Children

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Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site

One of the first vessels to be lost in the Western District was the wooden barque Children, which was wrecked to the East of Warrnambool in February 1839. It was wrecked after striking reefs close to shore at the entrance of Childers Cove when the vessel ran ashore in hurricane-force winds. 22 passengers and crew were fortunate to escape being battered to death on the rocks.

The Children broke up within 20 minutes, sweeping sixteen of those on board to their deaths. After eleven days, the survivors, all of whom were injured, were rescued and taken to Portland.

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

Latitude: 38° 29.500′ S   (38.491667° S / 38° 29′ 30″ S)
Longitude: 142° 40.400′ E   (142.673333° E / 142° 40′ 24″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-24 01:10:38 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Antares, 10,729 m, bearing 133°, SE
Wooden barque.
Built: Liverpool, England, 1825.
Sunk: 14 January 1838.



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