Don Diego

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Outside Port Phillip Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Iron Barque, Coal Hulk | Max Depth: 72 metres (236 feet) — Graveyard

Don Diego
Don Diego
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The Don Diego was a 3 masted iron sailing barque built in 1855 and scuttled in the Ships' Graveyard on 26 May 1916.

The Don Diego shipwreck lies about 9 nautical miles south of Point Nepean in about 72 metres (236 feet) of sea water. It appears to have been well stripped and was probably only a hulk on scuttling. Bow and stern rise around 4 metres (13 feet) from the seabed with the amidships lying flat.

The Don Diego site is exposed and prone to tidal currents from Port Phillip. Diving the shipwreck requires careful planning as it's near the main shipping lanes.

Don Diego History

Originally built as a three masted iron sailing barque in 1855 in Greenock, Scottland. The overall length of the Don Diego was approximately 44.4 metres (146 feet), beam 7.4 metres (24 feet) and draught 4.2 metres (14 feet) with a displacement weight of 290 tonne (320 short tons). The vessel was later converted to a lighter.

Owners Australian Steamships Ltd (Howard Smith) advised that the Don Diego was scuttled about 8 miles from Point Lonsdale on 26 May 1916.

See also, Australian National Shipwreck Database: Don Diego,
Heritage Council Victoria: Don Diego, and
Southern Ocean Exploration: Don Diego.

Latitude: 38° 23.726′ S   (38.395433° S / 38° 23′ 43.56″ S)
Longitude: 144° 32.055′ E   (144.534253° E / 144° 32′ 3.31″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-12 02:32:23 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Brunette, 2,568 m, bearing 358°, N
Iron Barque, Coal Hulk, 320 ton.
Built: Greenock, UK, 1855.
Scuttled: 26 May 1916.
Depth: 70 to 72 m.

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