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Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site

Wooden Sailing Brig | Max Depth: 11 metres (36 feet)

The brig Essington anchored at Port Fairy and commenced to unload cargo. A south easterly gale sprang up, which gradually increased in strength, bringing a heavy swell into the bay. The Essington parted from its best bower anchor but was brought up on its small bower anchor. However, the vessel struck to the bottom in the trough of one wave. As the Essington rode at anchor, it continued to strike the bottom, but it was not making any water. One heavy sea caused the vessel to strike and break the rudder. The anchor began to drag causing the Essington to strike the bottom further as it moved towards the beach. By this time the hull was making water faster than the pumps could cope.

When the gale and the sea moderated, attempts were made to unload the cargo, but the water continued to gain on the pumps. A kedge anchor was run ashore and the vessel hauled up on it. All fittings and cargo were then removed and the Essington was abandoned. (Taken from log extracts published in the Argus, 25 February 1852).

The Essington was originally built as a New South Wales government brig.

The wreck of the brig Essington is archaeologically significant for its remains of an early Australian built vessel. It is historically significant for its role in the whaling industry and in the early development of Victoria, and for its association with the pioneers Captain Mills and John Griffiths.

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

Latitude: 38° 23.217′ S   (38.386945° S / 38° 23′ 13″ S)
Longitude: 142° 14.617′ E   (142.243612° E / 142° 14′ 37″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-12 00:38:39 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Balmoral, 1,204 m, bearing 12°, NNE
Wooden brig.
Built: Government Dockyard, Sydney, 1826.
Sunk: 3 May 1852.
Depth: 11 m.

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