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Re: Johannah Donovan & Frank Lopez
Posted by: Tania Dennis (ID *****8504) Date: July 10, 2012 at 05:39:52
In Reply to: Johannah Donovan & Frank Lopez by Erin Steer of 82839

Hi Erin

It appears that Frank Lopez was a Captain - you can find further articles and portrait at Trove Newspapers.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 4 July 1893

YESTERDAY morning Frank Lopez, master of the schooner Garron, lying at the Circular Quay, died suddenly on the deck of the vessel. About a quarter to 8 he was seen by the mate to come on deck spitting blood. A messenger was at once despatched for Dr. Eichler, but the captain expired just as the doctor stepped on deck. Deceased was a married man, and lately resided with his family at 27 Myrtle street.

Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 - 1915)Tuesday 4 July 1893

CAPTAIN FRANK LOPEZ, an old coastal commander, met with a terrible and sudden end this morning. Tho steamer Garoun, of which ho was master, was at the Circular Quay discharging coals. Captain Lopez, who was in the cabin, was seized with a fit of coughing and spitting of blood. . He staggered on deck, and the mate sent for a doctor; but before his arrival the Captain was dead.

This article below has a picture - Trove Newspapers
Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907) Saturday 6 May 1882
Notable Swimmers.
HEREWITH we present our readers with a por trait of Captain Frank Lopez, who, on the occasion of the wreck of his schooner off Bondi on the 29th March, was the sole survivor, having swam without extraneous aid or assistance up wards of five miles to shore. Captain Lopez is by birth a Spaniard, about 40 years of age,
and is probably one of the most resolute and de- termined men on the Australian coast. He has been for the past 14 years in the employ of Captain F. W. Cook, the well-known shipmaster of Kiama. His swimming powers -have been previously severely tested, for some
few years ago he went home to England for a holiday, and on the return voyage before the mast in the ship West Riding, he fell overboard, and for upwards of 13 hours he kept himself afloat during a severe gale in tho Atlantic, and was even tually picked up by a vessel bound for Calcutta, and taken on to that port. A graphic description of his swim ashore to Bondi from his wrecked
schooner has already appeared in this journal, and his presence of mind on that occasion is deserving of the highest praise. The Shipwrecked Mariners' Society willingly granted him the sum of 10 to supply a new outfit.

NSW State Records index of Naturalisation for a Frank LOPEZ - 21/12/1888 Native place: Spain. Also record deceased estate.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Friday 31 March 1882

[By Telegraph
Sydney, March 30.
No traces have been discovered of the crew of the schooner Prima Donna, which capsized and sank off Bondi yesterday. The hands on board were Frank Lopez,
the master, who it is now believed is
the only survivor, Joseph Mason, mate, T. Paterton, Robert ;Trays. Richard Thomp son seamen, James Loon, cook. The escape of the captain -was a wonderful one. He swam four miles,' . baffling the, wave's, and reached the, shore with much difficulty. After being two hours in the water he landed on the beach nearly naked and exhausted. The storm was one of the fiercest the captain had ever experienced. Instead of the ordinary severe southerly gale it was a perfect whirlwind, and the vessel was under water in almost i moment. He shouted to the crew to save their lives, and divesting himself of his clothing, plunged into the sea. He only saw two of the crew after this, who appeared to have secured some portions of the wreckage. Ihe vessel is insured in the Australian Al liance Company for S00.


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