Our Beautiful Cervantes
The Town of Cervantes was named after an American whaling ship the "Cervantes", which ran aground on the Cervantes islands on the 29th June 1844. The Crew was fishing when a gale blew up. Before the vessel could make sail to weather out the gale at sea, it was driven on to a sand-bar.
The crew made it to shore, and three of them arrived in Perth on 6th July to report the loss. Captain Gibson had said that the vessel suffered only minor damage; however its keel was broken. Due to the long distance from the ship to Fremantle, which was the nearest place for repairs to be carried out, it was decided that the vessel was to be sold.
The wreckage was sold for 155 pounds. The purchaser, a Mr Wickstead, was contemplating forming a whale station, as the crew had reported an abundance of seals in the area where the wreckage had occurred.
This never eventuated and the ship was never recovered. 'Cervantes' Whaling Ship still lies in 2 meters of water. Pieces of old timber, probably from this wreck, are sometimes found on the beaches near Cervantes.
About the Committee
The Cervantes Cultural Committee
A committee formed in 2004 to promote the Arts & Culture in our region. We are a diverse group of farmers, fisherman, govt employees, retirees, living in Cervantes & supporting our local communities. Our major objective is to increase arts participation & appreciation in the community. Monthly meetings are held to organise Art/craft based workshops promoting the interests of our regional communities, and for the purpose of selecting the artists/craftspeople and workshop tutors who will be the principal attractions for the now biennial festival.
The Committee Members
- Anne Murray
- Alanna Smith
- Robbi Ballantyne
- Ivan McLay
- Murray Ford
- Euan MacDougall
- Sharon Falconer
- Ann Preitz