The SS Croydon is sunk in the Savage River not far from its mouth where it connects with the Pieman River. From our vantage point on the pontoon, the remnants of this ship were clearly visible poking up from the water line, but our photographs do not record them well. The whitish glint in the distance on the water in the following photo, marks the partly submerged wreck.
The Australian National Shipwrecks Database includes a clearer photo of the wreck emerging from the Savage River and the following information: “On 10 May 1919 the steamship Croydon entered the Savage River on Tasmania’s west coast, to load a cargo of logs. At about 2.00 am on the 13th the engineer found the vessel was rapidly filling with water and it sank by the stern soon afterwards, still attached by its moorings to the river bank. The four crew rowed up-river to the township of Corinna to seek assistance. A public inquiry held at Burnie on 24 June cleared the crew from blame for the loss – it was believed that the hull plates had sprung while hauling logs aboard.” The Advocate newspaper reported the story of the inquiry on Friday 6 June 1919.
The Wreck Site provides additional information about the SS Croydon’s history starting with its building in 1896 in Singapore.