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

Wooden Sailing Ketch | Max Depth: 3 metres (9.8 feet)

© James Parkinson, 2001

The shipwreck of the Eivion at Rye Pier is historically significant as a Port Phillip lime trader and for its association with its owner Benjamin Stenniken, the 'mayor' of Rye.

The Eivion lies within swimming distance to the east (right) of Rye Pier, at a snorkelling depth of about 3 metres. It can be spotted from up on the pier (about halfway) as a dark patch. Eivion rests in a sandy seabed and is well covered with seaweed and hosts an abundance of life including small mysid shrimp and stingarees. It is often home to many nudibranchs, rays and small fish. Something nice to change things up, or to head to on a second dive at Rye Pier.

The Eivion shipwreck site is dominated by two large mounds of bagged lime. At either end of the wreck site are the remains of cant-timbers. Surrounding the lime, along the starboard side is fragmentary remains of hull structure, ceiling planking supported by futtocks, and various unidentifiable iron concretions.

The lime, long converted to calcium carbonate, is readily identifiable, as it is white and powdery and extremely fragile to the touch. Along the starboard side, forward of the inner hull ceiling planking are the fragile remains of a hessian lime bag. Indications are that parts of the site, especially the ceiling planking, and areas of lime, have only recently been exposed.

A bluestone ballast mound is located in the stern area between the sternpost and stern lime bag mound. The remains of a wooden rudder are also visible at the stern.

The Eivion is archaeologically significant as the remains of the hull and cargo exhibit aspects of stowing of bagged lime, including the use of bulkheads and possibly limewashed holds to minimise water ingress to the vessel. As part of a maritime and terrestrial landscape, it is in proximity to White Cliffs at Rye which produced lime and has remains of historic lime kilns. It is recreationally and educationally significant as the coherent remains of a wooden vessel within swimming distance from Rye Pier and lies in snorkelling depth.

See WillyWeather as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

Rye Pier Dive Site Map
Rye Pier Dive Site Map | © The Scuba Doctor

Sinking of the Eivion

In 1918, after a voyage from Melbourne to Rye, the Eivion encountered strong westerly winds and wave action whilst the vessel was alongside Rye Pier. The Eivion was pounded onto the pier. After the storm, Eivion was awash with rigging tangled. Later dynamited to clear wreckage from pier.

The Eivion is of historical significance as she is an Australian built Port Phillip limetrader, one of only two limetraders wrecked in Port Phillip.

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

Latitude: 38° 22.023′ S   (38.36705° S / 38° 22′ 1.38″ S)
Longitude: 144° 49.412′ E   (144.823533° E / 144° 49′ 24.72″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2020-08-24 13:27:56 GMT
Source: Heritage Victoria
Nearest Neighbour: Rye Pier, 114 m, bearing 334°, NNW
Wooden Sailing Ketch.
Built: 1888.
Sunk: 1918.
Depth: 3 m.

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