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H.C. Piggot

Wreck DiveWreck Dive | Boat access

Outside Port Phillip Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Steam Driven Hopper Barge | Max Depth: 48 metres (157 feet) — Graveyard

H C Piggot
H C Piggot
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The H.C. Piggot (aka H.C.Pigott and H.C. Piggott) was a steam driven steel hopper built in 1912 by Fleming and Ferguson, Paisley Scotland.

Scuttled on 14 October 1935, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 48.8 metres (160 feet), beam 8.6 metres (28 feet) and draught 3.8 metres (12 feet) with a displacement weight of 449 tonne (495 short tons).

The hull of the H C Piggot shipwreck is listing onto her port side. The superstructure is still recognisable and there is a large anchor sitting on the bow. The prop shafts are visible but there are no props.

See also, Australian National Shipwreck Database: H.C. Pigott, and
Heritage Council Victoria: H.C. Piggot.

Finding the H C Piggot

It's been reported (18-Mar-2019) that the GPS marks in the database for the Piggot shipwreck are incorrect. VSAG went to dive there and didn't find the wreck.

The Victoria's Ship's Graveyard book, plus some other even older sources, all have the GPS marks we're currently using on the web site.
Latitude: 38° 20.651′ S   (38.344183° S / 38° 20′ 39.06″ S)
Longitude: 144° 26.368′ E   (144.439467° E / 144° 26′ 22.08″ E)

We've found different marks attributed to Rowan Stevens in a couple of places.
Latitude: 38° 20.751′ S   (38.34585° S / 38° 20′ 45.06″ S)
Longitude: 144° 26.095′ E   (144.43491667° E / 144° 26′ 5.7″ E)

It would be great if someone could verify that the Rowan Stevens GPS marks are okay, either by confirming that they've used them successfully, or by checking them out. Or if someone has another known to be good GPS mark, we'd love to hear from you.

Latitude: 38° 20.651′ S   (38.344183° S / 38° 20′ 39.06″ S)
Longitude: 144° 26.368′ E   (144.439467° E / 144° 26′ 22.08″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-12 02:59:21 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Euro, 434 m, bearing 246°, WSW
Steam driven steel hopper barge, 495 ton.
Built: Paisley, Scotland, 1911.
Scuttled: 14 October 1935.
Depth: 46 to 48 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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