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Pioneer

Wreck DiveWreck Dive | Boat access

Outside Port Phillip Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Sand Dredge | Max Depth: 50 metres (164 feet) — Graveyard

Pioneer
Pioneer
© Unknown

The Pioneer (aka SS Pioneer) was a steel steam driven pump driven sand dredge. She was built in Glasgow, Scotland for the Victorian Dept of Board of Works in 1905. The Pioneer was scuttled on 9 March 1950.

There is limited penetration of the Pioneer along the sides, stern and bow of the shipwreck and both props are still present.

Pioneer Docked
Pioneer Docked
© Unknown

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 51.8 metres (170 feet), beam 11.34 metres (37 feet) and draught 3.14 metres (10 feet) giving a displacement weight of 543 tonne (599 short tons).

See also Wikipedia: SS Pioneer (1905),
Australian National Shipwreck Database: Pioneer, and
Heritage Council Victoria: Pioneer.

Findling the Pioneer

The GPS marks we know of in circulation for the Pioneer shipwreck are:

  • Alan Beckhurst / Rowan Stevens:
    Latitude: 38° 20.366′ S   (38.339433° S / 38° 20′ 21.96″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 26.378′ E   (144.439633° E / 144° 26′ 22.68″ E)
  • Victoria's Ships' Graveyard:
    Latitude: 38° 20.381′ S   (38.33967833° S / 38° 20′ 22.84″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 26.373′ E   (144.43955833° E / 144° 26′ 22.41″ E)
  • Australian National Shipwreck Database:
    Latitude: 38° 20.400′ S   (38.34° S / 38° 20′ 24″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 26.400′ E   (144.44° E / 144° 26′ 24″ E)

Latitude: 38° 20.366′ S   (38.339433° S / 38° 20′ 21.96″ S)
Longitude: 144° 26.378′ E   (144.439633° E / 144° 26′ 22.68″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-12 06:05:42 GMT
Source: Alan Beckhurst GPS (verified).
Nearest Neighbour: H.C. Piggot, 528 m, bearing 181°, S
Steel steam dredge, 543 ton.
Built: Newark, Glasgow, Scotland, 1905.
Scuttled: 9 March 1950.
Depth: 46 to 50 m.



DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

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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