Historical information

This model of the sailing ship Loch Ard, made by David Lumsden, was commissioned by Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village for the Loch Ard Centenary Commemoration in 1978.

The Loch Ard was bound for Melbourne in 1878 loaded with passengers and cargo when it ran into a rocky reef at the base of Mutton Bird Island, near Port Campbell. Of the 54 crew members and passengers on board, only two survived: an apprentice, Tom Pearce and a young woman passenger, Eva Carmichael, who lost all of her family in the tragedy.


This model ship is significant as an accurate depiction of the Heritage Listed Loch Ard ship.

Physical description

Ship model, of the heritage listed sailing ship Loch Ard, wrecked in 1878.

Inscriptions & markings

Plaque engraved "The Loch Ard, Launched 8th November 1873 Clyde Scotland. Wrecked: 1st June 1878 off Mutton Bird Island Victoria Australia. Yet another victim of the fearful Shipwreck Coast"