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Iron Clipper Sailing Barque | Max Depth: 2 metres (6.6 feet)

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The Norwester (aka Nor'Wester) was a three masted iron clipper sailing barque built in 1864 by Laurence Hill and Co, Glasgow, Scotland for owners MJ Jamieson, registered Glasgow. She had a length of 160 feet (49 metres), beam of 29.2 feet (8.9 metres), and depth of 17 feet (5.2 metres) with a weight of 567 tons.

The Norwester was washed ashore during a storm while anchored in Hamelin Bay, WA in July 1900. She was sold, refloated and taken to Freemantle for repairs, but was condemned. The Norwester was later sold to the Adelaide Steam Ship Co and taken to Adelaide where she was converted into a coal hulk. A tug brought the hulk to Melbourne, arriving on 2 April 1901.

Norwester with Dutch flag
Norwester with Dutch flag
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The Adelaide Steam Ship Co obtained permission to scuttle the Norwester in 1928. On 21 November 1928 the Norwester was towed out into Bass Strait by the tug Minah and positioned in the Ships' Graveyard for scuttling. The explosive charges didn't do their job and the hulk was allowed to drift ashore just west of London Bridge, and just west of the Sierra Nevada shipwreck.

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

Latitude: 38° 19.833′ S   (38.330555° S / 38° 19′ 50″ S)
Longitude: 144° 41.433′ E   (144.690555° E / 144° 41′ 26″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-12 05:45:38 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: London Bridge, 151 m, bearing 52°, NE
Iron clipper sailing barque, 567 ton.
Built: Glasgow, Scotland, 1864.
Scuttled: 21 November 1928.
Depth: 2 m.

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