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Sign up for a free account and access these great features: If you are already a Coastalwatch Plus Member, Log in here. Newcastle shipwreck the Sygna pictured in 1974 after running aground on Stockton Beach. During the blow our biggest worry was that the dock would move, breaking the power cables to the shore, without the dock’s pumps it would have sunk, taking us with it as we had plates off the hull. Wave of the Week with Elliot Paerata Reid, Wave of the Week: Six seconds of mental D'bah funnel, Plus a great interview with the GOAT Mike Stewart, Starring Mick Fanning, Tyler Wright, Owen Wright and more, ‘Lost Track’ is yet another, soulful wanderlusty classic from Torren and needessenials. The third is the Pasha Bulker storm of 2007. Sygna hits the beach in 1974 Cherry, meanwhile, rode the storm to her foul hawse, reducing her anchors’ burden by steaming into the wind. Get ready, the East Coast is about to rumble. There's a wave with your name on it this weekend. Image: Branches brought down at Newcastle University by Monday night's thunderstrom. The floodwaters had only just cleared from the Pasha Bulker Storm and the swell abated when the second storm struck. To effect a safe rescue they would have to close to within just a few metres of the ship and remain as stationary as possible to operate the winch.As the Iroquois approached Sygna, FLTLT McFarlane noticed that the crew was huddled in the aft section of the ship, where the accommodation was. It better start now. What? The ship was initially considered too large to be salvaged and the wreck was declared a total loss and left in place. She survived. Use the flexibility of Coastalwatch SMS service to check the daily surf report or live wind conditiosn around Australia anytime of the day. It was anchored 4 kilometres … Storm . While most people gritted their teeth by torchlight in the battered suburbs, praying their walls and roof would hold together, there was a heartstopping drama unfolding in the busy port of Newcastle. The waters off the east coast of Australia are renowned for their often sudden, unpredictable and violent storms. Surfstitch Surf Check - the official Coastalwatch Android app for Australian surfing and coastal conditions. Sygna - 30503 tons; 217.3x32.2x13.3 m.; Built in 1967 . Wind, tides, UV ratings, air temps and outlook provided by Coastalwatch are based on data and radar images provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. 26 May 1974 - "Sygna" storm Wind gusts at Newcastle Nobbys around 165 km/hour. Gain a deeper understanding into how wave models work and how to read them. All ships anchored off the ports were advised to head to sea. The Stockton ferry wharf was partly demolished and pieces washed up in Newcastle Harbour. Few events are etched into Newcastle’s folklore like 1974’s Sygna storm. Oil was pouring from the ship and a crack had appeared in its side. Wind gusts up to 90 knots and maximum wave heights of 17m were recorded at Newcastle during the storm. The ship was luckily able to raise just enough engine power to turn its bow into the storm and hold on through the ordeal. He went to bed and told his officer of the watch to wake him up if the anchor dragged again. The May 1974 storm was a real wake up call. Share. A helicopter from Williamtown RAAF base lifted the crew of 30 to safety with no injuries or loss of life. All Nobbys could do was to ask the sea-going tug Warrawee, based at Sydney, to standby in case it was needed. That’s the piece of weather that those who saw it will never forget. The boat’s motor failed, the current was too strong and the danger was deemed too great. The storm of 1974 was in many ways similar to the 2007 storm that left the Pasha Tags: Newcastle NSW, shipping, shipwreck, Stockton Beach, Sygna. Some other homes either disintegrated or were so badly damaged they had to be demolished in the following days. Within 30 minutes she was aground on Stockton Beach.Heavy seas broke over the stricken ship and her captain radioed a Mayday and ordered his crew to prepare to abandon ship.Rescue authorities contacted RAAF Base Williamtown, which scrambled an Iroquois helicopter. From a classic Kirra swell from the vault, to the history of rock-offs, here's five quick distractions to keep the stoke burning. Read. Some of my cadets & junior officers were in that photo of the volunteers manning the rocket line. The 2020 La Niña continues to gather momentum: What will the surf be like this November and December? 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The aftermath: As soon as the storm and the sea subsided, the stern settled in deep water. The ship had 2136 tonnes of bunker oil and 163 tonnes of diesel oil on board. Captain Lunde had already made some contact with the Newcastle pilot cutter and he also sent a telegraph message to his shipping agents in Newcastle. 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He had the cable recovered, set a watch for the night and went below to sleep. Pieces of the building and its foundations were later found more than a kilometre away. Thanks to Some Dumb Virus? Since European settlement in Newcastle there have been three really big hurricanes that have left lasting impressions on those who experienced them. By now the winds were gusting at 80mph. The “Express” was a new ship, built at the Dockyard, being fitted out. Follow us. The storm was named for the Sygna, a 53,000-ton Norwegian ship capsized by the storm. The ports of Sydney and Newcastle were closed and Newcastle reported swells of more than 17m at the entrance. Winds of that speed were not unusual, he thought, and his ship could ride them out without too much trouble. Page … The early stage development of this storm is remarkably similar to the Sygna storm: one of the most powerful East Coast Lows on record, and one of the worst storms to impact Sydney and Newcastle. Understanding why we're out there, could lead to better, more fulfilling surfing. "It's very abnormal to get … So, as the other ships around it left the area, the Sygna just sat tight, swinging at its single anchor while the wind and sea rose around it. Even with her engines full-ahead, Sygna was unable to make any headway and the force of the storm turned her parallel to the beach. Police fired a rocket line aboard the ship and the famous photograph was taken of spectators and volunteers, rugged up on the rainy beach, hauling the line taut. It was an impossibly optimistic request, given the hectic work to be done inside the port (where the surge was so powerful even the tugs struggled to make headway). Early to mid-next week it's highly likely we'll see yet another large to heavy swell event. Until about 8pm the biggest wind gust had been 35 knots, but after 8.15 things got markedly worse. 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Anyway, strong wind warnings had been broadcast over the previous few days and to Captain Lunde it may have all been starting to sound routine. Before and after shots of the Manly boardwalk. One was washed off Nobbys breakwater and crushed against a rock wall. Shortly afterwards, the skipper of one of the harbour boats reported receiving a weak SOS signal. Welcome to Samoa…. Source: Josie Patterson. The ship had 2136 tonnes of bunker oil and 163 tonnes of diesel oil on board. Donald Friedman, overland cyclist and bad soldier, Jim Bradly’s Coral Sea trek in the footsteps of Ion Idriess, Krystyna’s dancing journey from Greta Migrant Camp to Sydney’s Chequers Nightclub. Posts about 1974 storm written by Carol Duncan. “The following day we moved to what turned out to be the safest berth in the port – the floating dock. The official Coastalwatch Skill for Alexa enabled devices allows you to use your voice to get the latest conditions and forecasts. During May 1974 the New South Wales coast was being battered by large storms that brought heavy swells off both Sydney and Newcastle.Newcastle port reported a swell of over 17 m (56 ft) at the entrance. A low-pressure system moved along the coast, blowing 100 mph winds and battering the shore with 30-foot waves. 1974: The Sygna Storm. You Might Also Like. In the wee hours of May 26, 1974, Sydney, Australia, was battered by its worst storm since 1988. After its bow section was refloated, its stern remained beached and became an icon and landmark for the local area, until the visible remains of the wreck collapsed into the sea in 2016. © Copyright Coastalwatch 2020. Advertise | by Tony Meyers … However, after Sygna was swung round, the heavier stern section settled into deeper water and broke the ship’s back. (create Alert from these tags). Nick Carroll: Are We on the Edge of a New Era in Surf Environmentalism? On Sunday 26 May 1974 the 53,000 tonne Norwegian bulk carrier Sygna was anchored off the Port of Newcastle, Australia, waiting to load fifty thousand tonnes of coal destined for Europe. Tag: 1974 storm. The harbour pilots and tug crews who had been expecting a quiet night suddenly found themselves in the middle of a chaos of confusion. The ship was initially considered too large to be salvaged and the wreck was declared a total loss and left in place. The other two ships remaining close to shore were fighting for their lives. Photographer Barry Shoesmith snapped this shot of the Sygna in 1974. During May 1974 the NSW coast was battered by storm-force winds and heavy seas. 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