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Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site

Paddle Steamer | Max Depth: 7 metres (23 feet)

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

PS Clonmel
PS Clonmel
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The paddle steamer Clonmel (aka PS Clonmel) was one of the first steam-powered vessels on the Australian coast. However, its career was short, being wrecked on its third voyage on what is now known as Clonmel Island at the Port Albert entrance. All on board reached safety, but much of the cargo was lost.The wreck of the PS Clonmel was instrumental in the settlement of Gippsland and the establishment of the towns of Port Albert, Tarraville and Alberton.

Although the wreck of the Clonmel was a disaster at the time, it is now one of the most significant archaeological sites in Victoria. The site is archaeologically significant for being the earliest located steamship wreck in Australian waters. It is also technically significant for the remains of a wooden hulled paddle steamship, including its early flue type boiler which is believed to be the only example known in Australia. It is historically significant for its role in the discovery of Port Albert and subsequent development of Gippsland.

A 50 metre radius Protected Zone (prohibited entry without a permit from Heritage Victoria) has been declared around the position of the boiler situated at latitude 38 deg 44' 44" S, longitude 146 deg 40' 37" E.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: PS Clonmel,
Heritage Victoria slide collection on flickr: PS Clonmel,
Wikipedia: PS Clonmel,
Australia Post: Shipwrecks: Capturing our maritime past - Part 3, and
Australian National Shipwreck Database: PS Clonmel.

Latitude: 38° 44.640′ S   (38.744° S / 38° 44′ 38.4″ S)
Longitude: 146° 40.668′ E   (146.6778° E / 146° 40′ 40.08″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-03 05:24:49 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Wave, 1,612 m, bearing 173°, S
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.
Paddle Steamer.
Built: 1836.
Sunk: 3 January 1841.
Depth: 7 m.

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