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Coffin Bay


Zone 53
Map 5928
E 535000 - N 6181000
Coffin Bay is located on the Eyre Peninsula to the west of Avoid Bay.


There is little documentation regarding the whaling station established at Coffin Bay, however one reference comes from Observer, 7 January, 1899:

A trip to the West Coast
"Some miles further along the (Horse) peninsula there is an old whaling station, and from the heaps of whalebone and general surroundings, it must have been carried out successfully...The shores of the west coast were evidently known to sealers and whalers for some years antecedent to its settlement by whites. There are no records of their nationalities or ports of trade, but there are traditions that a fleet of French vessel paid coffins Bay a visit annually and took away cages of blubber and oil. The remains of their camps, furnaces and signal stations are still to be found at various points of vantage."


No physical evidence has been located as yet to prove the exact location of the whaling station described in the above document of Coffin Bay.


Kostoglou, P. and McCarthy, J. 1991. Whaling and Sealing Sites in South Australia, Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, Special Publication No:6, p 16.

Observer, 7/1/1899

By Rebecca O'Reilly

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