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Wooden Clipper Sailing Ship | Max Depth: 9 metres (30 feet)

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Schomberg was a three masted wooden clipper ship, built in 1855 at Aberdeen, Scotland. The Schomberg story was almost the nineteenth century's Titanic, built at great expense, labeled the most perfect clipper ship ever built, and designed to be the most comfortable vessel to sail to Melbourne, and sinking on its maiden voyage in 1855.

Diving the Schomberg

The remains of the Shomberg now lie in 9 metres (30 feet) of water south-east of Shomberg Rock off Peterborough. The weck runs north-south along a reef, with its bow to the north.

The site is badly broken up and heavily concreted. Small artefacts such as buttons, and shoe and belt buckles are cemented into a matrix of limestone.

No hull structure is visible but divers can see a large number of railway tracks which lie lengthways following the contours of the reef. Large railways following the contours of the reef. Large railway girders are also visible.

Large iron tanks, iron pots, a mast and deck stanchions can be seen at the wreck site.

The site is covered by various seaweeds and plenty of reef fish now inhabit the wreck.

Schomberg Dive Site Map
Schomberg Dive Site Map | © Victorian Archaeological Survey

South-easterly and southerly windes expose the shipwreck to dangerous swells making diving unpleasant and anchorage unsafe.

Schomberg History

Schomberg was a large clipper ship built in 1855 for James Baines' famous Black Ball Line. Schomberg has historical significance as one of the luxurious ships built to bring emigrants to Australia, cashing in on the gold rush era. The clipper is one of only three clipper wrecks in Victorian waters that operated the England to Australia run. While the other two, Empress of the Sea and Lightening, were built by the famous American shipbuilder, Donald MacKay, Schomberg was built in Aberdeen. It was an attempt to build a faster ship than MacKay and a vessel fast enough to break the sailing record to Australia. Schomberg never got the chance to break any records, sinking on its maiden voyage to Australia (Heritage Victoria 2010).

See also, Wikipedia: Schomberg (1855),
Australian National Shipwreck Database: Schomberg,
Heritage Council Victoria: Schomberg, and
Dive Information Sheet: Schomberg (1855-1855) (Adobe PDF | 604.27 KB).

Latitude: 38° 37.000′ S   (38.616667° S / 38° 37′ 0″ S)
Longitude: 142° 53.180′ E   (142.886333° E / 142° 53′ 10.8″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-20 06:22:51 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Newfield, 2,455 m, bearing 112°, ESE
Three masted wooden clipper.
Built: 1855.
Sunk: 1855.
Depth: 9 m.

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