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Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site

Wooden Schooner | Max Depth: 1 m (3.28 ft)

The Wave was a wooden schooner lost at Port Albert in 1859.

Wave Sinking — Wrecked 11 December 1859

The Wave was chartered to carry stone to be used in improving the roads around Port Albert and Tarraville. Under the command of Captain Francis Marsh, the Wave approached the Port Albert bar with a load from Corner Inlet, but was forced to anchor due to a strong north-west wind. After riding safely at anchor for three hours, the cable parted and the Wave was blown onto a sandbank, becoming a total wreck on 11 December 1859.

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

Heritage Warning: Any shipwreck or shipwreck relic that is 75 years or older is protected by legislation. Other items of maritime heritage 75 years or older are also protected by legislation. Activities such as digging for bottles, coins or other artefacts that involve the disturbance of archaeological sites may be in breach of the legislation, and penalties may apply. The legislation requires the mandatory reporting to Heritage Victoria as soon as practicable of any archaeological site that is identified. See Maritime heritage. Anyone with information about looting or stolen artefacts should call Heritage Victoria on (03) 7022 6390, or send an email to

Bass Strait Warning: Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any shore or boat dive in Bass Strait on Victoria's coastline. Please read the warnings on the web page diving-in-bass-strait before diving or snorkelling this site.

Gunaikurnai country
Gunaikurnai country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Gunaikurnai people of south-eastern Victoria including a large part of Gippsland. This truly ancient Country includes the coastal and inland areas to the southern slopes of the Victorian Alps, plus Buchan Caves, Port Albert, Moe, Morwell, Traralgon, Yarrum, Sale, Mafra, Bairnsdale, and Lakes Entrance. It also stretches 100 metres out to sea from low tide. "Gunaikurnai" is a name adopted by the people of the Brataualung, Brayakaulung, Brabralung, Krauatungalung and Tatungalung family clans. We wish to acknowledge the Gunaikurnai as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging.


Wave Location Map

Latitude: 38° 45.504′ S   (38.7584° S / 38° 45′ 30.24″ S)
Longitude: 146° 40.797′ E   (146.67995° E / 146° 40′ 47.82″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-27 00:32:04 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Clonmel, 1,612 m, bearing 353°, N
Wooden Schooner.
Sunk: 11 December 1859.
Depth: 1 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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