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Steel Steamer Collier | Max Depth: 43 metres (141 feet) — Graveyard

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The Milora (aka SS Milora) is the largest wreck in the Ships' Graveyard. Built as a steel screw steamer in Williamstown Dockyard, Victoria, in 1920 as the Emita for the Australian United Steam Navigation Co of Melbourne. The AUSN was an attempt by the Commonwealth Government to create its own line of steamers. In 1926 she was sold and renamed the Milora.

S.S Milora Wreck Dive, Ships Graveyard | © Giles Foster

Milora at Gellibrand Pier
Milora at Gellibrand Pier
© State Library Victoria

On 21 September 1934, the Milora was inward bound from Newcastle with coal when struck by a storm and with its rudder post broken she ran ashore on Rondella Reef inside Port Phillip Heads near Queenscliff. She was refloated after most of her cargo had been unloaded and towed to Williamstown.

The overall length of the Milora was approximately 331 feet (101 metres), beam 47.9 feet (15 metres) and draught 27.1 feet (8.3 metres) giving a displacement weight of 3,347 tonne (3,689 short tons).

Milora Scuttling
Milora Scuttling
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The Milora was eventually sold for scrap and after dismantling was towed out to Bass Strait by the tug James Paterson and scuttled in the ships graveyard, off Port Philip heads, on 8 March 1935. The Milora shipwreck now lies facing North/South (bow South).

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

Latitude: 38° 21.102′ S   (38.351705° S / 38° 21′ 6.14″ S)
Longitude: 144° 23.378′ E   (144.389632° E / 144° 23′ 22.68″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-12 04:58:26 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Dunloe, 1,293 m, bearing 111°, ESE
Steel steam ship, 3347 ton.
Built: Williamstown, Victoria, 1920.
Scuttled: 8 March 1935.
Depth: 38 to 43 m.

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