The Trinculo was an iron sailing Barque of 322 tons built in Bristol, England in 1858. In 1871 it had lain stranded on the African coast for sometime but was refloated. In 1872 it arrived in Melbourne where it was bought by James Patterson. On its final voyage the Trinculo was in ballast bound from my home town of Albany Western Australia to Newcastle, NSW to load coal. Onboard were Capitan Williams, his wife and infant child and a crew of nine. The Trinculo was driven ashore by a series of gales. One of the seamen, Thomas Lefevre bravely swam ashore with a light logline that was attached to a heavier line and all the crew, the Capitan and his family were dragged to shore with no loss of life. Lefevre was granted a silver coin from the Royal Humane Society for his bravery.