She reached the pack-ice 10 days later. Some charting and research was achieved during the following weeks, but a landing on Antarctica was prevented by dense pack-ice. To avoid being trapped in it, Wyatt Earp then turned north for Macquarie Island. Leaving there on March 24, she arrived home on April 1, 1948. The voyage showed that she was not a suitable ship for further expeditions, being seriously under-powered and rolling violently in heavy seas
She became a coastal trader after being sold in 1951 and was renamed Wongala. Sold again in 1956 and named Natone, she ended her days wrecked on a Queensland beach in January 1959.
BY MAURIE HUTCHINSON
President, Peninsula Ship Society
T: Maurie Hutchinson 9787 5780
The Peninsula Ship Society meets at Hastings Yacht Club on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10am. Visitors always welcome.