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Steam Driven Hopper Barge | Max Depth: 46 metres (151 feet) — Graveyard

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Sister vessel to the Batman.

The armed steam hopper barge Fawkner, and its sister ship Batman, were operated by the Melbourne Harbour Trust, and added to the Victorian Colonial Navy in 1883 as naval auxiliary vessels. Both the Fawkner and Batman were first armed in 1885 with one six inch gun and two Nordenfelt machine guns, and their engine rooms were protected with armour plating.

Built in 1883, the overall length of the Fawkner was approximately 46.8 metres (154 feet), beam 8 metres (26 feet) and draught 3.7 metres (12 feet) with a displacement weight of 352 tonne (388 short tons).

The Fawkner and Batman were launched together and met their ends a day apart. The Fawkner was towed out into Bass Strait and scuttled in the Ships' Graveyard on 20 May 1935 at 1:30 pm. The Batman was scuttled nearby the next day.

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

Latitude: 38° 21.378′ S   (38.3563° S / 38° 21′ 22.68″ S)
Longitude: 144° 25.310′ E   (144.421833° E / 144° 25′ 18.6″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-12 02:50:06 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Beverwijk 19, 519 m, bearing 337°, NNW
Steam driven hopper barge, 388 ton.
Built: Renfrew, Scotland, 1883.
Scuttled: 20 May 1935.
Depth: 44 to 46 m.

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