Gulf of Carpentaria

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Marine Park - No Fishing Technical Rated Wilsons Promontory Wreck Dive Site

On the 15th of September 1885, the Gulf of Carpentaria (aka SS Gulf of Carpentaria), bound for England, struck an uncharted rock off Wilson's Promontory, Victoria, Australia, and sank. Now, 130 years later, she lies mostly collapsed near the Anser Island Group. Nature is reclaiming her.


SS Gulf of Carpentaria shipwreck from Allie Beckhurst on Vimeo.

The Gulf of Carpentaria is historically significant as the wreck of an international cargo and passenger vessel, and for its role as a link between Britain and her colonies. It is archaeologically significant as it was wrecked without having been salvaged.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: SS Gulf of Carpentaria.

Latitude: 39° 8.775′ S   (39.14625° S / 39° 8′ 46.5″ S)
Longitude: 146° 17.645′ E   (146.294083° E / 146° 17′ 38.7″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2020-08-10 21:38:14 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Kanowna Island, 1,179 m, bearing 115°, ESE
Steamship, 2434/ 1569 ton.
Built: West Hartlepool, UK, 1881.
Sunk: 15 September 1885.
Depth: 48 to 50 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.



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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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