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Wooden Sailing Schooner | Max Depth: 6 metres (20 feet)

The schooner Omega entered the West Channel in foggy weather too far to the east of the West Channel Pile Light. Despite steering the correct course the vessel went aground on the eastern bank of the West Channel. The captain could not see the buoys at the time due to the foggy weather.

The tug Rescue attempted tow the vessel free but the Omega filled with water. The remains were sold for six pounds. The Omega had recently had a thorough overhaul before its last voyage. Vessel and cargo insured (sum not known). Register closed 30 Nov. 1897 Charge of misconduct preferred against Capt. Carr not sustained by Court of Marine Inquiry but cautioned him to be more careful in future - error of judgement.

The Omega is archaeologically significant as the well preserved remains of a small Australian-built coastal trading vessel typical of the fleet that sailed around south-eastern Australia i.e.: representative of a type.

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

Latitude: 38° 13.473′ S   (38.22455° S / 38° 13′ 28.38″ S)
Longitude: 144° 44.118′ E   (144.7353° E / 144° 44′ 7.08″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-11 02:36:01 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Swallow, 1,869 m, bearing 189°, S
Wooden Sailing Schooner.
Built: 1893.
Sunk: 1 October 1887.
Depth: 6 m.

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