New Zealander

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Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site

The New Zealander departed from Liverpool on the 23rd August to Australia carrying 465 assisted passengers. The immigrants were mainly Irish (103) and Scottish (362). After unloading the passengers, and 16 days in Portland, the vessel underwent an extensive refit. 18 of the original crew had to be jailed for failing to prepare for the return journey.

On the 16th December, after Captain Brown had tried to muster a new crew, the ship was found ablaze at 4am. It was towed to the beach at Whalers Bluff and continued to burn. One theory at the time was that the cook set the ship alight because the crew had wanted to go ashore, whilst another theory was spontaneous combustion of the coal cargo, fuelled by the new varnish which kept the hull burning. The vessel burned for 2 to 3 weeks, and was visible for many years above the water at the foot of the lighthouse. Spruce, pine, birch, iron hanging knees, yellow metal.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: New Zealander.

Latitude: 38° 20.400′ S   (38.34° S / 38° 20′ 24″ S)
Longitude: 141° 36.550′ E   (141.609167° E / 141° 36′ 33″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-12 12:40:33 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Emily S, 9,103 m, bearing 146°, SE
Built: 1852.
Sunk: 16 December 1853.

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