Lady Cheryl

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Fishing Vessel | Max Depth: 14 metres (46 feet)

Lady Cheryl
Lady Cheryl
© Mike Smith

On the evening of 23 March 2012, the commercial fishing vessel FV Lady Cheryl departed Williamstown for a 10 day deep sea fishing voyage. It was intended that the vessel transit Port Phillip Bay, depart through Port Phillip Heads and then set a course for the fishing grounds to the west of Tasmania. However, in the early hours of the following morning when abeam Shortland Bluff (Queenscliff) and still within Port Phillip Bay, the Lady Cheryl altered course towards Point Nepean. The master did not notice the error and Lady Cheryl ran aground on the outlying reef at Point Nepean. The vessel was holed below its waterline and sank a short time later.

There is a huge gash along the starboard side giving access to the internals of the wreck.

Sunk on 23 March 2012, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 8.35 metres (27 feet) with a beam of 2.41 metres (7.9 feet).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Lady Cheryl.

Findling the Lady Cheryl

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

  • Scuba Doctor (green):
    Latitude: 38° 17.936′ S   (38.298933° S / 38° 17′ 56.16″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 39.235′ E   (144.653917° E / 144° 39′ 14.1″ E)
  • Peter (blue):
    Latitude: 38° 17.934′ S   (38.2989° S / 38° 17′ 56.04″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 39.238′ E   (144.65396667° E / 144° 39′ 14.28″ E)

Lady Cheryl Plot
Lady Cheryl Plot, © Packo

The rough 'wreck outline' by Packo for the Lady Cheryl in the plot above is not 'gospel', but gives you a rough indication of how the wreck lies in relation to the various GPS marks.

Latitude: 38° 17.936′ S   (38.298933° S / 38° 17′ 56.16″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.235′ E   (144.653917° E / 144° 39′ 14.1″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2020-05-17 04:55:11 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Nepean Reef, 561 m, bearing 110°, ESE
Fishing vessel.
Sunk: 23 March 2012.
Depth: 6 to 14 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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