City of Launceston

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Advanced Open Water Rated Inside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site

Iron Screw Steamer | Max Depth: 22 metres (72 feet)

Historic shipwreck protected zone. Permit Required. For more details please see Victorian Shipwreck Protected Zones

City of Launceston
City of Launceston
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The City of Launceston (aka SS City of Launceston) is one of Victoria's most significant shipwrecks. The discovery and reporting of the wreck and subsequent lobbying of the State Government led to the proclamation of the State Historic Shipwrecks Act 1981. It is one of the most intact iron steamship wrecks of its age in Australian waters, is technically and scientifically significant for the remains of its engine and boiler, and evidence of the experimental salvage attempts using Patented Maquay hydrogen gas generating devices. The City of Launceston is archaeologically highly significant for the state of preservation of a complete intra-colonial steamship with evidence of its cabin fittings, passengers luggage and cargo.


SS City of Launceston Shipwreck from Alan Beckhurst on Vimeo.

See also Australian National Shipwreck Database: S.S. City of Launceston,
Wikipedia: SS City of Launcestion,
Heritage Council Victoria: SS City of Launceston, and
Heritage Victoria slide collection on flickr: City of Launceston.


ABC News item from 18th February 2006 on the sunken shipwreck of the City of Launceston in Port Phillip, Melbourne, Australia.

Latitude: 38° 4.610′ S   (38.076829° S / 38° 4′ 36.58″ S)
Longitude: 144° 49.579′ E   (144.826321° E / 144° 49′ 34.76″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-03 04:59:13 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Eleutheria, 157 m, bearing 227°, SW
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.
Steam ship, 368 ton.
Built: Clyde, Scotland.
Sunk: 19 November 1865.
Depth: 14 to 22 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE, Ebb, Flood.



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