Preparing for Shipping Mishaps
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This chapter provides the historical and environmental background to the establishment of the town of Queenscliffe and summarizes the pattern and nature of the shipping mishaps which occurred in the region. It then examines the long-term mechanisms established to prevent shipping crises or mitigate impact (such as navigation beacons), focusing on the many formal government services which operated out of the township (pilots, lighthouse, lifeboat and customs and hydrographic services). Unofficial risk avoidance and mitigation strategies are also described, such as deliberate beaching or stranding of damaged vessels to prevent sinking. These align with the pre-impact threat aspect of disaster response, anticipating the possibility of such events and setting appropriate mechanisms in place.