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Wreck DiveWreck Dive | Boat access

Outside Port Phillip Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Steamship | Max Depth: 75 metres (246 feet)

Historic shipwreck protected zone. Permit Required. For more details please see Victorian Shipwreck Protected Zones

SS Alert
SS Alert
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The Alert (aka SS Alert) is historically significant as one of the worst maritime shipwrecks in Victorian history, with the deaths of 15 of the 16 people on board the vessel. It is archaeologically significant as no official salvage has taken place and the ship still contains the crew and passengers' personal effects, enabling an understanding of life at sea on a coastal trading vessel. It also carried a small but varied cargo which may provide information about general coastal trading at the end of the 1800s.

Further study of the hull may reveal technical details of iron shipbuilding as shipbuilders were known to deviate off ships' plans at this time. Developments in diving and scientific equipment mean Alert is scientifically significant as a subject for national and international shipwreck corrosion studies.

The SS Alert is a rare example of an iron coastal trading vessel that has not been officially salvaged, scuttled or looted and representative of the iron vessels engaged in coastal trade around the southern coast of Australia in the late 1800s.

The shipwreck of the SS Alert was discovered by Southern Ocean Exploration on the 27th June 2007 after many years of research. The ship lies 75 metres (246 feet) deep approximately 10 kms south of Cape Schank, Victoria.

See also Wikepedia: SS Alert,
Heritage Council Victoria: SS Alert,
Southern Ocean Exploration: SS Alert, and
Australian National Shipwreck Database: Alert.

Latitude: 38° 29.217′ S   (38.486944° S / 38° 29′ 13″ S)
Longitude: 144° 45.033′ E   (144.750556° E / 144° 45′ 2″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-03 05:16:49 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Cape Schanck Cray Reef, 10,320 m, bearing 81°, E
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.
Built: Glasgow, Scottland, 1877.
Sunk: 28 December 1893.
Depth: 75 m.

DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.

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