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Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site

Wooden Saling Ketch | Max Depth: 1 metre (3.3 feet) to 3 metres (9.8 feet)

Cicada Dredging
Cicada Dredging | © Peter Taylor

The Cicada shipwreck lies in 1.6 metres of water about 130 metres off the beach at Safety Beach, Port Phillip. The site consists of an exposed area of bluestone and slate ballast, measuring 7.7 by 3 metres, lying on a northwest (bow) to southeast (stern) axis.

Cicada History

The Cicada was a sailing ketch built in 1877 in Huon, Tasmania. She was 67.3 feet (21 metres) in length, with a beam of 18 feet (5.5 metres), and a depth of 5.2 feet (1.6 metres).

Had traded in the Bay since 1888. During lifetime had a succession of owners until 1918. Last owners engaged in attempt to develop a fertiliser industry from peat, extracted from Tootgarook Swamp. Product marketed under name of 'Cicada' - hence name change from Gertrude to Cicada. Project not viable; works closed down. Cicada reverted to the carrying of timber.

The Cicada was wrecked on 9 August 1922 when it dragged anchors in a strong westerly gale and went ashore, landing high on the beach at Safety Beach, Dromana. Although the vessel stood erect, fully rigged, high and dry on beach, little attempt apparently made to refloat it in spite of earlier optimism. Early in the 1920's kids would swim out to the wreck and climb all over it.

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

Latitude: 38° 19.519′ S   (38.325313° S / 38° 19′ 31.13″ S)
Longitude: 144° 58.524′ E   (144.975392° E / 144° 58′ 31.41″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2019-06-16 07:23:42 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-16 07:43:14 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Dromana Pier, 1,177 m, bearing 231°, SW
Cicada, Sailing Ketch.
Built: 1877.
Sunk: 9 August 1922.
Depth: 1 to 3 m.

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