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Three-Masted Wooden Barque | Max Depth: 3 m (9.84 ft)

Lydia Wreck
Lydia Wreck
Source: Heritage Victoria

The Lydia shipwreck lies out from the shore opposite Lydia Place in Port Fairy Bay on Victoria's Shipwreck Coast. Port Fairy Bay is notorious for vessels dragging and parting with their anchors when southerly and south-easterly gales prevailed. A total of 30 vessels were wrecked in and around the waters of Port Fairy between 1836 until 1876.

Diving and Snorkelling the Lydia Shipwreck

Diving the Lydia shipwreck requires calm conditions and a very low swell. See WillyWeather (Port Fairy Bay) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

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Shipwrecks of South-west Victoria | Source: Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum

Lydia Shipwreck History — Built in 1825

The Lydia was a three-masted wooden barque of 277 tons, built in 1825, at Liverpool, United Kingdom.

At the time of its demise the Lydia was owned by its master P. Petrie and registered in Liverpool.

Lydia Sinking — 2 February 1847

When the barque Lydia called into Port Fairy en route from Sydney to London on 2 February 1847, the anchors were dropped in eighteen feet of water, although the vessel was drawing thirteen feet. As the tide began to fall, the Lydia started to strike the bottom in the swell. The sternpost was driven up and the vessel began to take water rapidly. To prevent his ship from sinking, the master Captain P. Petrie slipped the anchor cables and ran the Lydia ashore. Although the cargo was saved, the vessel was a total wreck.

See also, west-coast-shipwreck-trail,
Heritage Council Victoria: Lydia, and
Australian National Shipwreck Database: Lydia.

Heritage Warning: Any shipwreck or shipwreck relic that is 75 years or older is protected by legislation. Other items of maritime heritage 75 years or older are also protected by legislation. Activities such as digging for bottles, coins or other artefacts that involve the disturbance of archaeological sites may be in breach of the legislation, and penalties may apply. The legislation requires the mandatory reporting to Heritage Victoria as soon as practicable of any archaeological site that is identified. See Maritime heritage. Anyone with information about looting or stolen artefacts should call Heritage Victoria on (03) 7022 6390, or send an email to heritage.victoria@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Eastern Maar country
Eastern Maar country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Eastern Maar people of south-western Victoria between the Shaw and Eumerella Rivers and from Yambuk in the south to beyond Lake Linlithgow in the north. This truly ancient Country extends as far north as Ararat and encompasses the coastal townships of Port Fairy in the west, Warrnambool, Peterborough, Port Campbell, Apollo Bay, Lorne, and Airies Inlet in the east, including the Great Ocean Road area. It also stretches 100 metres out to sea from low tide and therefore includes the iconic Twelve Apostles. "Eastern Maar" is a name adopted by the people who identify as Maar, Eastern Gunditjmara, Tjap Wurrung, Peek Whurrong, Kirrae Whurrung, Kuurn Kopan Noot and/or Yarro waetch (Tooram Tribe) amongst others. We wish to acknowledge the Eastern Maar as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging.

 

Lydia Location Map

Latitude: 38° 22.940′ S   (38.38234° S / 38° 22′ 56.42″ S)
Longitude: 142° 14.684′ E   (142.244726° E / 142° 14′ 41.01″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2021-06-18 13:14:13 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-23 19:08:24 GMT
Source: GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Socrates, 162 m, bearing 356°, N
Three-Masted Wooden Barque.
Built: Liverpool, UK, 1825.
Sunk: 2 February 1847.
Port Fairy, Shipwreck Coast.
Depth: 1 to 3 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.

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