Blythe Star

Blythe Star, steel motor vessel of 321 tons gross, sailed from Hobart for King Island under charter to the Tasmanian Transport Commission on 12 October 1973 but failed to arrive. After the most extensive air and sea search conducted in Australia to that date failed to find any trace of the vessel, on 24 October the seven survivors were located at Deep Glen Bay on Forestier Peninsula.

They reported that their ship had capsized and sunk off South West Cape on the morning of the 13th, and that they had then drifted for eight days in a life-raft, not seen by numerous passing aircraft and vessels, before drifting ashore on the 21st. Three of the ship's crew died during the ordeal.

Graeme Broxam