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Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site

Wooden Sailing Barque.

When the Victoria ran onto the bar at Port Albert on 25 February 1863, it broke up rapidly drowning most of the cargo of livestock. The timber in the hull was later found to be rotten although the vessel was only five years old.

After lying wind bound behind the Port Albert bar, the barque Victoria attempted to leave for a voyage to New Zealand with a cargo of livestock. The discoloured state of the water caused by floods, and the absence of channel buoys which had all been washed away, made the channel difficult to navigate. The vessel struck the bar and began to take water. As the tide rose, the waves began to break over the vessel and it was abandoned, breaking up soon after. Mariners at Port Albert were surprised by the rapidity at which the vessel disintegrated. Later, timber samples brought from the wreck were found to be badly decayed, even though the vessel was supposed to be only five years old.

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

Latitude: 38° 43.014′ S   (38.7169° S / 38° 43′ 0.84″ S)
Longitude: 146° 33.554′ E   (146.559233° E / 146° 33′ 33.24″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2019-02-24 22:22:54 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-12 13:37:18 GMT
Source: Unknown
Nearest Neighbour: Albert, 9,355 m, bearing 111°, ESE
Wooden Sailing Barque.
Built: Glasgow, Scotland, 1858.
Sunk: 25 February 1863.

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