City of Melbourne

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Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site

Wooden Sailing Clipper | Max Depth: 2.4 metres (7.9 feet)

The City of Melbourne is historically significant as an American built fast sailing clipper that was owned by the Black Ball Line. It was then used within Port Phillip Bay as a coal hulk and was also acquired for defence use as a block ship.

Originally built in USA as the Black Warrior. The City of Melbourne sank at Point Henry, Corio Bay, Port Phillip on 30 January 1890.

The shipwreck is a pile of ballast stones about 6 x 3 metres that rises about 20 cm off the bottom. It can be hard to find due to seagrass growth. It's in about 8 feet of water.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: City of Melbourne,
Heritage Victoria slide collection on flickr: City of Melbourne, and
Australian National Shipwreck Database: City of Melbourne.

Latitude: 38° 7.629′ S   (38.12715° S / 38° 7′ 37.74″ S)
Longitude: 144° 24.816′ E   (144.4136° E / 144° 24′ 48.96″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-10 06:10:30 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Briton, 1,000 m, bearing 85°, E
Wooden hulk, 1828 ton.
Built: Maine, USA, 1853.
Sunk: 30 January 1890.
Depth: 2.4 m.

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