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Booby Island

Booby Island is located 45 km northwest of Muttee Heads at the tip of Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia. This island is in the Torres Strait, 32 km west of Thursday Island and 23 km west of Prince of Wales Island. Booby Island is also known as Ngiangu by the Kuarareg people of the western Torres Strait, its traditional owners, named for the giant Ngiangu who was forced from a neighbouring island It has been called Booby Island by a number of European explorers, including Captain Cook, for the presence of the Booby birds.

In the 19th century, such a high number of ships were lost in the area that provisions were stored on the island for shipwrecked sailors.

Wrecks include:

* Delfshaven'. Barque, 656 tons. Newcastle to Java.

* Struck a sunken reef near Booby Island, 24 July 1862. As she was undermanned, the boats were launched with difficulty after big seas had driven her over the rocks into calm water. Natives and adverse currents prevented them reaching safety on the Australian coast before one boat was abandoned and a course set for Timor.

* Kanahooka Iron steamship, 386 tons. Built 1883.

* Foundered in a heavy gale south of Booby Island, 19 January 1894. She was overloaded with guano from Rocky Islet in the Gulf of Carpentaria; struck by heavy seas, she rolled over, giving the crew only a short time to launch boats and escape.

* Marina Barque.

* Lost in Torres Strait, from Sydney to Singapore, 28 May 1866. Crew landed on Booby Island and a ship took them on to Singapore.

* Morning Star, wrecked 1814 somewhere near Booby Island. 

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Latitude / Longitude : 10° 36' 15" S / 141° 54' 39" E | Time zone : UTC+10 | Currency : AUD | Telephone : 61  


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