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SS Cheviot

Wreck DiveWreck Dive | Boat access

Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site

Passenger Screw Steamer | Max Depth: 7 metres (23 feet)

SS Cheviot
SS Cheviot
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The screw steamer SS Cheviot (aka Cheviot), was a typical coastal trading passenger and cargo steamship. On her way to Sydney on 19 October 1887, she had barely cleared Port Phillip Heads when her propeller blades were sheared off against the rocks which left her floundering. The efforts of the captain and crew to regain control failed in the heavy seas.

The SS Cheviot was washed onto rocks in what is now known as Cheviot Bay on the back beaches of the Mornington Peninsula. She broke up rapidly in the rough seas, and only 24 out of her 69 passengers and crew were saved. It's the worst shipwreck to have occurred at Port Phillip Heads in terms of loss of life. (In 1967, Cheviot Bay became famous as the site of the disappearance of the serving Prime Minister Harold Holt.)

The wreck site is highly prone to surge and turbulence. The wreckage is widely scattered as a result of the terrible beating it gets from the weather, plus from blasting operations undertaken in the 1960s by divers obtaining scrap metal.

Built by Charles Mitchell and Co., of Low Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, England in 1870, she was wrecked in 1887 in rough seas near Point Nepean in Victoria, Australia, after the propeller was disabled. The overall length of the vessel was approximately 70.15 metres (230 feet) and beam 9.8 metres (32 feet) giving a displacement weight of 1,226 tonne (1,351 short tons).

See WillyWeather as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

See also Wikipedia: SS Cheviot,
Australian National Shipwreck Database: SS Cheviot,
Heritage Council Victoria: SS Cheviot, and
Heritage Victoria slide collection on flickr: Cheviot.

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 | 6.54 MB), and
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park Identification Booklet (Adobe PDF | 5.64 MB).

Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any dive on the Back Beaches of the Mornington Peninsula. Please read the warnings on the web page Diving the Back Beaches before diving or snorkelling this site.

If you're looking for the Cheviot wreck in Waterloo Bay at Wilsons Promontory, please see Cheviot.

Latitude: 38° 18.840′ S   (38.314° S / 38° 18′ 50.4″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.850′ E   (144.664167° E / 144° 39′ 51″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-05 05:41:17 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Petriana, 838 m, bearing 297°, WNW
Passenger steamer, 1226 ton.
Sunk: 19 October 1887.
Depth: 0 to 7 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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