During the 1800’s the coastline between Cape Leeuwin and Albany was the only link between Western Australia and the rest of the world. European ships heading to and from Africa and the Eastern States would use this route before seeking safe anchorage at Albany.
Unfortunately the unpredictable weather, poor navigational aids and rocky headlands made it treacherous for these ships, with over 80 vessels being lost off the coast in a ten year period.
One of those vessels was the sail/steamer SS Georgette , which sunk in Calgarup Bay near Redgate Beach. The SS Georgette was carrying 50 passengers and a hull full of Jarrah timbers when it struck trouble on rocks.
At the Redgate carpark there is a Grace Bussell Memorial and on a calm day, if you look south from the carpark, about 90m out to sea, you can see the wreck of the Georgette lying in 5m of water. The rock where the Georgette sank is now known as Isaacs Rock in honour of Sam Isaacs.
Today Redgate beach is a popular destination for surfers.