The SS Makambo Casualty List
On 15 June 1918, the SS Makambo ran aground on Lord Howe Island, Australia. Although just one passenger was killed, FIVE separate species of bird were casualties of the incident. Their demise was not instantaneous; it took several days to re-float the vessel during which time black rats made it ashore and began their predation of these five endemic birds:
|Lord Howe Gerygone (Rain Bird)|
|Lord Howe Thrush (Doctorbird)|
|Robust Whiteye (Big Grinnell)|
|Lord Howe Starling|
|Lord Howe Fantail|
All of them entirely wiped out by the rat invaders let ashore by the navigational errors of the ship’s crew.