aireys and Pt. Roadknight appears to be mistaken for that of the Pt. Lonsdale region. Suddenly the vessel was too close to shore and the lookout called 'breakers ahead!'
The Captain attempted to change course. An anchor was dropped just before she grounded on the western side of the reef. All on board took to the two lifeboats and were saved.
A lifebelt and Log Book from the "Inverlochy" are on display at the Anglesea and District Historical Society.