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Dirge : On the Appalling Wreck of the Steamer 'Sovereign' at Moreton Bay. 11th March, 1847 single work   poetry   "The tropic sun shone glorious, - the morn was in its prime,"
Issue Details: First known date: 1847... 1847 Dirge : On the Appalling Wreck of the Steamer 'Sovereign' at Moreton Bay. 11th March, 1847
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Poem on the wreck of the paddle-steamer Sovereign, which foundered whilst negotiating the South Passage bar at Moreton Bay, on 11 March, 1847. Bound for Sydney, carrying 54 passengers and crew, and laden with a cargo of wool, the vessel suffered from engine failure whilst negotiating the outer breakers, before capsizing and breaking up. Only 10 of those on board survived the tragedy.

Notes

  • Reprinted in the Empire in February 1863, at the time of the H.M.S. Orpheus disaster.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Colonial Times 30 April 1847 Z1625327 1847 newspaper issue 1847 pg. 4
Notes:
This version omits a verse from the original.
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Empire 21 February 1863 Z1794480 1863 newspaper issue 1863 pg. 5
Last amended 28 Jul 2011 12:51:56
Subjects:
  • Moreton Bay, Brisbane - South East, Brisbane, Queensland,
  • 1847
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