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The Petriana shipwreck lies in shallow water in pieces around 200 metres off Point Nepean. Being so close to The Heads the site is influence by strong cross currents and is often swelly and surgy. The wreck remains are very scattered, but the bow is relatively intact in 3 metres of water, pointing towards the shore. The Petriana wreck can be heavily sanded over at times.

The Petriana is significant historically as a shipwreck that became a focus in Australian politics for the treatment of its Lascar (Indo-Malay) crew under the White Australia policy. It was also Victoria's, and Australia's first oil spill, with catastrophic environmental consequences. The remains of the SS Petriana represent the increasing use of fuel oils, and the use of specially made bulk oil transport ships.

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

This site lies in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park. The park is made up of six separate marine areas around the southern end of Port Phillip: Swan Bay, Mud Islands, Point Lonsdale, Point Nepean, Popes Eye, and Portsea Hole.

See also, Parks Victoria: Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park,
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park - Map (PDF 1.4 MB),
Divers Guide - Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park (Adobe PDF | 7.72 MB), and
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park Identification Booklet (Adobe PDF | 16.34 MB).

Latitude: 38° 18.630′ S   (38.3105° S / 38° 18′ 37.8″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.340′ E   (144.655667° E / 144° 39′ 20.4″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2020-05-17 04:55:11 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Nepean Bay Inner West, 709 m, bearing 1°, N
Ship, 1821 ton.
Sunk: 28 November 1903.
Depth: 3 to 6 m.

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The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.

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