WILLIAM Morrow was employed by the Melbourne Harbour Trust as caretaker of the Dredge Latrobe.
The 56-year-old single man lived on board the dredge.
One evening in June 1910 he went up into Yarraville to buy some groceries, bought them, and called at a number of pubs for a few drinks on his way home.
Then he disappeared… and was reported missing the following day.
A few days later, Morrow was dredged from the murky depths of the Yarra River bed by the bucket of the Dredge Latrobe.
Morrow, who had been working aboard the dredge for two years, was believed to have tried to make his way back aboard the dredge after his pub visits, and tripped over some obstruction on the wharf.
It seems the old dredge was determined its caretaker received a proper burial. The Coroner returned a verdict of “found drowned”.
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