This small ship’s bell is from the Eliza Ramsden , an iron sailing vessel that was once considered the finest vessel in the Port of Melbourne. In 1875, travelling from Melbourne to Newcastle, the ship hit Corsair Rock at Port Phillip Heads and was badly damaged. Although the crew and passenger were rescued, the tide eventually lifted the wreck off the rock and it sank in the South Channel of Port Phillip Bay.
The captain was found negligent and his certificate was cancelled for six months.
This is a cast copper ship’s bell and mount, with the vessel’s name engraved on the side with a fleur-de-lys decoration beneath.
The 3D model was assembled by Jane Mitchell. Photography was with a Nikon D750 on a tripod with the bell on a turntable.
Artefact Registration Number: 220.00020 A