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Outside Port Phillip Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Paddle Steamer | Max Depth: 62 metres (203 feet) — Graveyard

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The Hygeia was a steel Paddle steamer built in 1890 by Napier, Shanks and Bell in Yoker (Glasgow). Her owners were the Bay Steamers Ltd, of Melbourne. A comfortable Port Phillip Bay steamer, she could carry 1600 passengers at speeds of up to 20 knots, with promenade decks, saloons, dining rooms, bars and a barber's shop.

Built in 1890, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 91.5 metres (300 feet), beam 9.8 metres (32 feet) and draught 3.4 metres (11 feet) with a displacement weight of 894 tonne (985 short tons).

On 10 June 1932 the SS Rip took the hull of the Hygeia in tow and headed out into Bass Strait. The Hygeia was then scuttled using explosive charges in the Ships' Graveyard.

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

Latitude: 38° 21.017′ S   (38.350275° S / 38° 21′ 0.99″ S)
Longitude: 144° 33.633′ E   (144.560548° E / 144° 33′ 37.97″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-12-07 01:50:47 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Leeuwin, 346 m, bearing 127°, SE
Steel Paddle steamer, 986 ton.
Built: Yorker (Glasgow), Scotland, 1890.
Scuttled: 10 June 1932.
Depth: 58 to 62 m.

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