Foig a Ballagh

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Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site

Wooden Barque | Max Depth: 3 metres (9.8 feet)

The Foig a Ballagh, which lies between Coles and West Channel, Port Phillip, is representative of one of the small trading sailing vessels, carrying essential goods into and out of Melbourne during the nineteenth century. Coal was becoming an indispensable commodity in Victoria from the 1850s onwards with the development of the railways and the new steamships that were becoming increasingly popular and Foig-a-Ballagh was a coal-carrying trader. Foig-a-Ballagh potentially has archaeological significance for Irish shipbuilding techniques as it is possible the bow is reasonably well preserved under the sand. The vessel holds potential significance as a training site for maritime archaeology students.

See also, Australian National Shipwreck Database: Foig-A-Ballagh, and
Heritage Council Victoria: Foig a Ballagh.

Latitude: 38° 12.450′ S   (38.2075° S / 38° 12′ 27″ S)
Longitude: 144° 43.430′ E   (144.723833° E / 144° 43′ 25.8″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-10 06:25:57 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Monarch, 397 m, bearing 207°, SSW
Wooden barque.
Built: Belfast, Ireland, 1845.
Sunk: 6 August 1852.
Depth: 3 m.

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