Queen of Nations wrecked in May 1881 on Corrimal Beach, New South Wales, Australia. The cargo on this final, fatal journey consisted almost entirely of wine and distilled spirits, a fact which combined with the enthusiasms of the newly installed captain and mate for those self-same beverages, led to the captain to become confused by a fire in the hills and order a turn to port facilitating his entry into Sydney harbor. There was no harbor, only sand and rocks, and theQueen ran aground. Her crew made their way to shore with the loss of only one sailor, despite threats from the drunken mate, armed with a pistol. The Queen broke up and her cargo drifted ashore over the next several months, inspiring the establishment of a long-lived and very cheery beachside campground.
In her more respectable days, in 1879, the Queen Of Nations received international attention for having gallantly rescued Captain Lewis Gerhardt Goldsmith and his ailing wife from their tiny lifeboat, in its last moments, after a storm on theGrand Banks, and carrying them safely to England.
The wreck of the Queen is being studied by Florida State University.