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Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site

Wooden Sailing Schooner | Max Depth: 5 metres (16 feet)

Balmoral - Dive
Balmoral - Dive
© Heritage Victoria

While riding out a violent south easterly gale at Port Fairy, the schooner Balmoral parted its anchor cable and was driven broadside onto the beach. The bow was on a rock while the stern remained afloat, causing the vessel to roll alarmingly. Not long after the crew abandoned ship, the Balmoral rolled on its side and parted amidship.

Within an hour the vessel had broken up, littering the beach with wreckage. The Belfast Gazette commented that much of the hull timber was quite rotten. The vessel had previously been engaged in freighting freestone from Kangaroo Point to Melbourne to build the Law Courts and other buildings.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Balmoral,
Heritage Victoria slide collection on flickr: Balmoral, and
Australian National Shipwreck Database: Balmoral.

Latitude: 38° 22.583′ S   (38.376388° S / 38° 22′ 35″ S)
Longitude: 142° 14.800′ E   (142.246667° E / 142° 14′ 48″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-26 07:32:58 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Essington, 1,204 m, bearing 192°, SSW
Wooden schooner.
Sunk: 9 July 1868.
Depth: 2 to 5 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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