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Steam Hopper Barge | Max Depth: 46 metres (151 feet) — Graveyard

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Sister vessel to the Fawkner.

The armed steam hopper barge Batman and its sister ship Fawkner were operated by the Melbourne Harbour Trust, and added to the Victorian Colonial Navy in 1883 as naval auxiliary vessels.

Both the Batman and Fawkner were first armed in 1885 with one six inch gun and two Nordenfelt machine guns, and their engine rooms were protected with armour plating.

Built in 1883 by the WM Simmons and Co Ltd in Portsmouth, England, the overall length of the Batman was approximately 47.7 metres (156 feet), beam 8 metres (26 feet) and draught 3.7 metres (12 feet) with a displacement weight of 352 tonne (388 short tons).

The Batman was scuttled on 21 May 1935 in the ships graveyard, Bass Strait. The Batman shipwreck now lies facing north south with her bow toward the north.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Batman, and
Australian National Shipwreck Database: Batman.

Latitude: 38° 21.306′ S   (38.3551° S / 38° 21′ 18.36″ S)
Longitude: 144° 24.659′ E   (144.410983° E / 144° 24′ 39.54″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-12 02:14:54 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Dunloe, 667 m, bearing 261°, W
A steam driven iron hopper barge, 388 ton.
Built: Portsmouth, England, 1883.
Scuttled: 21 May 1935.
Depth: 42 to 46 m.

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