Drowning of a Seaman at Bulli

A view of Bulli Jetty, showing Sandon Cottage and the colliery workings from South Thirroul Beach. This image was taken sometime before 1900, as the boat sheds are yet to be built.

A view of Bulli Jetty, showing Sandon Cottage and the colliery workings from South Thirroul Beach. This image was taken sometime before 1900, as the boat sheds are yet to be built.

BY TELEGRAPH
(FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.)
BULLI, Thursday.

While a heavy north-west gale was blowing this morning, a boat belonging to the collier “Woonona” fouled a cable near the Bulli Company’s jetty and capsized.

A seaman named W. Jacobsen was drowned.

Jacobson’a body was washed ashore, and found this afternoon by Constable Duke, within a short distance of where the accident occurred.

A portion of the boat also came in. The deceased was last seen clinging to an oar, and might have been rescued, like his mate, had not the second boat capsised on reaching the water, the four occupants of the latter also having a narrow escape.

It is not yet known whether Jacobsen was married. He was about 40 years old, and this was only his second trip on the Woonona. An inquest will be held tomorrow.

– The Sydney Morning Herald Friday 14 June 1889.

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