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Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site

Iron Sailing Barque

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Mistook Cape Otway Light for one on King Island. The Newfield had left on 28th May from Sharpness. Exceptionally rough weather had been encountered and hurricanes and storms after the Cape of Good Hope. The Cape Otway light was sighted in squally, bumpy weather, but the captain was under the impression it was the King Island light.

The ships chronometers were wrong. Orders were given to tack the ship away from the light, which headed it straight for the cliffs of the Victorian coast. The vessel struck rocks about 100 yards from shore, and 5 feet of water filled the holds immediately. The captain gave orders to lower the boats which caused a disorganised scramble for safety among the crew. The panic resulted in the deaths of 9 men including the captain when they drowned after the boats capsized in heavy seas.

The 17 men who regained the ship decided to wait until daylight, and rowed to Peterborough in the ships jollyboat and gig when locals failed to secure a rocket apparatus line to the ship. The Marine Board inquiry found the wreck was caused by a 'one man style of navigation' and that the Captain had not heeded the advice of his crew.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Newfield.

Latitude: 38° 37.500′ S   (38.625° S / 38° 37′ 30″ S)
Longitude: 142° 54.750′ E   (142.9125° E / 142° 54′ 45″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-23 02:11:53 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Schomberg, 2,455 m, bearing 292°, WNW
Iron Sailing Barque.
Built: 1889.
Sunk: 29 August 1892.

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