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Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Ships Graveyard Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

3 Masted Iron Barque, Coal Hulk | Max Depth: 46 metres (151 feet) — Graveyard

© Geoff Nayler

On its last voyage under sail, the full-rigged ship Dunloe sailed from Sydney Heads to Port Phillip Heads in just 40 hours. It was then converted into a coal hulk and served in this capacity from 1909 to 1947 when, at the age of 77, it was scuttled in the Victorian Ships' Graveyard.

Built in 1870 and scuttled on 2 July 1947, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 55 metres (180 feet), beam 9.3 metres (31 feet) and draught 5.6 metres (18 feet) with a displacement weight of 639 tonne (704 short tons).

See also, Australian National Shipwreck Database: Dunloe, and
Heritage Council Victoria: Dunloe.

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 heritage.victoria@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Finding the Dunloe

It's been reported (18-Mar-2019) that the GPS marks in the database for the Dunloe shipwreck are incorrect. VSAG went to dive there and didn't find the wreck.

Victoria's Ship's Graveyard book, plus some other even older sources, all have the GPS marks we're currently using on the web site.
Latitude: 38° 21.360′ S   (38.356° S / 38° 21′ 21.6″ S)
Longitude: 144° 24.205′ E   (144.403417° E / 144° 24′ 12.3″ E)

We've found different marks attributed to Rowan Stevens in a couple of places.
Latitude: 38° 21.360′ S   (38.356° S / 38° 21′ 21.6″ S)
Longitude: 144° 24.405′ E   (144.40675° E / 144° 24′ 24.3″ E)

291 m, bearing 90°, E

We've also been provided with two other GPS marks for the Dunloe by Jim Anderson.

  • The first mark is for the wreck that the VSAG were looking for. This has an anchor at the bow and used to have a large rudder.
    Latitude: 38° 21.354′ S   (38.3559° S / 38° 21′ 21.24″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 24.246′ E   (144.4041° E / 144° 24′ 14.76″ E)

    61 m, bearing 79°, E
  • The second mark is for a wreck also called the Dunloe. This wreck is the one I strongly suspect is the first wreck we dived on in the Ships Graveyard back in October 1972. It looked completely different then to what it does now. Was standing upright with deck beams, boiler and a propeller back in the 1970's.
    Latitude: 38° 21.100′ S   (38.35166667° S / 38° 21′ 6″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 25.001′ E   (144.41668333° E / 144° 25′ 0.06″ E)

    1,253 m, bearing 67°, ENE

It would be great if someone could verify which of these marks, if any, are okay, either by confirming that they've used them successfully, or by checking them out. Or if someone has another known to be good GPS mark, we'd love to hear from you.


Dunloe Location Map

Latitude: 38° 21.360′ S   (38.356° S / 38° 21′ 21.6″ S)
Longitude: 144° 24.205′ E   (144.403417° E / 144° 24′ 12.3″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-03-31 16:48:01 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Batman, 667 m, bearing 81°, E
3 masted iron barque, 704 ton.
Built: Glasgow, Scotland, 1870.
Scuttled: 2 July 1947.
Depth: 44 to 46 m.

DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.

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