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Wreck DiveWreck Dive | Boat access

Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site

Screw Steamer

The Formosa was on its maiden voyage from Glasgow when it was wrecked at Port Phillip Heads. The captain and pilots were both found to be at fault by a Board of Inquiry.

Formosa, which lies at the Portsea Back Beach, 3 miles east of Point Nepean, is historically significant as a rare Australian example of the technical innovation of Thomas B. Seath's shipbuilding. The vessel has interpretive significance as an example of Rutherglen shipbuilding techniques and an historic shipwreck site. The archaeological significance still needs to be determined, however there is potential for significant wreck remains to reveal further aspects of Seath's technical innovations and social life aboard vessels such as these.

The Formosa shipwreck is on an extremely rough section of Point Nepean. it is often dificult to find when shifting sands cover its remains, plus difficult to dive.

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

Latitude: 38° 17.640′ S   (38.294° S / 38° 17′ 38.4″ S)
Longitude: 144° 40.900′ E   (144.681667° E / 144° 40′ 54″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-12 00:54:32 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Goorangai, 457 m, bearing 17°, NNE
Screw Steamer.
Built: Rutherglen, Scotland, 1868.
Sunk: 5 February 1869.
Depth: 9 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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