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Inside Western Port Open Water Rated Phillip Island Wreck Dive Site

Twin Screw Steam Launch | Max Depth: 18 metres (59 feet)

The steam launch Vixen (aka SS Vixen) during her heyday between 1887 and 1915 was a passenger and cargo ferry operating from San Remo around Westernport.

The Vixen lies on a sandy bottom at a depth of 18 metres about one mile north west of Cowes Jetty, Phillip Island. The rudder post and engine are clearly visible on the site, which stretches out over approximately 20 metres. There also are some frames with planking and sheathing attached, a scupper, iron plating, broken glass and cables.

Vixen History

The Vixen was built in 1886 at Lavender Bay, Sydney by James Halstead. She was schooner rigged, wooden framed, twin screw steamer with one deck, elliptical stern, carvel built, straight head vessel with no galleries. The Vixen measured 58.8 feet (18 metres) long, 15 feet (4.6 metres) wide and 5.6 feet (1.7 metres) deep.

On 20 July 1917, Vixen sprang a leak while being towed from Cowes to Melbourne for overhauling and repainting. An unsuccessful attempt was made to beach the vessel at Rhyll, but it foundered about one mile north west of Cowes Jetty.

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

Cowes Map
Cowes Map | © Parks Victoria

Latitude: 38° 26.700′ S   (38.445° S / 38° 26′ 42″ S)
Longitude: 145° 14.100′ E   (145.235° E / 145° 14′ 6″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2019-04-26 01:58:19 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-09 03:55:58 GMT
Source: Australian National Shipwreck Database
Nearest Neighbour: Cunningham Bay, 7,029 m, bearing 176°, S
Vixen, Twin Screw Steam Launch.
Built: 1886, Lavender Bay, Sydney.
Sunk: 20 July 1917.
Depth: 18 m.

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