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Wreck DiveWreck Dive | Boat access

Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Slack Water Wreck Dive Site

Passenger Steamship | Max Depth: 14 metres (46 feet)

Originally the Ocean, the vessel was renamed the Gambier in 1888. Had an expensive re-fit 1885 for work as passenger ship.

On 28 August 1891 the Gambier had entered the heads and was in the West Channel. When signals were misunderstood, the Gambier was run down by the Easby. Up to 21 lives were lost, particularly as one life boat capsized during launch. Explosives were later used to flatten the wreck and the site is frequently covered in sand.

Because of the shifting sands and tides, the Gambier is a rather hit and miss dive. It's made even more marginal because of its proximity to the path of the car ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff.

Built Dunbarton, Scotland in 1874, sunk on 28 August 1891, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 85.34 metres (280 feet), beam 9.72 metres (32 feet) and draught 7.01 metres (23 feet) giving a displacement weight of 1,029 tonne (1,134 short tons).

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

Latitude: 38° 16.450′ S   (38.274167° S / 38° 16′ 27″ S)
Longitude: 144° 40.500′ E   (144.675° E / 144° 40′ 30″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-12 01:02:34 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Sponge Garden Drift, 775 m, bearing 262°, W
Iron steamship passenger vessel.
Built: Dumbarton, Scotland, 1874.
Sunk: 28 August 1891.
Depth: 14 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.

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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