Francis Henty

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Francis Henty Dive
Francis Henty Dive | © Phil Watson

The Francis Henty shipwreck lies in 3 to 4 metres of water near the north western end of the rocky Sandringham Pier Breakwater. Part of the old hulk, now covered in weed, mussels and sea squirts, is exposed at low water.

The are deck beams still in place, plus some internal bulkhead uprights still intact. Along the starboard side of the ship, some fallen shell plating can be observed. The port side is covered by breakwater rocks. Turbine rotor near stern.

Francis Henty History

The Francis Henty was built in 1889 by William Simons and Co. in Renfrew, Scotland. Initially a dredge, the Frances Henty was later used as a cable layer. She was 146.5 feet (45 metres) in length, with a beam of 32.2 feet (9.8 metres), and a depth of 11.3 feet (3.4 metres). The Francis Henty was scuttled by the harbour authority in 1949.

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

Latitude: 37° 56.529′ S   (37.942158° S / 37° 56′ 31.77″ S)
Longitude: 144° 59.540′ E   (144.992334° E / 144° 59′ 32.4″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-29 08:31:04 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: J7 Submarine, 298 m, bearing 162°, SSE
Cable layer, steamer hulk.
Built: Renfrew, Scotland, 1889.
Sunk: 1949.
Depth: 3 to 4 m.



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