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Wooden Hulk | Max Depth: 13 metres (43 feet)

Eleutheria Site Plan
Eleutheria Site Plan
© Peter Taylor

The Eleutheria was originally built as a wooden sailing barque at Shields, Durham, England in 1835. Voyages before coming to Australia included: London to Quebec, London to Londonerry to Bordeaux, Limerick to New York, and Liverpool to Barbados. The then barque arrived in Melbourne from Glasgow in 1854 with 21 passengers. The Eleutheria was converted to a powder hulk in 1862.

After a number of salvage attempts on City of Launceston, the Eleutheria was purchased by its engineer, Barrett, for 310 pounds on 29 June 1866 and sold to a group of shareholders for a final salvage attempt, using the Eleutheria for lighterage, for which had been employed in previous salvage attempts. Used as base for operations, it sank on 5 July 1866 during salvage attempts on City of Launceston. Markers removed from wreck 10 October 1866 after masts removed.

Least depth of water over highest part of vessel is 7 fathoms.

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

Latitude: 38° 4.667′ S   (38.077778° S / 38° 4′ 40″ S)
Longitude: 144° 49.500′ E   (144.825° E / 144° 49′ 30″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-04-26 03:02:39 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Pinafore, 140 m, bearing 258°, WSW
Wooden hulk.
Built: Shields, Durham, England, 1835.
Sunk: 5 July 1866.
Depth: 13 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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