Wreck Dive | Boat access
The Don Diego was a three-masted iron barque, built in 1855, and scuttled in the Victorian Ships' Graveyard on 26 May 1916.
The Don Diego shipwreck lies about 9 nautical miles south of Point Nepean in about 72 m (236 ft) of sea water. It appears to have been well stripped and was probably only a hulk on scuttling. Bow and stern rise around 4 m (13 ft) from the seabed with the amidships lying flat.
The Don Diego dive 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.
Bass Strait Warning: Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any shore or boat dive in Bass Strait on Victoria's coastline. Please read the warnings on the web page diving-in-bass-strait before diving or snorkelling this site.
The Don Diego was originally a three-masted iron barque of 320 tons gross, built in 1855, by Scott & Co., in Greenock, Scotland. The overall length of the Don Diego was 145.6 ft (44 m), with a beam of 24.2 ft (7.38 m) and a draught of 13.9 ft (4.24 m).
On 28 February 1874, while in charge of Pilot M'Queen, the Don Diego went ashore off Queenscliff, having slipped her anchor. She had just arrived from Liverpool and was waiting at the time for the Health Officer, who was engaged on board another vessel. The Don Diego was refloated by the steamers Williams and Resolute, and brought into Melbourne by Pilot Kennedy.
In 1884, after some years in the phosphate trade, the Don Diego was converted into a coal hulk.
Owners Australian Steamships Ltd (Howard Smith) advised that the Don Diego was scuttled about 8 miles from Point Lonsdale on 26 May 1916.
Heritage Warning: Any shipwreck or shipwreck relic that is 75 years or older is protected by legislation. Other items of maritime heritage 75 years or older are also protected by legislation. Activities such as digging for bottles, coins or other artefacts that involve the disturbance of archaeological sites may be in breach of the legislation, and penalties may apply. The legislation requires the mandatory reporting to Heritage Victoria as soon as practicable of any archaeological site that is identified. See Maritime heritage. Anyone with information about looting or stolen artefacts should call Heritage Victoria on (03) 7022 6390, or send an email to email@example.com.
Traditional Owners — This dive site does not lie in the acknowledged traditional Country of any first peoples of Australia.
Don Diego Location Map
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 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-12 04:07:26 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Brunette, 2,568 m, bearing 358°, N
Three-Masted Iron Barque, Coal Hulk, 320 ton.
Built: Greenock, UK, 1855.
Scuttled: 26 May 1916.
Victorian Ships' Graveyard, Bass Strait.
Depth: 70 to 72 m.
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