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    The Wreck of the Forrest Hall ...
                  27 February 1909. Ashore on 90 Mile Beach

       The wreck of the "Forrest Hall" contradicts all accepted parameters
  usually associated with shipwrecks with the vessel going ashore in broad
  daylight, in calm conditions and on a weather shore.
      The "Forrest Hall", a fully-rigged iron sailing ship was bound for
  Antofagasta, Chile. She had loaded 3000 tons of coal in Newcastle,
  Australia and sailed east, intent on passing well to the south of New Zealand.
    At daybreak, 27 February 1909, the Chief Officer drew to the attention
  of Captain Collins that land had been sighted some 15 miles ahead. Despite
  this fact, the Captain ordered the course to be held in order to make a
  favourable port tack. Under sail and 4 miles from shore an effort was made
  to bring the "Forrest Hall" about but she failed to respond. Three minutes
  before striking the Chief Officer instructed the man at the wheel to "put the
  helm hard up" only to have Captain Collins countermand the order and under
  a full press of sail the "Forrest Hall" sailed on to 90 Mile Beach !
     By 1 March all on board were safely ashore. The ship however, had then
  developed a heavy list to seaward, her back broken and with heavy seas
  sweeping completely over her. The vessel was declared a total loss with swell
  and tide breaking her up and burying her remains beneath the sand.
  After severe storms for many years, local residents enjoyed the windfall her
  cargo of coal provided. She uncovered for a short time in 1976, allowing
  divers a brief window to explore her twisted remains before the sand buried
  her once again.  In more recent times, 99 years after her loss, a large
  section of a mast washed ashore and is now being treated and restored by
  the Far North Regional Museum.