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

Dominion | © Heritage Victoria

Depth: 2 metres (6.6 feet) to 4 metres (13 feet)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

The Dominion shipwreck lies about 20 metres north of the Ozone. From the beach at Indented Head on the Bellarine Peninsula, make your way out over the shallow sandy bottom to the Ozone and explore the remains. Then move on to the Dominion.

The area is popular for dive training as it allows divers to have an interesting wreck dive at the same time.

Best done at high tide for extra depth. See WillyWeather as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

Dominion History

The Dominion was buit in 1875 in Quebec, Canada as a wooden sailing barque, and converted to a lighter in 1902. The vessel was 199.9 feet (61 metres) in length, with a beam of 37.1 feet (11 metres), and a depth of 24.4 feet (7.4 metres).

The wooden barque Dominion was towed into Melbourne from Fremantle in 1902. Licence to operate as a coal/wool lighter issued by Melbourne Harbor Trust to owners, Howard Smith and Co. Ltd. Renewed 1 June 1916. New owner Australian Steamships Ltd, 25 January 1917 — licence renewed 12 February 1918.

Captain Forbes purchased the hulk in 1925, together with paddle steamer Ozone, to act as breakwater for small craft. The scheme failed when vandals set fire to Dominion, and Ozone did not settle in correct position. Register closed November 1921. Originally a wool ship, then Newcastle coal hulk.

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

Latitude: 38° 8.342′ S   (38.139037° S / 38° 8′ 20.53″ S)
Longitude: 144° 42.810′ E   (144.713507° E / 144° 42′ 48.63″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 04:47:44 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Ozone, 13 m, bearing 142°, SE
Wooden barque/lighter.
Built: Quebec, Canada.
Sunk: 1925.
Depth: 2 to 4 m.

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