The Loch Ard is arguably Victoria’s best known shipwreck and remains a source of fascination for many travellers who take a Great Ocean Road tour. This ship, which sailed between 1873 and 1878, has an interesting history and, today, many people love to relive and learn about the final voyage of the Loch Ard.
What is known about the final voyage of the Loch Ard?
On March 2, 1878, the Loch Ard departed England destined for Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne. The ship was under the command of 29-year-old Captain Gibbs and was full to its capacity of 17 passengers, 37 crew and cargo when it collided with a rocky reef close to Mutton Bird Island, near Port Campbell. Tragically, only two of the people on board survived the accident: one of the ship’s apprentices named Tom Pearce and a young female passenger named Eva Carmichael.