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Passenger and Cargo Steamer | Max Depth: 62 metres (203 feet) — Graveyard

Leeuwin (Julia Percy)
Leeuwin (Julia Percy)
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The Leeuwin, originally named the SS Julia Percy, and was built in Whiteinch, Scotland for the Victorian western district steamship trade to the order of the Warrnambool Steam Packet Company. Ronald Parsons states that, after being sold to Howard Smith in 1896:
"Howard Smith used the vessel in the Queensland coastal trades. Sold in 1903, the ship was transferred to Western Australia as her owner had obtained a local mail contract. In 1906 she was sold to Melbourne S.S. Co. and renamed Leeuwin, but continued in the Western Australian coastal run for some time until converted into a hulk in 1910, as a result of damage caused when she was driven against the jetty at Dongara during a gale." (Parsons, 1979: 82)

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 66.7 metres (219 feet), beam 7.38 metres (24 feet) and draught 3.96 metres (13 feet) giving a displacement weight of 580 tonne (639 short tons).

The Leeuwin was towed out into Bass Strait scuttled in the Ships' Graveyard on 28 December 1934.

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

Latitude: 38° 21.129′ S   (38.35215° S / 38° 21′ 7.74″ S)
Longitude: 144° 33.823′ E   (144.563717° E / 144° 33′ 49.38″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-12 03:18:56 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Hygeia, 346 m, bearing 307°, NW
Iron screw passenger steamer, 580 ton.
Built: Whiteinch, Scotland, 1976.
Scuttled: 28 December 1932.
Depth: 62 m.

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