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Cargo Carrier and Coal Hulk | Max Depth: 65 metres (213 feet) — Graveyard

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The Werfa was an iron steamer built to carry coal. Built in Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK in 1883 for the Werfa Steam Ship Company Ltd of Cardiff, Wales. On 5 August 1925 the visiting American destroyer, USS MacDonough, sank her in Victoria Dock, as the American Fleet left Melbourne. She was raised and finally scuttled on the 20 March 1929.

There are many swim throughs on the shipwreck. The stern is quite distinct with iron rectangles. You can go down to the stern to investigate the rudder which is fully intact.

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The overall length of the vessel was approximately 65.8 metres (216 feet), beam 9.2 metres (30 feet) and draught 4.72 metres (15 feet) giving a displacement weight of 570 tonne (628 short tons).

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

Latitude: 38° 21.380′ S   (38.356327° S / 38° 21′ 22.78″ S)
Longitude: 144° 34.039′ E   (144.567317° E / 144° 34′ 2.34″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-12 07:31:32 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Leeuwin, 561 m, bearing 325°, NW
Iron sailing steam lighter, 862 ton.
Built: Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK, 1883.
Scuttled: 20 March 1929.
Depth: 62 to 65 m.

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