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George Kermode

Wreck DiveWreck Dive | Boat access

Open Water Rated Phillip Island Wreck Dive Site

Steam Bucket Dredge | Max Depth: 20 metres (66 feet)

George Kermode
George Kermode
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Built in 1914 by Fleming and Ferguson in Paisley Scotland as the Sir William Matthews, she was a twin screwed steam bucket dredge. She was purchased by the Melbourne Harbour Trust on 10 October 1941. After an extensive refit she was renamed the George Kermode and was used to maintain the Port of Melbourne.

The George Kermode was scuttled by the Department of Conservation, Forests and Land on the 1 April 1976 as an artificial reef in Cunningham Bay off Phillip Island. The shipwreck now lies in upside down in 20 metres of water rising up to 12 metres at the highest point. A fantastic wreck dive, she is fairly well intact with lots of penetration.

Built in 1914 in Paisley, Scotland, sunk on 1 April 1976, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 70.104 metres (230 feet), beam 13.4112 metres (44 feet) and draught 5.1816 metres (17 feet) giving a displacement weight of 803 tonne (885 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: TSS George Kermode.

Findling the George Kermode

Over the years we've been provided with different GPS marks for the George Kermode shipwreck. The GPS marks we know of in circulation for the George Kermode are:

  • Scuba Doctor:
    Latitude: 38° 31.230′ S   (38.5205° S / 38° 31′ 13.8″ S)
    Longitude: 145° 14.687′ E   (145.244783° E / 145° 14′ 41.22″ E)
  • Peter:
    Latitude: 38° 31.212′ S   (38.5202° S / 38° 31′ 12.72″ S)
    Longitude: 145° 14.712′ E   (145.2452° E / 145° 14′ 42.72″ E)

Latitude: 38° 31.230′ S   (38.5205° S / 38° 31′ 13.8″ S)
Longitude: 145° 14.687′ E   (145.244783° E / 145° 14′ 41.22″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-09 03:55:57 GMT
Source: GPS Verified
Nearest Neighbour: Cunningham Bay, 1,442 m, bearing 342°, NNW
Twin screwed steam bucket dredge.
Depth: 12 to 20 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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