Loch Ard was a clipper which was wrecked in the bight between Moonlight Head and Port Campbell. Just off the Shipwreck Coast of Victoria, Australia in 1878.
However, Loch Ard name was drawn from a loch, which lies to the west of Aberfoyle, and to the east of Loch Lomond. It means “high lake” in Scottish Gaelic. Most importantly,
Loch Ard ship model belonged to the Loch Ard ship model Line, a major shipping line operating between Great Britain and Australia. Firstly, Loch Ard was a three-masted clipper ship, of 263′ in length, with a tonnage of 1693 tonnes. Loch Ard ship was constructed by Barclay, Curdle & Co. of Glasgow.
Secondly, Loch Ard ship model left England on 1 March 1878, bound for Melbourne, commanded by Captain G Gibbs and with a crew of 37 men and 17 passengers. After that, Loch Ard was loaded with a general mixed cargo. On the other hand, The inquest determined that, unable to see the Cape Otway lighthouse. In addition, having faulty chronometers on board; and not having been able to take a reading to establish his exact position due to bad weather conditions. Gibbs was unaware how close he was running to the coast. Finally, Gibbs quickly ordered sail to be set to come about and get clear of the coast. In conclusion, unfortunately, they were unable to do so in time, and ran aground on a reef.