White Pine

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Outside Port Phillip Ships Graveyard Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Passenger and Cargo Carrier then Coal Hulk | Max Depth: 57 metres (187 feet) — Graveyard

White Pine
White Pine
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The White Pine was originally built in 1879 as the Quathlamba in Aberdeen, Scotland. She was a three masted iron sailing barque. She was sold in 1895 and registered at the Hazel Craig in 1905, operating between Australia and New Zealand.

The White Pine had wonderful sailing abilities and was renown for making fast passages like sailing from Melbourne to Newcastle in less than 70 hours.

White Pine
White Pine
© Unknown

Purchased by the Melbourne Harbor Trust in 1916, she was converted into a coal lighter and named the White Pine. Later she was converted into a coal hulk.

The White Pine was towed by the tug Swiftness on 14 January 1947 out into Bass Strait where she was scuttled using explosives in the Victorian Ships' Graveyard.

The bow of the White Pine shipwreck is mostly intact and there are some very prominent boilers.

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 51.18 metres (168 feet), beam 8.87 metres (29 feet) and draught 4.15 metres (14 feet) giving a displacement weight of 467 tonne (515 short tons).

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

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 heritage.victoria@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Finding the White Pine

Over the years we've been provided with different GPS marks for the White Pine. The GPS marks we know of in circulation for the White Pine are:

  • Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
    Latitude: 38° 21.979′ S   (38.366322° S / 38° 21′ 58.76″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 25.047′ E   (144.417452° E / 144° 25′ 2.83″ E)
  • Dive Victoria:
    Latitude: 38° 21.960′ S   (38.366° S / 38° 21′ 57.6″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 25.048′ E   (144.4174667° E / 144° 25′ 2.88″ E)

    36 m, bearing 2°, N

Traditional Owners — This dive site does not lie in the acknowledged traditional Country of any first peoples of Australia.


White Pine Location Map

Latitude: 38° 21.979′ S   (38.366322° S / 38° 21′ 58.76″ S)
Longitude: 144° 25.047′ E   (144.417452° E / 144° 25′ 2.83″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-07-16 08:29:50 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Bunyip, 963 m, bearing 128°, SE
Iron sailing lighter, 467 ton.
Built: Aberdeen, Scotland, 1879.
Scuttled: 14 January 1947.
Depth: 48 to 57 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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