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Casablanca

Wreck DiveWreck Dive | Boat access

Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

3 Masted Iron Barque, Lighter | Max Depth: 57 metres (187 feet) — Graveyard

Casablanca
Casablanca
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Built in 1868, the 3 mast Barque Casablanca operated for 80 years sailing the world including a final stint on the trans Tasman run bringing timber from New Zealand to Australia. She finished her career, like so many others, as a coal hulk in Melbourne after being converted in 1912. After serving in this capacity for Melbourne Steamships until 1950, the vessel was scuttled in the Ships' Graveyard on 16 February 1950.

Of all the sailing vessel shipwrecks in the graveyard, the Casablanca certainly has the most to offer the diver that is prepared to spend some time looking. The bow is broken off about 4 metres in, and sits pointing to the surface. The stern has a distinctive sailing ship wheel.

The masts lie off to the starboard side of the wreck. All three masts are clearly identifiable suggesting she was scuttled with all three masts intact. The forward mast is lying at a 45 degree angle out from the starboard bow. The centre mast is lying 90 degrees to the length of the hull, also pointed towards the starboard bow. A crows nest can be found three-quarters of the way up the centre mast. The stern mast is lying approximately 45 degrees to the hull, also pointing towards the starboard side of the vessel.

The port side hull has collapsed inwards, and the starboard side has mostly disappeared into the sand. Only the original ribs of her are still protruding.

The Casablanca was built 1868 by J. Royden and Sons, in Liverpool, England. The overall length of the Casablanca was approximately 52.5 metres (172 feet), beam 8.5 metres (28 feet) and draught 5.3 metres (17 feet) with a displacement weight of 545 tonne (601 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Casablanca, and
Australian National Shipwreck Database: Casablanca
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Latitude: 38° 21.777′ S   (38.362953° S / 38° 21′ 46.63″ S)
Longitude: 144° 26.332′ E   (144.438867° E / 144° 26′ 19.92″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-12 02:21:06 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: VHB 53, 298 m, bearing 325°, NW
3 masted iron barque/lighter, 601 ton.
Built: Liverpool, England, 1868.
Scuttled: 16 February 1950.



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