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Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site

Three Masted Iron Barque | Max Depth: 20 metres (66 feet)

Very flat bottomed, German owned and registered vessel 4 Single deck, 2 tiers of beams, 1 cemented bulkhead, anchors and chains proofed and tested. Captain Ostermann believed strong currents carried him more than twenty miles off course. Local stockmen found the wreck the next morning with the crew armed with knives ready to defend themselves against Aborigines.

The vessel was embedded in six feet of sand twenty feet from low water mark. In early July Mssrs. W and J. Lempriere acting for the Board of Bremmen Underwriters arranged to try and float the vessel free. Tugs pulled the vessel free but before it was clear the lines snapped and the Magnat went ashore again, this time breaking its back. The captain and crew stayed on the vessel, but Captain Ostermann later died on the Magnat and was buried locally. A dance was held for the locals on the stricken vessel. The Magnat was due to load coal in Newcastle bound for Chile. Captain Ostermann had lost his previous vessel, also named Magnat, off the coast of Chile where he was jailed for two years over the incident, but released earlier when it was proven the charts were incorrect.

See also, Australian National Shipwreck Database: Magnat,
Heritage Council Victoria: Magnat, and
MMAV: Magnat 1885-1900.

Latitude: 38° 41.950′ S   (38.699167° S / 38° 41′ 57″ S)
Longitude: 145° 47.783′ E   (145.796389° E / 145° 47′ 47″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-12 01:39:36 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Amazon, 10,360 m, bearing 302°, WNW
1120-ton, three masted iron barque.
Built: Sunderland, England, 1885.
Sunk: 8 May 1900.
Depth: 20 m.

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