The Artisan Wreck

Bass Strait is notorious for the ferocity of its storms and many a ship has run aground on the south-eastern shores. The 1901 wreck of the Artisan – a three-masted 1,155 ton wooden barque – is one such example. Accounts of wreck and the plight of the crew generated enormous excitement at the time and resulted in this bay coming to be known as Wreck Beach.

This interactive historical map narrative uses the Google Maps interface to combine historical accounts, old and new photos and literary references to map a tale of a vicious storm, a crippled ship, unlikely survival, a heroic rescue attempt, and local ingenuity.