Melbourne Wreck Dives

Melbourne Wreck Dives by The Scuba Doctor

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Diving the Ships' Graveyard, Victoria, Australia
Diving Victoria's Ships' Graveyard
© Mary Malloy & Alan Beckhurst

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia has a rich maritime history. This has resulted in more than 800 ships coming to grief in Victoria waters with only about 30% of them having been found. Plus, there is an extensive Ships' Graveyard of scuttled shipwrecks south of Melbourne in Bass Strait, not far from the entrance to Port Phillip Bay and the Port of Melbourne.

The shipwreck dives on this page are divided up into the following sections:

For more shipwreck dives in Victoria, see Victoria Wreck Dives, and Victorian Shipwreck Protected Zones.

Note: Click on images to see larger versions.

ex HMAS Canberra

Wreck Dive Boat access
Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site


Join seals, seahorses and stingrays on a dive below the waves of Bass Strait. Explore the decks and galleys of the wrecked HMAS Canberra — Victoria's first artificial reef created for the sole purpose of diving.

HMAS Canberra FFG 02 in 2002
HMAS Canberra FFG 02 bow on
© Department of Defence

The ex HMAS Canberra dive site is the first artificial reef specifically created for diving in Victoria. It lies in approximately 28 metres of water, with the top of the mast about 5 metres below the surface at low tide. The site provides opportunities for divers with varying levels of experience and certification, from open water level certificates to advanced wreck divers, to enjoy this site.

You can learn more about the ex HMAS Canberra on the following web pages:

Parks Victoria Dive Site Maps
Parks Victoria Dive Site Maps
© Parks Victoria

Divers are able to access the superstructure of all decks. Highlights are the junior mess mural, the captain's cabin, the bridge, galley, mess decks and operations room. These areas have been left as intact as possible to create additional interest for divers, plus nooks and crannies for creatures. Please note that this can make the dive more challenging. Please don't scavenge from the ex HMAS Canberra. It's illegal. Plus, if you do, it won't be long before you destroy the thing you came to see.


Ex HMAS Canberra Shipwreck from Alan Beckhurst on Vimeo.

Parks Victoria Scuttling Survey
Parks Victoria Scuttling Survey
© Parks Victoria

To see the whole 138 metres (453 feet) long, 14.3 metres (47 feet) beam, 4,100 tonne (4,519 short tons) displacement ex HMAS Canberra FFG-02 ship, you'll want to do at least 20 dives, but you can certainly get a feel for the majesty of the wreck after even a few dives.

See also Wikipedia: HMAS Canberra (FFG_02).

Latitude: 38° 17.987′ S   (38.299783° S / 38° 17′ 59.22″ S)
Longitude: 144° 32.610′ E   (144.5435° E / 144° 32′ 36.6″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 09:09:42 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: J4 26m Submarine, 1,760 m, bearing 89°, E
FFG-7 Class Guided Missile Frigate, 138m, 4100 ton.
Built: Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Launched: 1 December 1978.
Scuttled: 2 pm on Sunday, 4 October 2009.
Depth: 4 to 32 m.

 

Victoria's Ships' Graveyard

Victorian Ships' Graveyard
Victorian Ships' Graveyard
© Rowan D. Stevens

South of Melbourne there is a Ships' Graveyard. It's located 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) east of Torquay's Fisherman's Beach through to Point Lonsdale. There are 46 known wrecks to choose from. They consist of tugs, dredges, barges, lighters, coastal freighter, World War One submarines, a paddle steamer plus a patrol boat. Many of these vessels were stripped down and scuttled by an explosive charge or an opened valve cock, and many remain fairly intact to this day.

Victoria's Ships' Graveyard
Victoria's Ships' Graveyard
© Scuttlebutt Press

These vessels were decommissioned from the early 1900s through to 1999 and range in depth from 30 metres (98 feet) to 82 metres (269 feet). Penetration can be had on some wrecks, and there is little tidal current or shipping to be concerned with so wrecks can be dived at any time of the day. The main constraints are wind strength and the size of the swell.

The best reference work on these wrecks is:
"Victoria's Ships' Graveyard"
Authors: Mark Ryan, Peter Taylor & Mick Whitmore
Published: 2009 by Scuttlebutt Press
ISBN: 9780980590203
Status: Out of print.


Alert

Wreck Dive Boat access

Historic shipwreck protected zone. Permit Required.

SS Alert is historically significant as one of the worst maritime wrecks in Victorian history, with the deaths of 15 of the 16 people on board the vessel. It is archaeologically significant as no official salvage has taken place and the ship still contains the crew and passengers? personal effects, enabling an understanding of life at sea on a coastal trading vessel. It also carried a small but varied cargo which may provide information about general coastal trading at the end of the 1800s. Further study of the hull may reveal technical details of iron shipbuilding as shipbuilders were known to deviate off ships? plans at this time. Developments in diving and scientific equipment mean Alert is scientifically significant as a subject for national and international shipwreck corrosion studies. SS Alert is a rare example of an iron coastal trading vessel that has not been officially salvaged, scuttled or looted and representative of the iron vessels engaged in coastal trade around the southern coast of Australia in the late 1800s.

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

Latitude: 38° 29.217′ S   (38.486944° S / 38° 29′ 13″ S)
Longitude: 144° 45.033′ E   (144.750556° E / 144° 45′ 2″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-14 20:23:45 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Craigburn, 10,725 m, bearing 16°, NNE
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.

Auriga

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

3 Masted Iron Barque | Max Depth: 57 metres (187 feet) — Graveyard

Auriga
Auriga
© Unknown

The Auriga was an iron barque that had previously been involved in the Australian to New Zealand trade and coal trade. It was used by the Melbourne Harbour Trust as a hulk until it was scuttled.

Built in 1869 and scuttled on 5 February 1930, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 50.1 metres (164 feet), beam 8.6 metres (28 feet) and draught 5.3 metres (17 feet) with a displacement weight of 490 tonne (540 short tons).

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

Latitude: 38° 20.771′ S   (38.346175° S / 38° 20′ 46.23″ S)
Longitude: 144° 34.210′ E   (144.570168° E / 144° 34′ 12.6″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:42:57 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Campana, 178 m, bearing 209°, SSW
3 mast iron barque, 540 ton.
Built: Sunderland, UK, 1869.
Scuttled: 5 February 1930.
Depth: 55 to 57 m.

Batman

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Steam Hopper Barge | Max Depth: 46 metres (151 feet) — Graveyard

Batman
Batman
© Unknown

Sister vessel to the Fawkner.

The armed steam hopper barge Batman and its sister ship Fawkner were operated by the Melbourne Harbour Trust, and added to the Victorian Colonial Navy in 1883 as naval auxiliary vessels. Both the Batman and Fawkner were first armed in 1885 with one six inch gun and two Nordenfelt machine guns, and their engine rooms were protected with armour plating.

Built in 1883 and scuttled on 21 May 1935, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 47.7 metres (156 feet), beam 8 metres (26 feet) and draught 3.7 metres (12 feet) with a displacement weight of 352 tonne (388 short tons).

She now lies facing north south with her bow toward the north.

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

Latitude: 38° 21.306′ S   (38.3551° S / 38° 21′ 18.36″ S)
Longitude: 144° 24.659′ E   (144.410983° E / 144° 24′ 39.54″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:43:53 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Dunloe, 667 m, bearing 261°, W
A steam driven iron hopper barge, 388 ton.
Built: Portsmouth, England, 1883.
Scuttled: 21 May 1935.
Depth: 42 to 46 m.

Bayonet

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Attack Class Patrol Boat | Max Depth: 82 metres (269 feet) — Graveyard

Bayonet
Bayonet
© John Mitchell

The HMAS Bayonet (P 101) was laid down at Maryborough, Queensland in 1968. She was designed to travel of speeds up to 24 knots and has 20 identical sister ships. After being launched on 6 November 1968 she was commissioned on 22nd February 1969 and assigned for coastal patrol duties. She continued her service as a patrol boat for many years until being used as a training vessel for new cadets. The Navy scuttled the Bayonette on 23 September 1999 in deep water off Cape Schanck.

Built in 1968 and scuttled on 23 September 1999, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 32.6 metres (107 feet), beam 6.1 metres (20 feet) with a displacement weight of 150 tonne (165 short tons).

The wreck site was located on 23 December 2001 by the Red October Group, being the culmination of 12 months planning and lead up dives.

See also Wikipedia: HMAS Bayonet (P 101), Australian National Shipwreck Database: Bayonet, and Heritage Council Victoria: Bayonet.

Latitude: 38° 43.050′ S   (38.7175° S / 38° 43′ 3″ S)
Longitude: 144° 35.250′ E   (144.5875° E / 144° 35′ 15″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:44:31 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Alert, 29,292 m, bearing 28°, NNE
ex HMAS Bayonet, Australian Navy Attack class patrol boat, 150 ton.
Built: Queensland, 1968.
Sunk: 21 September 1999.
Depth: 82 m.

Beverwijk 19

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Steam Dredge | Max Depth: 46 metres (151 feet) — Graveyard

Beverwyk 19
Beverwyk 19
© Unknown

The Beverwyk 19 (Beverwijk 19) was built in 1912 and scuttled on 7 May 1963. A steam powered, steel hulled suction cutter dredge, with a displacement weight of 319 tonne (352 short tons), it was bought to Australia in the 1950s to carry out various dredging projects in Port Phillip.

She lies with her bow pointing toward Barwon Heads. The suction pipe is still prominent on the bow section as is a lot of her pumping gear.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Beverwijk 19, and Australian National Shipwreck Database: Beverwijk 19.

Latitude: 38° 21.120′ S   (38.352° S / 38° 21′ 7.2″ S)
Longitude: 144° 25.171′ E   (144.419517° E / 144° 25′ 10.26″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:45:12 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Fawkner, 519 m, bearing 157°, SSE
A steam powered, steel hulled suction cutter dredge, 319 ton.
Built: 1912.
Scuttled: 7 May 1963.
Depth: 42 to 46 m.

Birch Grove

Barque, Lighter

Built in 1856 and scuttled on 8 February 1932, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 41.67 metres (137 feet), beam 8.6 metres (28 feet) and draught 5.7 metres (19 feet) with a displacement weight of 470 tonne (518 short tons).

Location: Nobbies, Phillip Island

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Birchgrove.


Brunette

Wreck Dive Boat access

Iron Barque, Coal Hulk | Max Depth: 70 metres (230 feet) — Graveyard

The Brunette was built in 1859 at Deptford, UK and originally named Pride of the West. In January 1892 the Brunette's days as a deep water square rigger were over and she was converted to a coal hulk. After 54 years of service, the former barque Brunette was towed out to sea and scuttled in the ship's graveyard in Juy 1913.

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 43 metres (141 feet), beam 7.7 metres (25 feet) and draught 4.8 metres (16 feet) with a displacement weight of 349 tonne (385 short tons).

Found in January 2006 by the Southern Ocean Exploration group.

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

Latitude: 38° 22.341′ S   (38.372351° S / 38° 22′ 20.46″ S)
Longitude: 144° 32.006′ E   (144.533428° E / 144° 32′ 0.34″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-14 22:52:04 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: John Nimmo, 2,213 m, bearing 62°, ENE
3 mast, iron barque, coal hulk, 385 ton.
Built: Deptford, UK, 1859.
Scuttled: July 1913.

Buninyong

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Iron Hulled Steamship | Max Depth: 54 metres (177 feet) — Graveyard

Buninyong
Buninyong
© Unknown

The Buninyong was a popular passenger vessel in her time operating on the Melbourne to Sydney run. Later she was converted to a cargo vessel. After a career spanning more than 40 years, the Buninyong was withdrawn from service, stripped of fittings and scuttled in the Ships' Graveyard.

Built in 1883 and scuttled on 11 February 1926, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 85.3 metres (280 feet), beam 11.6 metres (38 feet) and draught 6.2 metres (20 feet) with a displacement weight of 1,883 tonne (2,076 short tons).

She now lies with her bow facing toward Barwon heads. She has three distinctive boilers: 2 large and 1 small.

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

Latitude: 38° 20.224′ S   (38.337072° S / 38° 20′ 13.46″ S)
Longitude: 144° 31.041′ E   (144.517342° E / 144° 31′ 2.43″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:46:03 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Rotomahana, 2,520 m, bearing 40°, NE
SS Buninyong, Iron hulled steamship, 2076 ton.
Built: Barrow-in-Furness, UK, 1883.
Scuttled: 11 February 1926.
Depth: 50 to 54 m.

Bunyip

Wreck Dive Boat access

Steam Driven Iron Dredge | Max Depth: 58 metres (190 feet) — Graveyard

Bunyip
Bunyip
© Unknown

After working as a dredge for 42 years, the Bunyip was converted into a lighter. In 1954, while loaded with wool, the vessel blew ashore on the sea wall at Princes Pier, breaking its back. The following year it was towed to the Ships' Graveyard and scuttled.

Built in 1879 and scuttled on 13 April 1955, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 48.9 metres (160 feet), beam 8.6 metres (28 feet) and draught 3 metres (9.8 feet) with a displacement weight of 287 tonne (316 short tons).

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

Latitude: 38° 22.305′ S   (38.371758° S / 38° 22′ 18.33″ S)
Longitude: 144° 25.563′ E   (144.426057° E / 144° 25′ 33.81″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-14 22:53:59 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: D McLennan, 716 m, bearing 58°, ENE
Steam driven, iron dredge/lighter, 317 ton.
Built: Renfrew, Scotland, 1879.
Scuttled: 13 April 1955.
Depth: 58 m.

Burke

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Steam Hopper Barge | Max Depth: 50 metres (164 feet) — Graveyard

Burke
Burke
© Unknown

Sister vessel to the Wills.

The Burke and Wills were built in Adelaide in 1884. They were purchased by the Melbourne Harbor Trust in 1889. The Burke was scuttled on 23 September 1935.

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 39 metres (128 feet), beam 9 metres (30 feet) and draught 2.9 metres (9.5 feet) with a displacement weight of 313 tonne (345 short tons).

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

Latitude: 38° 20.999′ S   (38.349987° S / 38° 20′ 59.95″ S)
Longitude: 144° 25.982′ E   (144.433037° E / 144° 25′ 58.93″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:46:39 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Euro, 500 m, bearing 19°, NNE
Steam hopper barge, 345 ton.
Built: Adelaide, South Australia, 1876.
Scuttled: 23 September 1935.
Depth: 50 m.

Campana

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

3 Masted Barque, Coal Hulk | Max Depth: 58 metres (190 feet) — Graveyard

Built in 1875 as a three masted sailing ship, the SV Campana was purchased by the Melbourne-based shipping company McIlwraith, McEacharn Ltd, for use as a coal hulk. After outliving this use, the vessel was scuttled in the Ships Graveyard on 30 July 1929.

The bow steelworks are in-tact and provide easy penetration and multiple swim through locations. As the wreck is on the shipping leads it is always subject to shipping.

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 58.5 metres (192 feet), beam 9.7 metres (32 feet) and draught 5.9 metres (19 feet) with a displacement weight of 739 tonne (815 short tons).

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

Latitude: 38° 20.854′ S   (38.347567° S / 38° 20′ 51.24″ S)
Longitude: 144° 34.150′ E   (144.569167° E / 144° 34′ 9″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:47:17 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Auriga, 178 m, bearing 29°, NNE
3 masted Barque, 815 ton.
Built: Liverpool, England, 1875.
Scuttled: 30 July 1929.
Depth: 54 to 56 m.

Casablanca

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

3 Masted Iron Barque, Lighter | Max Depth: 57 metres (187 feet) — Graveyard

Casablanca
Casablanca
© Unknown

Built in 1868, the barque Casablanca was converted into a coal hulk in 1912. After serving in this capacity for Melbourne Steamships until 1950, the vessel was scuttled in the Ships Graveyard on 16 February 1950.

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 52.5 metres (172 feet), beam 8.5 metres (28 feet) and draught 5.3 metres (17 feet) with a displacement weight of 545 tonne (601 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Casablanca.

Latitude: 38° 21.777′ S   (38.362953° S / 38° 21′ 46.63″ S)
Longitude: 144° 26.332′ E   (144.438867° E / 144° 26′ 19.92″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:48:14 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: VHB-53, 298 m, bearing 325°, NW
3 masted iron barque/lighter, 601 ton.
Built: Liverpool, England, 1868.
Scuttled: 16 February 1950.

Coogee

Wreck Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Inside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site

Steel Hulled Steam Ship | Max Depth: 35 metres (115 feet) — Graveyard

Coogee
Coogee
© Unknown

Built as the Lancashire Witch for service between Liverpool and the Isle of Man. She was purchased by Huddart Parker in 1888 and renamed SS Coogee. She was requisitioned by the Royal Australian Navy as a minesweeper in Bass Strait and also as an armed patrol vessel on 20 May 1918 as HMAS Coogee. She was returned to her owners in 1919, before being chartered by the Telegraph Department in 1921 to repair damage to the Bass Strait cable.

A steamship used to transpost cargo and passengers the SS Coogee lies in 35 metres (115 feet) of water approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) offshore between Point Lonsdale and Barwon Heads.

The vessel lies with its bow pointed towards shore (facing north) on a flat limestone and sand seabed. The now rests on the sand at 33 metres (108 feet) and the stern is at 35 metres (115 feet) depth. The bow and stern are the most complete structures of the wreck as most of the midships section is flattened or missing — most likely due to the use of explosives to scuttle the ship.

SS Coogee bow, Victoria, Australia
SS Coogee bow, Victoria
© Mary Malloy & Alan Beckhurst

At the bow, divers can see some of the original ship railings. At the stern, the rudder and rudder quadrant (used to steer the rudder) are still in position. In this area divers will also be able to see the remains of the two decks.

The Coogee's engine was removed prior to the steamship being scuttled on 27 February 1928 using explosive charges. However the engine bed and intact bowlers can be seen amidships. Hatches can be seen in the middle of the ship on the centre line.

Built in 1887 and scuttled on 27 February 1928, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 68.5 metres (225 feet), beam 9.2 metres (30 feet) and draught 4.1 metres (13 feet) with a displacement weight of 691 tonne (762 short tons).


Coogee Wreck from Alan Beckhurst on Vimeo.

See also Wikipedia: HMAS Coogee,
Heritage Council Victoria: SS Coogee, and
Dive Information Sheet: SS Coogee (1887-1928) (Adobe PDF | 276.15 KB).

Latitude: 38° 18.421′ S   (38.307022° S / 38° 18′ 25.28″ S)
Longitude: 144° 34.306′ E   (144.571767° E / 144° 34′ 18.36″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:49:07 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: J5 Yellow Submarine, 503 m, bearing 212°, SSW
SS Coogee, Steam ship, 762 ton.
Built: Sunderland, UK, 1887.
Scuttled: 27 February 1928.
Depth: 28 to 34 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE, Ebb, Flood.

Courier

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Subject to Shipping Slack Water Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Steel Hulled Steam Ship | Max Depth: 42 metres (138 feet) — Graveyard

Courier
Courier
© Unknown

The steel steamer Courier was launched in 1887 and spent her entire working life on Port Phillip Bay. In 1927 the Courier was sold to Melbourne ship-breakers and stripped of valuable fittings. On 29 March 1928 she was scuttled north-east of the Ships' Graveyard. She now lies in 42 metres (138 feet) of water, and is an accessible dive to deep-trained recreational divers.

Courier stern, Victoria, Australia
Courier stern, Victoria
© Mary Malloy & Alan Beckhurst

As with many of the wrecks in the Ships' Graveyard, the hull has mostly collapsed. The bow and stern sections are lying over to starboard and are the best preserved parts of the hull. The foredeck still retains a considerable amount of planking, a few deck fittings and some railing on the starboard side. This deck area is quite large and is an impressive sight, standing approximately seven metres off the bottom.

Immediately behind this, the hull has totally collapsed, leaving the main deck hatch coaming sitting on the bottom. Behind this are the two boilers sitting in line. On days with good visibility the dark shape of the stern can just be seen in the distance, although to see this close up requires a separate dive. The stem is also an impressive sight, but it is less structurally intact than the bow. The shape of the vessel's counter stern is still recognisable, and just forward of this, there is the remains of some superstructure.


SS Courier Wreck from Alan Beckhurst on Vimeo.

Built in 1887 and scuttled on 29 March 1929, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 67.3 metres (221 feet), beam 9.1 metres (30 feet) and draught 3.8 metres (12 feet) with a displacement weight of 660 tonne (728 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Courier, and MAAV: S.S. Courier 1887-1928.

Latitude: 38° 19.488′ S   (38.324797° S / 38° 19′ 29.27″ S)
Longitude: 144° 34.920′ E   (144.582008° E / 144° 34′ 55.23″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:49:52 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Lost Reef, 860 m, bearing 0°, N
SS Courier, Steel hulled steam ship, 728 ton.
Built: Wallsend-on-Tyne, England, 1887.
Scuttled: 29 March 1929.
Depth: 37 to 42 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.

D McLennan

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Steam Driven Dredge | Max Depth: 58 metres (190 feet) — Graveyard

D McLennan
D McLennan
© Melbourne Harbor Trust

The D. McLennan was a Steel Steam Dredge built in Leyden, Holland in 1912. Purchased by the Melbourne Harbour Trust and brought into commission in 1925. The dredge was capable of dredging to 59 feet and it worked on various dredging projects within the port until it was condemned in 1949. After being stripped of all items of value it was scuttled in the Ships Graveyard on 8 June 1949.

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 50.5 metres (166 feet), beam 8.9 metres (29 feet) and draught 2.4 metres (7.9 feet) with a displacement weight of 385 tonne (424 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: D McLennan.

Latitude: 38° 22.104′ S   (38.368392° S / 38° 22′ 6.21″ S)
Longitude: 144° 25.983′ E   (144.433055° E / 144° 25′ 59″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:50:37 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Bunyip, 716 m, bearing 238°, WSW
Steam driven dredge, 424 ton.
Built: Leyden, Holland, 1912.
Scuttled: 8 June 1949.
Depth: 58 m.

Don Diego

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Iron Barque, Coal Hulk | Max Depth: 72 metres (236 feet) — Graveyard

Don Diego
Don Diego
© Unknown

The Don Diego was a 3 masted iron barque built in 1855 in Greenock, Scottland and scuttled on 26 May 1916.

She appears to have been well stripped and was probably only a hulk on scuttling. Bow and stern rise around 4 metres (13 feet) from the seabed with the amidships lying flat.

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 44.4 metres (146 feet), beam 7.4 metres (24 feet) and draught 4.2 metres (14 feet) with a displacement weight of 290 tonne (320 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Don Diego.

Latitude: 38° 23.726′ S   (38.395433° S / 38° 23′ 43.56″ S)
Longitude: 144° 32.055′ E   (144.534253° E / 144° 32′ 3.31″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:51:18 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Brunette, 2,568 m, bearing 358°, N
Iron Barque, Coal Hulk, 320 ton.
Built: Greenock, UK, 1855.
Scuttled: 26 May 1916.
Depth: 70 to 72 m.

Dunloe

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3 Masted Iron Barque, Coal Hulk | Max Depth: 46 metres (151 feet) — Graveyard

Dunloe
Dunloe
© Geoff Nayler

On its last voyage under sail, the full-rigged ship Dunloe sailed from Sydney Heads to Port Phillip Heads in just 40 hours. It was then converted into a coal hulk and served in this capacity from 1909 to 1947 when, at the age of 77, it was scuttled in the Ships' Graveyard.

Built in 1870 and scuttled on 2 July 1947, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 55 metres (180 feet), beam 9.3 metres (31 feet) and draught 5.6 metres (18 feet) with a displacement weight of 639 tonne (704 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Dunloe.

Latitude: 38° 21.360′ S   (38.356° S / 38° 21′ 21.6″ S)
Longitude: 144° 24.205′ E   (144.403417° E / 144° 24′ 12.3″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:51:56 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Batman, 667 m, bearing 81°, E
3 masted iron barque, 704 ton.
Built: Glasgow, Scotland, 1870.
Scuttled: 2 July 1947.
Depth: 44 to 46 m.

Edward Northcote

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Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Steam Hopper Barge | Max Depth: 52 metres (171 feet) — Graveyard

Edward Northcote
Edward Northcote
© Unknown

The Edward Northcote was built in 1912 as a steamship and later converted into a hopper, number 405.

Built in 1911 and scuttled on 6 November 1952, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 48.7 metres (160 feet), beam 8.6 metres (28 feet) and draught 3.8 metres (12 feet) with a displacement weight of 449 tonne (495 short tons).

Lots of the wreck still remains and the props are still on the wreck.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Edward Northcote.

Latitude: 38° 21.369′ S   (38.356157° S / 38° 21′ 22.17″ S)
Longitude: 144° 25.799′ E   (144.429983° E / 144° 25′ 47.94″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:52:58 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Wareatea, 422 m, bearing 101°, E
Steel steam hopper barge, 495 ton.
Built: Paisley, UK, 1911.
Scuttled: 6 November 1952.
Depth: 52 m.

Euro

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Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Steam Tug | Max Depth: 50 metres (164 feet) — Graveyard

Euro
Euro
© Unknown

The steam tug Euro was owned by the Adelaide Steamship Company for most of its working life before being sold to Howard Smith's Australian Steamships, based in Melbourne. After half a century of use, it was stripped of fittings and scuttled in the Ships' Graveyard on 10 June 1948.

Built in 1897 at Dundee, Scotland the overall length of the vessel was approximately 39.6 metres (130 feet), beam 6.9 metres (23 feet) and draught 3.7 metres (12 feet) with a displacement weight of 233 tonne (257 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Euro.

Latitude: 38° 20.744′ S   (38.345738° S / 38° 20′ 44.66″ S)
Longitude: 144° 26.094′ E   (144.434905° E / 144° 26′ 5.66″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-05-05 04:01:22 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified by Ian Scholey, VSAG)
Nearest Neighbour: H.C. Piggot, 434 m, bearing 66°, ENE
Steel screw steamer tug, 257 ton.
Built: Dundee, Scotland, 1897.
Scuttled: 10 June 1948.
Depth: 44 to 50 m.

Fawkner

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Steam Driven Hopper Barge | Max Depth: 46 metres (151 feet) — Graveyard

Fawkner
Fawkner
© Unknown

Sister vessel to the Batman.

The armed steam hopper barge Fawkner and its sister ship Batman were operated by the Melbourne Harbour Trust, and added to the Victorian Colonial Navy in 1883 as naval auxiliary vessels. Both the Fawkner and Batman were first armed in 1885 with one six inch gun and two Nordenfelt machine guns, and their engine rooms were protected with armour plating.

Built in 1883 and scuttled on 20 May 1935, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 46.8 metres (154 feet), beam 8 metres (26 feet) and draught 3.7 metres (12 feet) with a displacement weight of 352 tonne (388 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Fawkner.

Latitude: 38° 21.378′ S   (38.3563° S / 38° 21′ 22.68″ S)
Longitude: 144° 25.310′ E   (144.421833° E / 144° 25′ 18.6″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:54:07 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Beverwijk 19, 519 m, bearing 337°, NNW
Steam driven hopper barge, 388 ton.
Built: Renfrew, Scotland, 1883.
Scuttled: 20 May 1935.
Depth: 44 to 46 m.

Helen

3 Masted Barque, Coal Hulk — Graveyard

Helen
Helen
© Bob Leek

The barque Helen had a career spanning over 70 years. It was a trader, immigrant ship and whaler, but in its later years was reduced to a coal hulk. In 1938 it was towed through Port Phillip heads and cast ashore near Cape Schank to be broken up by the sea.

Built in 1864 and scuttled in March 1938, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 41.2 metres (135 feet), beam 7.7 metres (25 feet) and draught 4.2 metres (14 feet) with a displacement weight of 310 tonne (342 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Helen.


H.C. Piggot

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Steam Driven Hopper Barge | Max Depth: 48 metres (157 feet) — Graveyard

H C Piggot
H C Piggot
© Unknown

The H.C. Piggot (or H.C.Pigott) was a steam driven steel hopper built in 1912 by Fleming and Ferguson, Paisley Scotland.

Scuttled on 14 October 1935, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 48.8 metres (160 feet), beam 8.6 metres (28 feet) and draught 3.8 metres (12 feet) with a displacement weight of 449 tonne (495 short tons).

The hull is listing onto her port side. The superstructure is still recognizable and there is a large anchor sitting on the bow. The prop shafts are visible but there are no props.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: H.C. Piggot.

Latitude: 38° 20.651′ S   (38.344183° S / 38° 20′ 39.06″ S)
Longitude: 144° 26.368′ E   (144.439467° E / 144° 26′ 22.08″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:54:46 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Euro, 434 m, bearing 246°, WSW
Steam driven steel hopper barge, 495 ton.
Built: Paisley, Scotland, 1911.
Scuttled: 14 October 1935.
Depth: 46 to 48 m.

Hume

Steam Tug — Graveyard

Hume
Hume
© Unknown

The Hume steam tug was built in 1922 in Dordrecht, Holland and bought by the Melbourne Harbor Trust in 1925.

Built in 1922 and scuttled in the 1950's, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 18 metres (59 feet), beam 4.7 metres (15 feet) and draught 2 metres (6.6 feet) with a displacement weight of 43 tonne (47 short tons).


Hygeia

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Paddle Steamer | Max Depth: 62 metres (203 feet) — Graveyard

Hygeia
Hygeia
© Unknown

The Hygeia was a steel Paddle steamer built in 1890 by Napier, Shanks and Bell in Yoker (Glasgow). Her owners were the Bay Steamers Ltd, of Melbourne. A comfortable Port Phillip Bay steamer, she could carry 1600 passengers at speeds of up to 20 knots, with promenade decks, saloons, dining rooms, bars and a barber's shop.

Built in 1890 and scuttled on 10 June 1932, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 91.5 metres (300 feet), beam 9.8 metres (32 feet) and draught 3.4 metres (11 feet) with a displacement weight of 894 tonne (985 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Hygeia.

Latitude: 38° 21.017′ S   (38.350275° S / 38° 21′ 0.99″ S)
Longitude: 144° 33.633′ E   (144.560548° E / 144° 33′ 37.97″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:55:22 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Leeuwin, 346 m, bearing 127°, SE
Steel Paddle steamer, 986 ton.
Built: Yorker (Glasgow), Scotland, 1890.
Scuttled: 10 June 1932.
Depth: 58 to 62 m.

John Nimmo

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Outside Port Phillip Bay Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Steam Dredge | Max Depth: 68 metres (223 feet) — Graveyard

John Nimmo
John Nimmo
© Unknown

The John Nimmo was a steel steam dredge built in 1887 for the Melbourne Harbour Trust. In 1893 she was involved in collision with vessel Eddystone in Corio Bay and in the same year and place she was involved in another collision with the vessel Melbourne.

Scuttled on 10 August 1931, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 69.6 metres (228 feet), beam 14.2 metres (47 feet) and draught 4.7 metres (15 feet) giving a displacement weight of 1,097 tonne (1,209 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: John Nimmo.

Latitude: 38° 21.787′ S   (38.363123° S / 38° 21′ 47.24″ S)
Longitude: 144° 33.355′ E   (144.555922° E / 144° 33′ 21.32″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:56:17 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Malaita, 1,052 m, bearing 336°, NNW
Steel steam dredge, 1209 ton.
Built: Footscray, Victoria, 1887.
Scuttled: 10 August 1931.
Depth: 66 to 68 m.

Kingswear

Collier — Graveyard

The Kingswear in the earlier part of its career had been involved coastal trade in Queensland (not mentioned in Parsons, Australian Coastal Passenger Ships) and at some point arrived in Sydney.

The Kingswear was towed from Sydney to Melbourne by the tug Eagle in October 1906, where she was transformed into a floating pumping station. In this role the Kingswear was used in reclamation works at the West Melbourne Swamp, where silt from the old river bed was pumped into the swamp measuring 10 acres in extent. As the water pumped with the silt formed mini-lakes more solid material was required, and clay cut from the Coode Canal Banks was deposited in the river bed for pumping and filling. At the time this was described as "welcome news to bayside municipal councils and yachtsmen, who have for years been complaining that the silt deposited in the bay is eventually washed onto the foreshores" (Age 22/1/1907).

The Kingswear was described as having been in a "rotten state" with a prodigious amount of marine fouling on her hull when finally scuttled on 14 April 1915.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Kingswear.


Leeuwin

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Outside Port Phillip Bay Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Passenger and Cargo Steamer | Max Depth: 62 metres (203 feet) — Graveyard

Leeuwin (Julia Percy)
Leeuwin (Julia Percy)
© Unknown

The Leeuwin, originally named the SS Julia Percy, and was built in Whiteinch, Scotland for the Victorian western district steamship trade to the order of the Warrnambool Steam Packet Company. Ronald Parsons states that, after being sold to Howard Smith in 1896:
"Howard Smith used the vessel in the Queensland coastal trades. Sold in 1903, the ship was transferred to Western Australia as her owner had obtained a local mail contract. In 1906 she was sold to Melbourne S.S. Co. and renamed Leeuwin, but continued in the Western Australian coastal run for some time until converted into a hulk in 1910, as a result of damage caused when she was driven against the jetty at Dongara during a gale." (Parsons, 1979: 82)

Dismantled and sunk in Bass Strait on 28 December 1934 (Argus 29 December 1934). Date of survey: 1925 (Melbourne).

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 66.7 metres (219 feet), beam 7.38 metres (24 feet) and draught 3.96 metres (13 feet) giving a displacement weight of 580 tonne (639 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Leeuwin.

Latitude: 38° 21.129′ S   (38.35215° S / 38° 21′ 7.74″ S)
Longitude: 144° 33.823′ E   (144.563717° E / 144° 33′ 49.38″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:56:53 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Hygeia, 346 m, bearing 307°, NW
Iron screw passenger steamer, 580 ton.
Built: Whiteinch, Scotland, 1976.
Scuttled: 28 December 1932.
Depth: 62 m.

Malaita

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After colliding with the South Melbourne baths on 17 Dec 1926,she was put back into service but was soon withdrawn again and scuttled. Vessel was formerly called ANTILLA. Engines from EXCELSIOR, circa 1919. 4 Bulkheads cemented, 1 deck, water ballast. Engines: Q.4 Cy15", 21", 31" & 43" - 30", 101 NHP. Built under Special Survey. Schooner Rigged, elliptical stern, clincher built.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Malaita.

Latitude: 38° 21.267′ S   (38.354444° S / 38° 21′ 16″ S)
Longitude: 144° 33.067′ E   (144.551111° E / 144° 33′ 4″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-16 02:55:46 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Hygeia, 944 m, bearing 60°, ENE
Steel steamship, 940 ton.
Built: Grangemouth, UK, 1893.
Scuttled: 20 November 1928.

Milora

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Collier | Max Depth: 43 metres (141 feet) — Graveyard

Milora
Milora
© Unknown

The Milora was a Steel screw steamer built in Williamstown Dockyard, Victoria, in 1920 as the Emita for the Commonwealth Government Line of Melbourne. On 21 September 1934, she was inward bound from Newcastle with coal when she ran ashore inside Port Phillip Heads near Queenscliff. She was refloated after most of her cargo had been unloaded and towards Williamstown.

She was eventually sold for scrap and after dismantling was towed out to Bass Strait by the tug James Paterson and scuttled in the ships graveyard, off Port Philip heads, 8 March 1935. She now lies facing North/South (bow South).

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 100.89 metres (331 feet), beam 14.6 metres (48 feet) and draught 7.19 metres (24 feet) giving a displacement weight of 3,347 tonne (3,689 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Milora.

Latitude: 38° 21.102′ S   (38.351705° S / 38° 21′ 6.14″ S)
Longitude: 144° 23.378′ E   (144.389632° E / 144° 23′ 22.68″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:57:46 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Dunloe, 1,293 m, bearing 111°, ESE
Steel steam ship, 3347 ton.
Built: Williamstown, Victoria, 1920.
Scuttled: 8 March 1935.
Depth: 38 to 43 m.

Norwester

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The Norwester went ashore at London Bridge, just west of Sierra Nevada. Hulked 1895.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Norwester.

Latitude: 38° 19.833′ S   (38.330555° S / 38° 19′ 50″ S)
Longitude: 144° 41.433′ E   (144.690555° E / 144° 41′ 26″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-16 03:03:55 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: London Bridge, 151 m, bearing 52°, NE
Iron sailing barque, 567 ton.
Built: Glasgow, Scotland, 1864.
Scuttled: 21 November 1928.
Depth: 2 m.

Pioneer

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Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Sand Dredge | Max Depth: 50 metres (164 feet) — Graveyard

Pioneer
Pioneer
© Unknown

The SS Pioneer was a steel steam driven pump driven sand dredge. She was built in Glascow, Scotland for the Victorian Dept of Board of Works in 1905. She was scuttled on 9 March 1950.

There is limited penetration along the sides, stern and bow of the wreck and both props are both still present.

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 51.8 metres (170 feet), beam 11.34 metres (37 feet) and draught 3.14 metres (10 feet) giving a displacement weight of 543 tonne (599 short tons).

See also Wikipedia: SS Pioneer (1905), and Heritage Council Victoria: Pioneer.

Latitude: 38° 20.366′ S   (38.339433° S / 38° 20′ 21.96″ S)
Longitude: 144° 26.378′ E   (144.439633° E / 144° 26′ 22.68″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-04-11 05:37:44 GMT
Source: Alan Beckhurst GPS (verified).
Nearest Neighbour: H.C. Piggot, 528 m, bearing 181°, S
Steel steam dredge, 543 ton.
Built: Newark, Glasgow, Scotland, 1905.
Scuttled: 9 March 1950.
Depth: 46 to 50 m.

Rotomahana

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Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site

Passenger and Cargo Steamer | Max Depth: 39 metres (128 feet) — Graveyard

Rotomahana
Rotomahana
© Unknown

The SS Rotomahana was completed in 1879 in Dumbarton, Scotland. Said to be the first steel hulled steamer in the world, she had a clipper bow and graceful hull. She served for many years on the Melbourne to New Zealand routes and was known as the "Greyhound of the Pacific" due to her great speed. She was scuttled on 28 May 1928.

Little other than the four massive boilers remain, although there are plenty of steel girders and other debris including the old bowsprit. Some penetration is possible between and underneath the boilers.

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 90.89 metres (298 feet), beam 10.73 metres (35 feet) and draught 7.22 metres (24 feet) giving a displacement weight of 1,777 tonne (1,959 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Rotomahana.

Latitude: 38° 19.191′ S   (38.319857° S / 38° 19′ 11.49″ S)
Longitude: 144° 32.167′ E   (144.536123° E / 144° 32′ 10.04″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:59:19 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: J1 Deep Submarine, 1,588 m, bearing 74°, ENE
Steel ship, had both sail and steam power, 1777 ton.
Built: Dumbarton, Scotland, 1879.
Scuttled: 28 May 1928.
Depth: 35 to 39 m.

Sir William McPherson

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Dredge | Max Depth: 57 metres (187 feet) — Graveyard

Sir William McPherson
Sir William McPherson
© Unknown

The Sir William McPherson was a steel dredge, built in 1912 at Kinderdijk, Holland for the Melbourne Harbour Trust. She was scuttled on 12 May 1949.

The ship has boilers at the stern which make for a nice swim through. The engine exhausts are still sitting vertical and there is a large anchor near the bow.

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 48.31 metres (158 feet), beam 9.85 metres (32 feet) and draught 3.14 metres (10 feet) giving a displacement weight of 482 tonne (531 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Sir William McPherson.

Latitude: 38° 20.697′ S   (38.344957° S / 38° 20′ 41.85″ S)
Longitude: 144° 29.214′ E   (144.486898° E / 144° 29′ 12.83″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 01:59:56 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Buninyong, 2,796 m, bearing 71°, ENE
Steel dredge, 482 ton.
Built: Kinderdijk, Holland, 1912.
Scuttled: 12 May 1949.
Depth: 52 to 57 m.

VHB-53

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Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Hopper Barge | Max Depth: 57 metres (187 feet) — Graveyard

The VHB-53 was a Steel hopper barge that was scuttled on 19 February 1971. There is some penetration available.

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 45.7 metres (150 feet) with a beam of 5.64 metres (19 feet).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: VH B 53.

Latitude: 38° 21.645′ S   (38.360743° S / 38° 21′ 38.67″ S)
Longitude: 144° 26.216′ E   (144.436935° E / 144° 26′ 12.97″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 02:00:48 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Casablanca, 298 m, bearing 145°, SE
Steel hopper barge.
Scuttled: 19 February 1971.
Depth: 52 to 57 m.

VHB-54

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Hopper Barge | Max Depth: 54 metres (177 feet) — Graveyard

VHB-54
VHB-54
© Unknown

The VHB-54 was a Steel hopper barge that was scuttled on 17 December 1970. The bow and stern are in reasonable condition. There is a large cogged wheel in the midships area which was used to open the doors for the dredged material to be dumped.

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 45.7 metres (150 feet) with a beam of 5.64 metres (19 feet).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: VH B 54.

Latitude: 38° 20.588′ S   (38.343138° S / 38° 20′ 35.3″ S)
Longitude: 144° 25.057′ E   (144.417622° E / 144° 25′ 3.44″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 02:01:16 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Beverwijk 19, 999 m, bearing 170°, S
Steel hopper barge.
Scuttled: 17 December 1970.
Depth: 52 to 54 m.

Victorian

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Screw Steamer | Graveyard

The Victorian was dismantled and then scuttled in the Ships Graveyard, Commonwealth Area No.3, Bass Strait, on 8 May 1925.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Victorian.

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: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-16 09:22:45 GMT
Source: Unknown
Nearest Neighbour: Albert, 9,355 m, bearing 111°, ESE
SS Victorian, Steal hulled steam ship, 718 ton.
Built: Glasgow, Scotland, 1876.
Scuttled: 8 May 1925.

Wareatea

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Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

Passenger and Cargo Steamer | Max Depth: 48 metres (157 feet) — Graveyard

Wareatea
Wareatea
© Unknown

The Wareatea was built in 1883 in Paisly, Scotland. It was first used as a collier in New Zealand, and later in the Bass Strait trade carrying passengers and freight. She ran between Melbourne and the North coast of Tasmania between Federation in 1901 and the end of WWII in 1945. After decommissioning, the stripped down hulk was scuttled on 16 March 1945.


Wreck of the Wareatea, by Jane Headley.

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 51.88 metres (170 feet), beam 7.96 metres (26 feet) and draught 3.47 metres (11 feet) giving a displacement weight of 511 tonne (563 short tons).

The Wareatea has great life on it with nice sponge growth and schools of fish around. While the bow is somewhat twisted and flat to the seabed, the stern stands up and has the prop and rudder still in position.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Wareatea.

Latitude: 38° 21.416′ S   (38.35694° S / 38° 21′ 24.98″ S)
Longitude: 144° 26.083′ E   (144.43472° E / 144° 26′ 4.99″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 02:01:49 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Edward Northcote, 422 m, bearing 281°, W
Steel hulled steamship, 511 ton.
Built: Paisley, Scotland, 1883.
Scuttled: 16 March 1945.
Depth: 48 m.

Werfa

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Outside Port Phillip Bay Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

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

Werfa
Werfa
© Unknown

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 wreck, the stern is quite distinct with iron rectangles. You can go down to the stern to investigate the rudder which is fully intact.

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, 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: 2018-01-24 02:02:26 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.

White Pine

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site

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

White Pine
White Pine
© Unknown

Originally built as the Quathlamba, in 1879 at Aberdeen, Scotland she was a three masted iron barque. She was registered at the Hazel Craig in 1905, operating between Australia and New Zealand. 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 scuttled on 14 January 1947 in the ship's graveyard.

The bow 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, Heritage Council Victoria: White Pine.

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: 2018-01-24 02:02:58 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.

Wills

Wreck Dive Boat access

Steam Driven Hopper Barge | Max Depth: 55 metres (180 feet) — Graveyard

Wills
Wills
© Unknown

Sister vessel to the Burke.

The Wills and Burke, were built in Adelaide in 1884. They were purchased by the Melbourne Harbor Trust in 1889. The Wills was scuttled on 22 August 1935.

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 39.0 metres (128 feet), beam 9.14 metres (30 feet) and draught 2.9 metres (9.5 feet) giving a displacement weight of 345 tonne (380 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Wills.

Latitude: 38° 21.071′ S   (38.351183° S / 38° 21′ 4.26″ S)
Longitude: 144° 26.976′ E   (144.4496° E / 144° 26′ 58.56″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-16 09:25:06 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: H.C. Piggot, 1,178 m, bearing 311°, NW
Iron steam hopper barge, 345 ton.
Built: Adelaide, South Australia, 1876.
Scuttled: 22 August 1935.
Depth: 55 m.

Other wrecks in Victoria's Ships' Graveyard include:

  • Mosquito
  • Palace
  • Rip
  • Rob Roy
  • Verulam

 

The J Class Submarines

When they were built in 1917, the seven J class submarines were the fastest in the world with a surface speed of 19 knots and a submerged speed of 10 knots. The J6 was lost during WW1, and the remaining six submarines were gifted from the British government to the Royal Australian Navy in 1919.

In 1924 the J1, J2, J4 and J5 submarines were sold to a salvage company that stripped them of valuable materials and then scuttled them outside of The Heads in 1926.

Chart location of J class submarines

The J3 was sunk at Swan Island for use as both a jetty, and a power source for the military base. The J7 was sunk as a breakwater at the Sandringham Yacht Club.

J1 Deep Submarine

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site

Diesel Electric Submarine | Max Depth: 38 metres (125 feet) — Graveyard

J1 Submarine
J1 Submarine
© Unknown

HMS J1, later HMAS J1, was a Royal Navy J class submarine built by HM Dockyard at Portsmouth in Hampshire and launched on 6 November 1915. The wartime complement was 5 officers and 40 men.

The six British built J class submarines were transferred to the Royal Australian Navy on 25 March 1919. They had served for a short time with the Royal Navy's 11th Submarine Flotilla, and although they proved to be the fastest submarines of their time, they were unreliable. So they ended up in Australia! The six submarines departed Portsmouth on 9 April 1919, arriving in Sydney on 10 July 1919 where they underwent a very necessary refit. By May 1922 all six submarines had been decommissioned.

J1 Submarine bow, Victoria, Australia
J1 Submarine bow, Victoria
© Mary Malloy & Alan Beckhurst

The J1 submarine was the only submarine to have crippled capital ships with a single salvo. She was also fitted with depth charges and was the only submarine to ever sink another sub with depth charges.

J1 was sold to the Melbourne Salvage Company on 26th February 1924. After stripping anything that proved valuable, she was scuttled off Barwon Heads on 26th May 1926.

She was rediscovered in 1985 and now lies almost upright with a slight list to port in 38 metres (125 feet) with the conning tower rising to 34 metres (112 feet).


J1 Submarine Wreck from Alan Beckhurst on Vimeo.

The J1 Submarine is also known as the J1 Sub, 38 Metre Sub, 125 Foot Sub, or New Deep Sub. The hull lies northeast to southwest (bow northeast) and is covered in bright yellow zoanthids.

Built in 1915 and scuttled on 26 May 1926, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 83.7 metres (275 feet), beam 7.2 metres (24 feet) and draught 4.3 metres (14 feet) giving a displacement weight of 1,092 tonne (1,204 short tons) surfaced.

See also Wikipedia: HMS J1, and Heritage Council Victoria: J-1 Submarine.

Latitude: 38° 18.959′ S   (38.315988° S / 38° 18′ 57.56″ S)
Longitude: 144° 33.219′ E   (144.553648° E / 144° 33′ 13.13″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 02:03:41 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: New Deep Bommie, 1,157 m, bearing 101°, E
J-Class Submarine, 1820 ton.
Built: Portsmouth, UK, 1915/1916.
Scuttled: 26 May 1926.
Depth: 31 to 38 m.

J2 Broken Submarine

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Subject to Shipping Slack Water Wreck Dive Site

Diesel Electric Submarine | Max Depth: 39 metres (128 feet) — Graveyard

J2 Submarine
J2 Submarine
© Unknown

Completed Nov 1915 at Portsmouth Dock Yard as the HMS J2. At the completion of the first World War in 1919, the British Government gave Australia a gift of six J class submarines and six navy destroyers, thus HMAS J2. All of the submarines were eventually scuttled.

The J2 Submarine was scuttled by explosives on 1 June 1926 about three miles off Barwon Heads.

Known as the J2 Sub, 39 Metre Sub, 130 Foot Sub, Broken Sub or Deep Sub, the wreck lies on its keel running North-South with its bow pointing out to sea. During its scuttling the bow section broke off, exposing the forward torpedoes tubes and bow modifications.

The J2 Submarine is probably the most infrequently dived of the four J class submarines. It is the deepest, and it is also the closest to the Heads. It can therefore be uncomfortably close to the path taken by ships entering and leaving Port Phillip Bay. Boat operators must be aware of the shipping traffic during the dive period.

During the Broken Sub's scuttling, explosive charges caused the vessel to break in two sections. The break occurs about 5 metres behind the conning tower. The front half lists to starboard at a 45-degree angle. Over the years the stern has worn down through the reef the wreck sits on.

The wreck is in 39 metres (128 feet) and is surrounded by many schools of fish. These along with the extensive marine growth covering the hull make this an interesting dive for photographers as well as wreck enthusiasts.

Being such a deep dive, it is recommend that divers spend the last few minutes of their limited bottom time at a slightly shallower depth around the conning tower before beginning the final ascent. This area is usually inhabited by large numbers of fish, so there is plenty to look at before returning to the surface.

The Broken Sub is a marvelous venue for the experienced diver. Obviously more than one dive is required to fully explore it. With good visibility it is an outstanding dive.

Hazards and Precautions:

The 39 metres (128 feet) depth calls for experience and training, correct equipment and very careful planning. Begin your ascent with plenty of air remaining for the inevitable decompression stops. Even at this depth surge can be a problem, especially when penetrating inside the wreck.

If surge is present remain on the outside. If you just swim over the wreck from stern to bow most of the dive will be spent in 33 metres (108 feet).

J2 Submarine plaque, Victoria, Australia
J2 Submarine plaque, Victoria
© Mary Malloy & Alan Beckhurst

Penetration into the wreck is possible, at the point where the ship has been broken, but the need for extreme caution cannot be overemphasised. At 36 metres (118 feet) near the conning tower is a plaque in memory of a diver that died while penetrating the wreck.

In addition to the normal dangers involved in penetration diving at this depth, the Broken Submarine has the additional hazard of extensive jagged and twisted metal around the break.

Once inside the wreck, it can become very dark, so good torches are essential. Silting can occur very easily. Care must be taken to avoid stirring up silt on the bottom, thus further reducing visibility.

Built in 1915 and scuttled on 1 June 1926, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 83.7 metres (275 feet), beam 7.2 metres (24 feet) and draught 4.3 metres (14 feet) giving a displacement weight of 1,092 tonne (1,204 short tons) surfaced.

See also Wikipedia: HMS J2, and Heritage Council Victoria: J-2 Submarine.

Latitude: 38° 18.814′ S   (38.31357° S / 38° 18′ 48.85″ S)
Longitude: 144° 34.803′ E   (144.580048° E / 144° 34′ 48.17″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 02:04:22 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Lost Reef, 430 m, bearing 154°, SSE
J-Class Submarine, 1820 ton.
Built: Portsmouth, UK, 1915/1916.
Scuttled: 1 June 1926.
Depth: 31 to 39 m.

J3 Swan Island Submarine

Wreck Dive Boat access

Diesel Electric Submarine | Max Depth: 8 metres (26 feet)

J3 Submarine
J3 Submarine
© Unknown

The HMS J3, later HMAS J3, submarine was scuttled off Swan Point to act as a breakwater and power source for the naval base. It settled almost on top of the wreck of the 961 ton coal hulk S.F. Hersey. The sub is within the Prohibited Area of Swan Island (Department of Defence) and is therefore out of bounds.

Also know as the Swan Island Sub, the J3 submarine lies in 5 to 8 metres with parts of the hull above surface.

Built in 1915/1916 and scuttled in January 1926, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 83.7 metres (275 feet), beam 7.2 metres (24 feet) and draught 4.7 metres (15 feet) giving a displacement weight of 1,092 tonne (1,204 short tons) surfaced.

See also Wikipedia: HMS J3, and Heritage Council Victoria: J-3 Submarine.

Latitude: 38° 14.640′ S   (38.244° S / 38° 14′ 38.4″ S)
Longitude: 144° 42.120′ E   (144.702° E / 144° 42′ 7.2″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-15 23:23:36 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: S.F. Hersey, 149 m, bearing 185°, S
J-Class Submarine, 1820 ton.
Built: Dyfed, Wales, 1916.
Scuttled: January 1926.
Depth: 0 to 8 m.

J4 26m Submarine

Wreck Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site

Diesel Electric Submarine | Max Depth: 27 metres (89 feet) — Graveyard

J4 Submarine
J4 Submarine
© Unknown

Originally HMS J1, later HMAS J1, this is one of the J class submarines designed and built during WW1 by the British Royal Navy. At the completion of the first World War in 1919, the British Government gave Australia a gift of six J class submarines and six navy destroyers. All of the J class submarines were eventually scuttled.

The J4 submarine was scuttled by explosives on 28 April 1927.

Known as the 26 metre, 27 metre and 90 foot sub, the J4 Sub wreck lies on its keel running North-South with its bow pointing out to sea. During its scuttling the bow section broke off, exposing the forward torpedoes tubes and bow modifications.

J4 Submarine conning tower, Victoria, Australia
J4 Submarine conning tower
© Mary Malloy & Alan Beckhurst

The conning tower is intact and in excellent condition.

Divers can penetrate the submarine through the numerous hatch openings. Such penetration should not be taken lightly, as being shallower than the other subs, this wreck is particularly susceptible to surge. Unwary divers can be literally sucked in and catapulted through the wreck's interior. However, the surge prevents any silting, and under suitable conditions this makes for one of Melbourne's top dives.

Once inside, divers can see the bulkheads, which supported the submarine against pressure at great depths. Although the engine has been removed, the engine bed can still be seen at the stern.

The broken bow section of the submarine contains four torpedo tubes, which can be easily seen by using a torch and positioning yourself between the bow and the main body.

A bronze plaque has been placed at the site by the Bottom Scratches Dive Club who rediscovered the submarine in 1982.

As with the other Subs, the J4 sub is host to a variety of plant and animal life. Good conditions for photography are often found near the conning tower, which is usually surrounded by many fish.

Built in 1915/1916 and scuttled on 28 April 1927, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 83.7 metres (275 feet), beam 7.2 metres (24 feet) and draught 4.3 metres (14 feet) giving a displacement weight of 1,092 tonne (1,204 short tons) surfaced.

For more information see the J4 Submarine page on the Heritage Victoria web site, or download/view the J4 Submarine Dive Information Sheet (Adobe PDF | 564.76 KB).


J4 Submarine Wreck from Alan Beckhurst on Vimeo.

See also Wikipedia: HMS J4,
Heritage Council Victoria: J-4 Submarine, and
Dive Information Sheet: Shallow or 90 Foot Submarine (Adobe PDF | 564.76 KB).

Latitude: 38° 17.979′ S   (38.299657° S / 38° 17′ 58.77″ S)
Longitude: 144° 33.820′ E   (144.563673° E / 144° 33′ 49.22″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 02:05:04 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Sub Reef, 440 m, bearing 95°, E
J-Class Submarine, 1820 ton.
Built: Portsmouth, UK, 1915/1916.
Scuttled: 28 April 1927.
Depth: 19 to 28 m.

J5 Yellow Submarine

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site

Diesel Electric Submarine | Max Depth: 36 metres (118 feet) — Graveyard

J5 Submarine
J5 Submarine
© Unknown

Originally HMS J1, later HMAS J1, this is one of the J class submarines designed and built during WW1 by the British Royal Navy.

The J5 Submarine was sold to the Melbourne Salvage Company on 26 February 1924, and she was scuttled off Port Phillip Heads on the 4 June 1926. Popularly known as the 36 Metre Sub, or the Yellow Submarine due to its covering in part by yellow zoanthids, or the Intact Sub. She sits upright on a sandy bottom. Penetration is possible at several points, where, apparently, plates were removed prior to scuttling. She lies facing North South (bow South) in 36 metres of water, her conning tower rising to 30 metres.

Built in 1915/1916 and scuttled on 1 June 1926, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 83.7 metres (275 feet), beam 7.2 metres (24 feet) and draught 4.7 metres (15 feet) giving a displacement weight of 1,092 tonne (1,204 short tons) surfaced.

See also Wikipedia: HMS J5, and Heritage Council Victoria: J-5 Submarine.

Latitude: 38° 18.649′ S   (38.310822° S / 38° 18′ 38.96″ S)
Longitude: 144° 34.118′ E   (144.568632° E / 144° 34′ 7.08″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 02:05:34 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Coogee, 503 m, bearing 32°, NNE
J-Class Submarine, 1820 ton.
Built: Portsmouth, UK, 1915/1916.
Scuttled: 1 June 1926.
Depth: 25 to 36 m.

J7 Submarine

Wreck Dive Shore access
J7 Submarine
J7 Submarine
© Unknown

The J7 Submarine at Sandringham is a unique visible feature of the marina, and is historically significant as one of the Royal Australian Navy's earliest submarines, predated only by the AE-1 and AE-2.

See also, Australian National Shipwreck Database: J-7 Submarine, and Heritage Council Victoria: J-7 Submarine.

Latitude: 37° 56.683′ S   (37.944722° S / 37° 56′ 41″ S)
Longitude: 144° 59.600′ E   (144.993333° E / 144° 59′ 36″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-27 09:07:26 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Sandringham Pier Breakwater, 101 m, bearing 88°, E
J-Class Submarine, 1820 ton.
Built: Dyfed, Wales, 1916.
Scuttled: 6 August 1930.

 

Port Phillip Heads Shipwrecks

Victoria's Port Phillip Heads have been extremeley hazardous for ships, from the first recorded wreck in 1840 unitl the present. The treacherous currents, hidden reefs and narow channels of Port Phillip Heads have contributed to the demise of over 200 vessels of all types, ranging from small coastal schooners to large iron steamers. The wrecks of Point Lonsdale, Point Nepean and the Back Beaches, are frequented regularly by Melbourne divers by boat and from the shore.

Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads
Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads
© Stan Bugg & Bob Wealthy

The best reference book on diving the Port Phillip Heads wrecks is:
"Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads"
Authors: Stan Bugg and Bob Wealthy
Published: 1995 by Oceans Enterprises
ISBN: 9780958665773

This book is a comprehensive scuba diver's guide to locating the wreck sites, and a description of what remains will be found.

For the non-diver, the accounts of each ship's history, and the circumstances of her sinking, are a fascinating insight into our turbulent maritime history.

Australia RMS

Wreck Dive Boat access

Steam Ship | Max Depth: 8 metres (26 feet)

Australia RMS
Australia RMS
© Unknown

The P&O liner Australia was one of the most luxurious vessels afloat when launched in 1892. On the 20 July 1904 while entering Port Phillip Heads she went aground on Corsair Rock. In 1911, the remains of the Australia were blasted to clear a channel between Corsair Rock and Big Rock.

The remains of the ship are scattered and badly brocken up. Her huge propeller shaft and overgrown engines remain, and her boilers are easily identifiable.

Built in 1892 in Greenock, UK, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 141.91 metres (466 feet) with a beam 15.91 metres (52 feet).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Australia RMS, and Australian National Shipwreck Database: R.M.S. Australia.

Latitude: 38° 18.072′ S   (38.3012° S / 38° 18′ 4.32″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.582′ E   (144.643033° E / 144° 38′ 34.92″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-14 22:43:59 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Corsair Rock, 179 m, bearing 304°, NW
Steam ship, 3700 ton.
Built: 1892.
Sunk: 20 July 1904.
Depth: 5 to 8 m.
Dive only on: SWE.

Black Boy

Wreck Dive Shore access
Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site

Iron Screw Steamer Tug | Max Depth: 10 metres (33 feet)

The history of the Black Boy is linked with that of the George Roper. The steam screw tug was assisting in the salvage of cargo from the George Roper on 8 July 1883 when several big swells slammed the tug onto the George Roper. The skipper tried to move away but a line fouled the Black Boy's propeller. She was swept onto a nearby reef, broke up and sank.

The Black Boy lies east of the George Roper, just off the southern tip of Mushroom Rock. The hull is overturned and the remains of machinery and fittings can be seen.

The site of the Black Boy is more exposed to the Rip's tidal currents than the George Roper and Holyhead. Best dived on slack water ebb or ebb tide.

Built in 1857 in Greenock, UK, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 24.84 metres (81 feet) and beam 4.57 metres (15 feet) giving a displacement weight of 45 tonne (50 short tons).

See also, Heritage Counil Victoria: Black Boy, and Australian National Shipwreck Database: Black Boy.

This site lies in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park. The park is made up of six separate marine areas around the southern end of Port Phillip: Swan Bay, Mud Islands, Point Lonsdale, Point Nepean, Popes Eye, and Portsea Hole.

See also, Parks Victoria: Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park, and Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park - Map (PDF 1.4 MB).

Latitude: 38° 17.735′ S   (38.295583° S / 38° 17′ 44.1″ S)
Longitude: 144° 36.978′ E   (144.6163° E / 144° 36′ 58.68″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-27 21:19:31 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Holyhead, 104 m, bearing 290°, WNW
Iron screw steamer tug, 66 ton.
Built: Greenock, Scotland, 1857.
Sunk: 8 July 1883.
Depth: 3 to 10 m.
Dive only on: SWE, Ebb.

Cheviot

Wreck Dive Boat access
Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site

Passenger Screw Steamer | Max Depth: 7 metres (23 feet)

Cheviot
Cheviot
© Unknown

The screw steamer SS Cheviot, was a typical coastal trading passenger and cargo steamship. On her way to Sydney on 19 October 1887, she had barely cleared Port Phillip Heads when her propeller blades were sheared off against the rocks which left her floundering. The efforts of the captain and crew to regain control failed in the heavy seas.

The Cheviot was washed onto rocks in what is now known as Cheviot Bay. She broke up rapidly in the rough seas, and only 24 out of her 69 passengers and crew were saved. It's the worst shipwreck to have occurred at Port Phillip Heads in terms of loss of life. (In 1967, Cheviot Bay became famous as the site of the disappearance of the serving Prime Minister Harold Holt.)

The wreck site is highly prone to surge and turbulance. The wreckage is widely scattered as a result of the terrible beating it gets from the weather, plus from blasting operations undertaked in the 1960s by divers obtaining scrap metal.

Built by Charles Mitchell and Co., of Low Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, England in 1870, she was wrecked in 1887 in rough seas near Point Nepean in Victoria, Australia, after the propeller was disabled. The overall length of the vessel was approximately 70.15 metres (230 feet) and beam 9.8 metres (32 feet) giving a displacement weight of 1,226 tonne (1,351 short tons).

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

This site lies in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park. The park is made up of six separate marine areas around the southern end of Port Phillip: Swan Bay, Mud Islands, Point Lonsdale, Point Nepean, Popes Eye, and Portsea Hole.

See also, Parks Victoria: Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park, and Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park - Map (PDF 1.4 MB).

Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any dive on the Back Beaches. Please read the warnings on the web page Diving the Back Beaches before diving or snorkelling this site.

Latitude: 38° 18.840′ S   (38.314° S / 38° 18′ 50.4″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.850′ E   (144.664167° E / 144° 39′ 51″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-27 21:20:21 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Petriana, 838 m, bearing 297°, WNW
Passenger steamer, 1226 ton.
Sunk: 19 October 1887.
Depth: 0 to 7 m.

Clarence

Wreck Dive Boat access

Historic shipwreck protected zone. Permit Required.

The Clarence is significant technically and archaeologically as an example of an early Australian-built vessel. The schooner was built in 1841 on the Williams River in northern NSW. Most ships built in Australia during this time were constructed by rule of thumb, without using models and plans. There is very little evidence, therefore, of ship building techniques used by early Australian ship builders, except in the archaeological record. By studying the Clarence, archaeologists can learn more about the techniques employed by early Australian shipbuilders, to whom supplies in lumber and metal fastenings were tightly restricted.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Clarence, and
Dive Information Sheet: Clarence (1841-1850) (Adobe PDF | 225.49 KB).

Latitude: 38° 12.154′ S   (38.20257° S / 38° 12′ 9.25″ S)
Longitude: 144° 43.395′ E   (144.723253° E / 144° 43′ 23.71″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-18 20:34:43 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Foig a Ballagh, 551 m, bearing 174°, S
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.
Wooden schooner.
Built: Williams River, NSW, 1841.
Sunk: 2 September 1850.
Depth: 5 m.

Conside

Wreck Dive Boat access
Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Slack Water Wreck Dive Site

The Conside is historically significant for being the earliest screw steamer wreck in Victoria, was the first purpose built steam collier, was the first screw steamer to travel between Sydney and Melbourne, and is likely to have been the first steamship across the Pacific. It is archaeologically and technically significant for the remains of its early geared oscillating steam engine.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: SS Conside.

This site lies in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park. The park is made up of six separate marine areas around the southern end of Port Phillip: Swan Bay, Mud Islands, Point Lonsdale, Point Nepean, Popes Eye, and Portsea Hole.

See also, Parks Victoria: Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park, and Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park - Map (PDF 1.4 MB).

Latitude: 38° 17.809′ S   (38.296817° S / 38° 17′ 48.54″ S)
Longitude: 144° 36.967′ E   (144.616117° E / 144° 36′ 58.02″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-27 21:27:30 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Black Boy, 138 m, bearing 6°, N
Steamship, 368 ton.
Sunk: 14 September 1852.
Depth: 5 m.
Dive only on: SWE, Ebb.

Craigburn

Wreck Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site

The wreck of the Craigburn is archaeologically significant for its remains of a typical 19th century iron sailing barque. As a dive site set amongst typically spectacular Mornington Peninsula underwater topography and marine life, it also has recreational and educational significance.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Craigburn.

Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any dive on the Back Beaches. Please read the warnings on the web page Diving the Back Beaches before diving or snorkelling this site.

Latitude: 38° 23.672′ S   (38.394533° S / 38° 23′ 40.32″ S)
Longitude: 144° 47.150′ E   (144.785833° E / 144° 47′ 9″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-27 05:35:38 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Number Sixteen, 373 m, bearing 58°, ENE
Iron Barque steamer, 2065 ton.
Built: Glasgow, Scotland, 1884.
Sunk: 8 May 1891.
Depth: 6 to 8 m.

Eliza Ramsden

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Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Subject to Shipping Slack Water Wreck Dive Site

Three Masted Iron Barque | Max Depth: 22 metres (72 feet)

Eliza Ramsden
Eliza Ramsden
© Unknown

The Eliza Ramsden was regarded as the finest vessel of the Port of Melbourne in 1875, built to order by S. Ramsden in Glasgow, Scotland and named after his wife. The vessel was badly damaged in 1875 when it ran aground and was trapped on Corsair Rock on its voyage from Melbourne to Newcastle. The owner's son was the only passenger aboard with the 13 crew. The ship was evacuated by a lifeboat sent by the steam tug Warhawk when it was assessed that it would go down once the tide rose. Most personal effects were left on board. When the tide rose, the vessel floated off Corsair Rock and eventually sunk near the South Channel.

For many years her masts remained above sea level and so she wasn't a real danger until her masts finally collapsed in the 1960's and posed a danger to vessels using the channel. Her masts were then demolished with explosives.

The Eliza Ramsden now lies upright and quite badly broken up, however the donkey boiler is still visible. She sits on the seabed facing east west with her bow to the west. This site should be dived only at slack water and a shipping check must be conducted first.

The overall length of the vessel was approximately 46.21 metres (152 feet) and beam 8.23 metres (27 feet) giving a displacement weight of 415 tonne (457 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Eliza Ramsden, and Dive Information Sheet: Eliza Ramsden (1874-1875) (Adobe PDF | 336.81 KB).

Latitude: 38° 17.630′ S   (38.293833° S / 38° 17′ 37.8″ S)
Longitude: 144° 40.435′ E   (144.673917° E / 144° 40′ 26.1″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 19:43:57 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Ramsden Reef, 75 m, bearing 48°, NE
Three masted iron barque, 46m, 515 ton.
Built: Glasgow, Scotland, 1874.
Sunk: 24 July 1875.
Depth: 14 to 22 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.

Empress of the Sea

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The Empress of the Sea is historically and archaeologically significant as it was one of Donald Mackay's famous wooden clipper ships ie: representative of a particular design or type. It was also associated with both the Black Ball and White Star Lines of Australian Pakcets, which carried thousands of immigrants from Britain to Australia.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Empress of the Sea, and Dive Information Sheet: Empress of the Sea (1853-1861) (Adobe PDF | 621.06 KB).

Latitude: 38° 18.050′ S   (38.300833° S / 38° 18′ 3″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.613′ E   (144.660217° E / 144° 39′ 36.78″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-18 20:21:06 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Nepean Bay, 450 m, bearing 167°, SSE
Three masted square rigged wooden clipper, 2200 ton.
Built: Boston, Massachusetts, 1853.
Sunk: 19 December 1861.
Depth: 5 to 7 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE, Flood.

Formosa

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Formosa, which lies at the Portsea Back Beach, 3 miles east of Point Nepean, is historically significant as a rare Australian example of the technical innovation of Thomas B. Seath's shipbuilding. The vessel has interpretive significance as an example of Rutherglen shipbuilding techniques and an historic shipwreck site. The archaeological significance still needs to be determined, however there is potential for significant wreck remains to reveal further aspects of Seath's technical innovations and social life aboard vessels such as these.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Formosa.

Latitude: 38° 17.640′ S   (38.294° S / 38° 17′ 38.4″ S)
Longitude: 144° 40.900′ E   (144.681667° E / 144° 40′ 54″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-15 23:13:54 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Goorangai, 457 m, bearing 17°, NNE
Steamer.
Built: Rutherglen, Scotland, 1868.
Sunk: 5 February 1869.

Gambier

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Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Slack Water Wreck Dive Site

Passenger Steamship | Max Depth: 14 metres (46 feet)

Originally the Ocean, the vessel was renamed the Gambier in 1888. Had an expensive re-fit 1885 for work as passenger ship.

On 28 August 1891 the Gambier had entered the heads and was in the West Channel. When signals were misunderstood, the Gambier was run down by the Easby. Up to 21 lives were lost, particularly as one life boat capsized during launch.

Explosives were later used to flatten the wreck so the site is frequently covered in sand.

Built Dunbarton, Scotland in 1874, sunk on 28 August 1891, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 85.34 metres (280 feet), beam 9.72 metres (32 feet) and draught 7.01 metres (23 feet) giving a displacement weight of 1,029 tonne (1,134 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Gambier.

Latitude: 38° 16.450′ S   (38.274167° S / 38° 16′ 27″ S)
Longitude: 144° 40.500′ E   (144.675° E / 144° 40′ 30″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 02:08:14 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Sponge Garden Drift, 775 m, bearing 262°, W
Iron steamship passenger vessel.
Built: Dumbarton, Scotland, 1874.
Sunk: 28 August 1891.
Depth: 14 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.

Gange

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Gange
Gange
© Unknown

The Gange is historically and socially significant for the interest its wreck caused in the Victorian community, and the impact the event had on Victorian Pilots Service.

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

This site lies in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park. The park is made up of six separate marine areas around the southern end of Port Phillip: Swan Bay, Mud Islands, Point Lonsdale, Point Nepean, Popes Eye, and Portsea Hole.

See also, Parks Victoria: Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park, and Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park - Map (PDF 1.4 MB).

Latitude: 38° 17.730′ S   (38.2955° S / 38° 17′ 43.8″ S)
Longitude: 144° 36.895′ E   (144.614917° E / 144° 36′ 53.7″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-27 21:18:23 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Holyhead, 36 m, bearing 39°, NE
Iron barque, 1071 ton.
Built: Lussinpiccolo, Austria, 1885.
SunK: 23 July 1887.
Depth: 5 to 8 m.
Dive only on: SWE, Ebb.

George Roper

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Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site
George Roper
George Roper
© Unknown

The George Roper is archaeologically and historically significant as an example of a large fast international trader built especially for the Australian run. The wreck lies in 4 to 6 metres of water, and is accessible to recreational divers.

See also, Australian National Shipwreck Database: George Roper, Heritage Council Victoria: George Roper, and Dive Information Sheet: George Roper (1882-1883) (Adobe PDF | 624.31 KB).

This site lies in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park. The park is made up of six separate marine areas around the southern end of Port Phillip: Swan Bay, Mud Islands, Point Lonsdale, Point Nepean, Popes Eye, and Portsea Hole.

See also, Parks Victoria: Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park, and Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park - Map (PDF 1.4 MB).

Latitude: 38° 17.700′ S   (38.295° S / 38° 17′ 42″ S)
Longitude: 144° 36.901′ E   (144.615017° E / 144° 36′ 54.06″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-27 21:12:42 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Holyhead, 31 m, bearing 152°, SSE
Four masted iron barque, 2033 ton.
Built: Liverpool, England, 1882.
Dive only on: SWE, Ebb.
Sunk: 4 July 1883.
Depth: 4 to 6 m.

Glaneuse

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Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site

The Glaneuse is significant historically as the wreck of a large European built iron hulled sailing barque. The wreck resulted in intense scrutiny on the pilot service and a Public Enquiry resulting in changes to pilotage operations.

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

This site lies in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park. The park is made up of six separate marine areas around the southern end of Port Phillip: Swan Bay, Mud Islands, Point Lonsdale, Point Nepean, Popes Eye, and Portsea Hole.

See also, Parks Victoria: Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park, and Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park - Map (PDF 1.4 MB).

Latitude: 38° 17.590′ S   (38.293167° S / 38° 17′ 35.4″ S)
Longitude: 144° 36.750′ E   (144.6125° E / 144° 36′ 45″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-27 21:23:14 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Buckleys Cave, 146 m, bearing 69°, ENE
Iron Barque.

Goorangai

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Inside Port Phillip Bay Slack Water Wreck Dive Site

Steam Driven Minesweeper | Max Depth: 15 metres (49 feet)

Goorangai
Goorangai
© Unknown

The steam trawler MV Goorangai was built in 1919 to assist the development of a trawl fishing industry to create jobs in NSW in depression years. She was requisitioned for naval service by the RAN in WWII, and commissioned as the HMAS Goorangai for service as an auxiliary minesweeper.

Following the sinking of the SS Cambridge and MV City of Rayville in Bass Strait by German mines on 7 and 8 November 1940 respectively, three minesweepers including the HMAS Goorangai were ordered to the sweep the shipping lanes and approaches to Port Phillip, and within a fortnight were able to locate and destroy forty mines.

While crossing from Queenscliff to Portsea without lights, the Gorrangai was run down by the outward bound troopship MV Duntroon. The Goorangai was cut in two and sank in less than a minute with the loss of the entire crew of 24. Just six bodies were recovered. The minesweeper HMAS Goorangai has the tragic distinction of being all at once Australia's first naval loss of World War II, the first Royal Australian Navy surface vessel lost in a war, and the first Royal Australian Navy surface vessel lost with all hands. The Goorangai is a designated war grave and should be treated with respect.

Built as a 'Castle' type steam trawler based on a North Sea design in Newcastle, NSW, sunk on 20 November 1940, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 35.66 metres (117 feet), beam 6.74 metres (22 feet) and draught 4.17 metres (14 feet) giving a displacement weight of 223 tonne (246 short tons).

Because the HMAS Goorangai wreck lies in the main shipping channel and was considered a hazard to navigation, she was demolished with explosives in January 1941. The remains of the wreck are very scattered.

See also Wikipedia: HMAS Goorangai, MAAV: H.M.A.S. Goorangai 1919-1940, and Heritage Council Victoria: HMAS Goorangai.

Latitude: 38° 17.404′ S   (38.290067° S / 38° 17′ 24.24″ S)
Longitude: 144° 40.992′ E   (144.6832° E / 144° 40′ 59.52″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 02:10:41 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Formosa, 457 m, bearing 197°, SSW
ex HMAS Goorangai, Steam driven minesweeper.
Built: Newcastle, NSW, 1919.
Sunk: 20 November 1940.
Depth: 13 to 15 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.

Holyhead

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Holyhead
Holyhead
© Unknown

The Holyhead is historically and archaeologically significant as an example of an A1 classified ship from a renowned Liverpool shipyards on its maiden voyage.

See also, Australian National Shipwreck Database: Holyhead, Heritage Council Victoria: Holyhead, and Dive Information Sheet: Holyhead (1889-1890) (Adobe PDF | 669.91 KB).

This site lies in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park. The park is made up of six separate marine areas around the southern end of Port Phillip: Swan Bay, Mud Islands, Point Lonsdale, Point Nepean, Popes Eye, and Portsea Hole.

See also, Parks Victoria: Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park, and Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park - Map (PDF 1.4 MB).

Latitude: 38° 17.715′ S   (38.29525° S / 38° 17′ 42.9″ S)
Longitude: 144° 36.911′ E   (144.615183° E / 144° 36′ 54.66″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-27 21:13:44 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: George Roper, 31 m, bearing 332°, NNW
Four masted iron barque, 2237 ton.
Built: Liverpool, England, 1889.
Sunk: 12 February 1890.
Depth: 6 to 10 m.
Dive only on: SWE, Ebb.

Hurricane

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Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Slack Water Wreck Dive Site

Three Masted Iron Clipper | Max Depth: 12 metres (39 feet)

Hurricane
Hurricane
© Unknown

The Hurricane was built for the Australian run until lost. On first return voyage, carried gold exports from Melbourne to London. The ship took on water, possibly through the hawse holes during the last part of its voyage, and was heavily laden with cargo. It scraped the ground twice near Point Lonsdale, but no notice was taken. Shortly after it was noticed that the ship was dropping by the head. 6 feet of water was found in the forehold. The sail was shortened and starboard anchor let go. The boats were lowered and crew and passengers put into them. She sank off Arthur's Seat in Capel Sound on the 22 April 1869.

The Hurricane wreck was relatively intact until the late 1960s when Ports and Harbours engineers considered it to be a navigational hazard blasted it. The wreckage is spread over a large area, with the most prominent feature now the stern, which rises about 3 metres out of the sand.


Hurricane Wreck and Rosebud Reef from Alan Beckhurst.

Built in 1853 in Glasgow, Scotland and sunk on 22 April 1869, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 65.53 metres (215 feet) and beam 9.45 metres (31 feet) giving a displacement weight of 1,108 tonne (1,221 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Hurricane, and Dive Information Sheet: Hurricane (1853-1869) (Adobe PDF | 538.67 KB).

Latitude: 38° 20.463′ S   (38.34105° S / 38° 20′ 27.78″ S)
Longitude: 144° 52.308′ E   (144.8718° E / 144° 52′ 18.48″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 02:12:11 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Rosebud Reef, 1,572 m, bearing 109°, ESE
Three masted iron clipper, 1200 ton.
Built: Glasgow, Scotland, 1853.
Sunk: 22 April 1869.
Depth: 8 to 12 m.

Isabella Watson

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Isabella Watson
Isabella Watson
© Unknown

The Isabella Watson, which lies on Nepean Reef, is historically significant as an example of an emigrant ship from the UK to Port Phillip. Its archaeological significance lies in the remainder of the ship's cargo that is associated with the wreck and has the potential to reveal information about mid C19th material culture. It is historically and socially significant for its association with the ongoing debate surrounding the Port Phillip Pilot Service, and for its association with 9 deaths.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Isabella Watson.

Latitude: 38° 18.002′ S   (38.300033° S / 38° 18′ 0.12″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.785′ E   (144.646417° E / 144° 38′ 47.1″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-15 23:22:52 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Time, 128 m, bearing 277°, W
Wooden ship, 514 ton.
Sunk: 21 September 1852.
Depth: 4 m.

Joanna

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Historic shipwreck protected zone. Permit Required.

The maiden voyage of the schooner Joanna proved to be its last. It left Launceston bound for Port Fairy, but encountered bad weather. Leaking badly, the vessel was driven ashore at what is now known as Joanna Beach. Waves swept the deck, washing away the boat and one of the crew. The survivors landed on the beach at daybreak, and after a seven day journey, made their way to Geelong (Geelong Advertiser 2 October 1843).

"The part of the coast lying between Moonlight Head and Geelong was thought to first have been trodden by Europeans in 1843, by the shipwrecked crew of the Joanna" (Bellair, 2001).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Joanna, and
Dive Information Sheet: Joanna (1856-1857) (Adobe PDF | 596.47 KB).

Latitude: 38° 12.478′ S   (38.20796° S / 38° 12′ 28.66″ S)
Longitude: 144° 43.806′ E   (144.730102° E / 144° 43′ 48.37″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-18 20:32:50 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Foig a Ballagh, 550 m, bearing 275°, W
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.
Sailing ship.
Built: Mount Eliza, Victoria, 1856.
Sunk: 9 July 1857.
Depth: 7 m.

Lady Cheryl

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Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Slack Water Wreck Dive Site

Fishing Vessel | Max Depth: 14 metres (46 feet)

Lady Cheryl
Lady Cheryl
© Mike Smith

On the evening of 23 March 2012, the commercial fishing vessel FV Lady Cheryl departed Williamstown for a 10 day deep sea fishing voyage. It was intended that the vessel transit Port Phillip Bay, depart through Port Phillip Heads and then set a course for the fishing grounds to the west of Tasmania. However, in the early hours of the following morning when abeam Shortland Bluff (Queenscliff) and still within Port Phillip Bay, the Lady Cheryl altered course towards Point Nepean. The master did not notice the error and Lady Cheryl ran aground on the outlying reef at Point Nepean. The vessel was holed below its waterline and sank a short time later.

There is a huge gash along the starboard side giving access to the internals of the wreck.

Sunk on 23 March 2012, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 8.35 metres (27 feet) with a beam of 2.41 metres (7.9 feet).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Lady Cheryl.

Latitude: 38° 17.936′ S   (38.298933° S / 38° 17′ 56.16″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.235′ E   (144.653917° E / 144° 39′ 14.1″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 02:13:02 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Empress of the Sea, 589 m, bearing 111°, ESE
Fishing vessel.
Sunk: 23 March 2012.
Depth: 6 to 14 m.

Light of the Age

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The Light of the Age is archaeologically significant as the wreck of an international immigrant ship with an inward bound cargo. It is historically significant for its association with both the Black Ball and White Star Lines which carried thousands of immigrants to Australia.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Light of the Age.

Latitude: 38° 17.308′ S   (38.288467° S / 38° 17′ 18.48″ S)
Longitude: 144° 35.642′ E   (144.594033° E / 144° 35′ 38.52″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-16 12:20:25 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Golden Arch, 987 m, bearing 183°, S
Wooden sailing vessel.
Sunk: 16 January 1868.
Depth: 4 to 6 m.

Mountain Maid

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Mountain Maid was a small two-masted wooden snow brig built as a trading vessel in Dundee in 1841. In its first 12 years, the ship traded between Europe, North America and the Orient and at one point was thought to possibly be involved in smuggling. In 1853, Mountain Maid was sold and began trading between the new Australian Victorian colony and Southeast Asia. Returning from Manila in 1856 with a cargo of rice, sugar and rope. Mountain Maid was wrecked after colliding with the Victorian steamer, SS Queen. No lives were lost but the ship sank quickly and the crew was forced to swim for their lives. The pilot onboard Mountain Maid was dismissed from the Pilot service, as he'd already run two other ships aground before changing direction and causing the collision with SS Queen (Lomdahl 1992:Mountain Maid).

MAAV members discovered the remains of the wreck in 1981 and protection was declared in 1986. There have been wreck inspections and surveys completed in 1984 and 1991 and the vessel is part of the Underwater Shipwreck Discovery Trail (Lomdahl 1992). Thirty-nine artefacts are listed in the EMu database. Some artefacts in the collection include a barometer scale, glass bottles and pieces of ceramic.

The Mountain Maid is archaeologically significant for its remains of a British built international trading vessel of the mid-nineteenth century.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Mountain Maid,
MAAV: Mountain Maid 1841-1856, and
Dive Information Sheet: Mountain Maid (1841-1856) (Adobe PDF | 502.39 KB).

Latitude: 38° 14.280′ S   (38.238° S / 38° 14′ 16.8″ S)
Longitude: 144° 42.500′ E   (144.708333° E / 144° 42′ 30″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-18 20:31:19 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Boarfish Reef Drift, 287 m, bearing 155°, SSE
Wooden hulled 2 masted Brigantine.
Built: Dundee, 1841.
Sunk: 24 September 1856.
Depth: 5 to 8 m.

Petriana

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Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site
Petriana
Petriana
© Unknown

The Petriana is significant historically as a shipwreck that became a focus in Australian politics for the treatment of its Lascar (Indo-Malay) crew under the White Australia policy. It was also Victoria's, and Australia's first oil spill, with catastrophic environmental consequences. The remains of the SS Petriana represent the increasing use of fuel oils, and the use of specially made bulk oil transport ships.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: SS Petriana.

This site lies in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park. The park is made up of six separate marine areas around the southern end of Port Phillip: Swan Bay, Mud Islands, Point Lonsdale, Point Nepean, Popes Eye, and Portsea Hole.

See also, Parks Victoria: Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park, and Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park - Map (PDF 1.4 MB).

Latitude: 38° 18.630′ S   (38.3105° S / 38° 18′ 37.8″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.340′ E   (144.655667° E / 144° 39′ 20.4″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-27 21:24:05 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Nepean Bay, 804 m, bearing 37°, NE
Ship, 1821 ton.
Sunk: 28 November 1903.
Depth: 3 to 6 m.

Portsea Hole Wreck

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Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Slack Water Wreck Dive Site

Portsea Hole Wreck is a 13 metre fishing boat that was sunk near Portsea Hole as a dive site in the early 1980s. Authorities objected to the sinking, claiming that it constituted a hazard to vavigation, although it's had to see how given its deph of 26 metres.

The wreck is located about 70 metres past the eastern end of Portsea Hole. The wreck is covered with sponges and other growth, which has attracted many fish.

Dive only at slack water. You should dive at flood slack, so when the tide turns, the ebb flow will assist your return to Portsea Hole.

This site lies in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park. The park is made up of six separate marine areas around the southern end of Port Phillip: Swan Bay, Mud Islands, Point Lonsdale, Point Nepean, Popes Eye, and Portsea Hole.

See also, Parks Victoria: Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park, and Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park - Map (PDF 1.4 MB).

Latitude: 38° 18.666′ S   (38.3111° S / 38° 18′ 39.96″ S)
Longitude: 144° 42.641′ E   (144.710683° E / 144° 42′ 38.46″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-27 21:11:43 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Portsea Hole, 36 m, bearing 156°, SSE
Fishing boat, 13m.
Depth: 25 to 27 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.

Sierra Nevada

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Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site

Sierra Nevada is historically significant and representative of a small group of large iron-hulled international cargo sailing vessels wrecked on Victoria's west coast. Sierra Nevada has some social significance as the events surrounding the wreck and its aftermath represented extreme ends of the local community's social values. As part of the group of iron-hulled trading vessels wrecked on the west coast, Sierra Nevada's cargo helps makes up part of the picture of the particular tastes of Victorian society and economy in the late 19th century. Sierra Nevada has broken up and is scattered over a large area at the Portsea Back Beach, Point Nepean, Port Phillip Heads. There is potential for archaeological significance through typology studies of cargo materials providing reference information for other areas of historical archaeological research. Scientifically, Sierra Nevada can contribute to corrosion studies as an iron hulled vessel carrying iron cargo.

See also, Australian National Shipwreck Database: Sierra Nevada, Heritage Council Victoria: Sierra Nevada, and MAAV: Sierra Nevada 1877-1900.

Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any dive on the Back Beaches. Please read the warnings on the web page Diving the Back Beaches before diving or snorkelling this site.

Latitude: 38° 19.790′ S   (38.329833° S / 38° 19′ 47.4″ S)
Longitude: 144° 41.250′ E   (144.6875° E / 144° 41′ 15″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-27 09:11:39 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Norwester, 278 m, bearing 106°, ESE
Iron hulled, two deck, three masted ship, 1523 ton.
Built: Southampton, England, 1877.
Sunk: 9 May 1900.
Depth: 3 to 7 m.

Time

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Time
Time
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The SS Time was on a voyage from Sydney to Melbourne on 23/08/1949 when the steering failed and the vessel struck Corsair Rock attempting to enter Port Phillip. She lies on Nepean Reef, Port Phillip Heads.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: SS Time.

Latitude: 38° 17.993′ S   (38.299883° S / 38° 17′ 59.58″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.698′ E   (144.644967° E / 144° 38′ 41.88″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-16 09:19:59 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Isabella Watson, 128 m, bearing 97°, E
Steamer, 3316 ton.
Sunk: 27 August 1949.
Depth: 5 to 8 m.

Wauchope

Wreck Dive Boat access

Built for the NSW north coast trade, from 1910 the Wauchope worked Bass Strait, King Island and Melbourne. Vessel in mandatory 7 day quarantine due to 'flu epidemic. Manned by 'loyalist' (non-union) crew, due to bitter seamen's strike. Fire broke out in forward hatch, benzine later exploded after vessel abandoned. Beached but drifted onto sandbank on 1 August 1919 off Sorrento in Port Phillip.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Wauchope, and Dive Information Sheet: SS Wauchope (1877-1900) (Adobe PDF | 489.14 KB).

Latitude: 38° 19.598′ S   (38.326633° S / 38° 19′ 35.88″ S)
Longitude: 144° 44.792′ E   (144.746533° E / 144° 44′ 47.52″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-18 20:14:15 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Sorrento Boat Moorings, 822 m, bearing 194°, SSW
SS Wauchope, Wooden steamship, 269 ton.
Sunk: 1 August 1919.
Depth: 0 to 4 m.

Wyrallah

Wreck Dive Boat access
Wyrallah
Wyrallah
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The Wyrallah sank with the loss of six lives at Port Phillip Heads after a collision with the SS Dilkera in April 1924 while on a voyage from Melbourne to Gippsland Lakes.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Wyrallah.

Latitude: 38° 18.130′ S   (38.302167° S / 38° 18′ 7.8″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.930′ E   (144.632167° E / 144° 37′ 55.8″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-16 09:25:45 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Rip Bank, 367 m, bearing 96°, E
Steel hull, 206 ton.
Depth: 13 m.

Will O the Wisp

Wreck Dive Boat access

Historic shipwreck protected zone. Permit Required.

The Will O the Wisp is archaeologically and technically significant as the wreck of an opium clipper schooner, i.e. representative of a particular type or design. As the wreck lies in only two to three metres depth, there is good potential for access to the snorkelling and diving public to interpret the site. The wreck is substantially intact, and stands above the seabed, with many artefacts still visible in situ.

While on a voyage from Auckland to Melbourne, the Will O the Wisp struck the sand bank William Sand, West Channel, Port Phillip, on 8 October 1853.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Will O the Wisp.

Latitude: 38° 14.490′ S   (38.241498° S / 38° 14′ 29.39″ S)
Longitude: 144° 42.070′ E   (144.701159° E / 144° 42′ 4.17″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-14 20:28:44 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: J3 Swan Island Submarine, 288 m, bearing 165°, SSE
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.

William Salthouse

Wreck Dive Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Slack Water Wreck Dive Site

Three Masted Brig | Max Depth: 12 metres (39 feet)

William Salthouse
William Salthouse
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The William Salthouse is one of Victoria's oldest and most important wrecks. It was the first merchant vessel to sail between Canada and Port Phillip, just five years after settlement at Port Phillip established, and was flouting British Navigation Laws when it did so. It is archaeologically significant for its evidence of ship construction, cargo stowage and cargo types. It is educationally and recreationally significant as the wreck of an intact wooden merchant ship with its early cargo intact.

After a five month voyage from Canada, The William Salthouse was wrecked on Eastern Sands. Part of her cargo of beef, fish, salted pork, and building materials was removed to lighten the vessel. After attempting to sail up West Channel, she foundered 600 metres north east of Popes Eye on 27 November 1841.

Divers discovered the wreck in 1982. She appears as a raised sand hill about 3 metres high. While the superstructure and upper hull have collapsed, the lower portion of the hull, along with much of the assorted cargo, lies preserved in the sand. Artificial sea grass mats have been laid around the dune to stabilise the site. This is a very fragile wreck site, and divers are urged to treat it gently. Extreme care must be taken not to disturb any part of the wreck.

Built in 1824 in Liverpool, England, sunk on 27 November 1841, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 27.5 metres (90 feet), with a displacement weight of 251 tonne (277 short tons).

The site of the William Salthouse is a historic shipwreck protected zone with a 250 metre radius. A permit from Heritage Victoria is required to dive the William Salthouse.

See also Wikipedia: William Salthouse (ship), Heritage Council Victoria: William Salthouse, and Dive Information Sheet: William Salthouse (1824-1841) (Adobe PDF | 598.18 KB).

Latitude: 38° 16.377′ S   (38.272943° S / 38° 16′ 22.59″ S)
Longitude: 144° 42.330′ E   (144.705493° E / 144° 42′ 19.77″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 02:15:13 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Popes Eye, 721 m, bearing 235°, SW
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.
Three masted, brig trading ship, 251 ton.
Sunk: 27 November 1841.
Depth: 8 to 12 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.

 

Port Phillip Wrecks

Of course there are other wreck dive sites in Port Phillip other than those near Port Phillip Heads.

Aneiura

Wreck Dive Boat access

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

Latitude: 38° 5.450′ S   (38.090833° S / 38° 5′ 27″ S)
Longitude: 144° 28.350′ E   (144.4725° E / 144° 28′ 21″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-14 22:40:31 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Briton, 5,745 m, bearing 226°, SW
Wooden sailing schooner, 1652 ton.
Built: Benecia, California, USA, 1918.
Sunk: 1934.
Depth: 3 m.

Boadicia

Wreck Dive Boat access
Latitude: 38° 1.187′ S   (38.019783° S / 38° 1′ 11.22″ S)
Longitude: 144° 50.407′ E   (144.840117° E / 144° 50′ 24.42″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-16 21:36:40 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: City of Launceston, 6,457 m, bearing 190°, S
Lost: 1983.

Briton

Wreck Dive Boat access

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

Latitude: 38° 7.590′ S   (38.1265° S / 38° 7′ 35.4″ S)
Longitude: 144° 25.500′ E   (144.425° E / 144° 25′ 30″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-14 22:51:35 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: City of Melbourne, 1,000 m, bearing 265°, W
Wooden hulk.
Built: New Zealand, 1864.
Sunk: 31 January 1890.
Depth: 3 m.

Carmen

Wreck Dive Boat access
Carmen
Carmen
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The Carmen is significant as an ex-French sealing and whaling relief vessel. It is recreationally significant for the remains of its hull fittings in Jawbone Marine National Park, as one of at least six known vessels abandoned in this area.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Carmen, and MAAV: Carmen 1879-1936.

Latitude: 37° 53.160′ S   (37.886° S / 37° 53′ 9.6″ S)
Longitude: 144° 54.340′ E   (144.905667° E / 144° 54′ 20.4″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-15 17:59:42 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Point Gellibrand, 1,626 m, bearing 358°, N
Wooden lighter.
Built: 1879.
Sunk: 1936.

Cerberus

Wreck Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site

Historic shipwreck protected zone. Permit Required.

Cerberus
Cerberus
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The former flagship of the Victorian Colonial Navy, HMVS Cerberus is internationally significant as a surviving example of a turret ship, or breastwork monitor class of warship. It was the first armoured warship built for Australia, and upon Federation became the Commonwealth of Australia's first capital ship. When it was built, along with its sister ship Magdala they were the first British ships to have low freeboard, breastwork protection, a central superstructure with fore and aft turrets, and the first warships ever built to operate solely on steam propulsion. The Cerberus represents the transition from large high profile wooden sailing warships armed with hundreds of cannon to a low profile 'floating raft' using explosive shells, revolving turret guns, and an iron hull and breastwork.

The Cerberus had an uneventful career for a naval vessel, with never a shot fired in anger in 53 years of service between 1871 and 1926. The HMAS Cerberus naval depot at Flinders is named after the HMVS Cerberus. After its use as a capital ship had expired, the Cerberus operated in Port Phillip as a port guard ship, a floating explosives store, and a submarine depot ship for the six J-Class submarines until being purposely sunk in 1926 for use as a breakwater for the Black Rock Yacht Club.

The wreck has collapsed to the waterline, crushing all passageways in the lower hull. It is unsafe to dive, thus diving is prohibited in the protected zone.

See also Wikipedia: HMVS Cerberus, Australian National Shipwreck Database: Cerberus (HMVS), MAAV: H.M.V.S. Cerberus 1867-1926, and Heritage Council Victoria: Cerberus (HMVS).

Latitude: 37° 58.043′ S   (37.967382° S / 37° 58′ 2.58″ S)
Longitude: 145° 0.473′ E   (145.007876° E / 145° 0′ 28.35″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-27 09:09:04 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Black Rock Jetty, Half Moon Bay, 274 m, bearing 141°, SE
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.
ex HMVS Cerberus, Iron monitor.
Built: Jarrow-on-Tyne, Britain, 1867.
Sunk: 2 September 1926.
Depth: 7 m.

City of Launceston

Wreck Dive Boat access

Historic shipwreck protected zone. Permit Required.

City of Launceston
City of Launceston
© Unknown

The City of Launceston is one of Victoria's most significant shipwrecks. The discovery and reporting of the wreck and subsequent lobbying of the State Government led to the proclamation of the State Historic Shipwrecks Act 1981. It is one of the most intact iron steamship wrecks of its age in Australian waters, is technically and scientifically significant for the remains of its engine and boiler, and evidence of the experimental salvage attempts using Patented Maquay hydrogen gas generating devices. The City of Launceston is archaeologically highly significant for the state of preservation of a complete intra-colonial steamship with evidence of its cabin fittings, passengers luggage and cargo.


SS City of Launceston Shipwreck from Alan Beckhurst on Vimeo.

See also Wikipedia: SS City of Launcestion, and Heritage Council Victoria: SS City of Launceston.

Latitude: 38° 4.610′ S   (38.076829° S / 38° 4′ 36.58″ S)
Longitude: 144° 49.579′ E   (144.826321° E / 144° 49′ 34.76″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-15 13:15:39 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Eleutheria, 157 m, bearing 227°, SW
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.
Steam ship, 368 ton.
Built: Clyde, Scotland.
Sunk: 19 November 1865.
Depth: 14 to 22 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE, Ebb, Flood.

City of Melbourne

Wreck Dive Boat access

The City of Melbourne is historically significant as an American built fast sailing clipper that was owned by the Black Ball Line. It was then used within Port Phillip Bay as a coal hulk and was also acquired for defence use as a block ship.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: City of Melbourne.

Latitude: 38° 7.629′ S   (38.12715° S / 38° 7′ 37.74″ S)
Longitude: 144° 24.816′ E   (144.4136° E / 144° 24′ 48.96″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-15 22:15:02 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Briton, 1,000 m, bearing 85°, E
Wooden hulk, 1828 ton.
Built: Maine, USA, 1853.
Sunk: 30 January 1890.

Countess of Hopetoun

Wreck Dive Boat access
Countess of Hopetoun
Countess of Hopetoun
© Unknown

The Countess of Hopetoun is historically significant as the last vessel to be built for the Victorian naval force. It is also significant for the vessel's role in patrolling Port Phillip during World War I.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Countess of Hopetoun (HMAS).

Latitude: 38° 15.156′ S   (38.2526° S / 38° 15′ 9.36″ S)
Longitude: 144° 41.573′ E   (144.692883° E / 144° 41′ 34.38″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-15 22:18:27 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: S.F. Hersey, 1,124 m, bearing 44°, NE
ex HMVS Countess of Hopetoun, First-class, steam driven torpedo boat.
Built: Poplar, London, England, 1891.
Sunk: 1924.

Diana - Point Cooke

Wreck Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site

The cutter, Diana sprang a leak on Saturday 23 December 1877 off Point Cooke and for the safety of those on board she was run ashore on Point Cooke Reef. The cutter was laden with firewood and was owned by R. Owens of Williamstown.

The Diana was a Bay and coastal trader with runs between Launceston, Western Port, Geelong, Melbourne and Port Fairy.

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

Latitude: 37° 55.800′ S   (37.93° S / 37° 55′ 48″ S)
Longitude: 144° 47.400′ E   (144.79° E / 144° 47′ 24″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2018-01-26 18:09:10 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-26 18:29:23 GMT
Source: Australian National Shipwreck Database
Nearest Neighbour: Point Cooke Beach, 1,510 m, bearing 271°, W
Sailing Cutter
Built: 1841.
Lost: 23 Dec 1877.

Eivion

Wreck Dive Shore access

The wreck of the Eivion at Rye Pier, is historically significant as a Port Phillip Bay lime trader and for its association with its owner Benjamin Stenniken, the 'mayor' of Rye. It is archaeologically significant as the remains of the hull and cargo exhibit aspects of stowing of bagged lime, including the use of bulkheads and possibly limewashed holds to minimise water ingress to the vessel. As part of a maritime and terrestrial landscape it is in proximity to White Cliffs at Rye which produced lime and has remains of historic lime kilns. It is recreationally and educationally significant as the coherent remains of a wooden vessel within swimming distance from Rye Pier and lies in snorkelling depth.

In 1918, after a voyage from Melbourne to Rye, the Eivion encountered strong westerly winds and wave action whilst the vessel was alongside Rye Pier. The Eivion was pounded onto pier. After the storm, Eivion was awash with rigging tangled. Later dynamited to clear wreckage from pier.

The Eivion lies to the east of Rye Pier, in about 3 metres. It can be spotted from up on the pier (about half way) as a dark patch. It is often home to many nudibranchs and rays. You can find shrimp and a variety of small fish. Something nice to change things up, or to head to on a second dive at Rye Pier.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Eivion.

Latitude: 38° 22.019′ S   (38.366981° S / 38° 22′ 1.13″ S)
Longitude: 144° 49.405′ E   (144.823419° E / 144° 49′ 24.31″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-15 22:24:29 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Rye Pier, 103 m, bearing 337°, NNW
Depth: 3 m.

Isis

Wreck Dive Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site

Motor Vessel | Max Depth: 10 metres (33 feet)

Isis
Isis
© Unknown

The Isis was a timber, auxiliary, two-masted yacht. Torn by fierce seas from moorings off Frankston. Equipped with auxiliary sails. Driven stern first on to a reef about 1/4 mile from shore, battered to pieces. Masts torn loose, flotsam carried ashore. The three men were sleeping when storm struck, anchor failed to grip. Engine would not start and when it did impossible to raise anchor. The three managed to escape in dinghy but in high seas an oar was lost. Captain Thomson managed to get boat ashore with great difficulty.

Built in 1892 in North Sydney, NSW, sunk on 10 March 1932, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 26.03 metres (85 feet), beam 4.15 metres (14 feet) and draught 2.86 metres (9.4 feet) giving a displacement weight of 71 tonne (78 short tons).

The remains of the Isis are significant for their association with William Buckland, one of Australia's richest men.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Isis, and MAAV: Isis 1892-1932.

Latitude: 38° 8.083′ S   (38.134717° S / 38° 8′ 4.98″ S)
Longitude: 145° 5.828′ E   (145.097133° E / 145° 5′ 49.68″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 02:16:21 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Yakka Reef Frankston, 899 m, bearing 214°, SW
Timber, auxiliary, two-masted yacht, 71 ton.
Built: North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1892.
Sunk: 10 March 1932.
Depth: 10 m.

Eleutheria

Wreck Dive Boat access

After a number of salvage attempts on City of Launceston, it was purchased by its engineer, Barrett, for 310 pounds on 29 June 1866 and sold to a group of shareholders for a final salvage attempt, using the Eleutheria for lighterage, which had been employed in previous attempts. Used as base for operations, it sank during salvage attempts. Markers removed from wreck 10 October 1866 after masts removed. Least depth of water over highest part of vessel - 7 fathoms. Voyages before coming to Australia: London-Quebec, London-Londonerry-Bordeaux, Limerick-New York, Liverpool-Barbados. The then barque arrived in Melbourne from Glasgow in 1854 with 21 passengers. Converted to powder hulk in 1862.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Eleutheria.

Latitude: 38° 4.667′ S   (38.077778° S / 38° 4′ 40″ S)
Longitude: 144° 49.500′ E   (144.825° E / 144° 49′ 30″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-15 22:24:52 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Pinafore, 140 m, bearing 258°, WSW
Wooden hulk.
Built: Shields, Durham, England, 1835.
Sunk: 5 July 1866.

No locations found.

Firefly Aircraft 2

Wreck Dive Boat access

In 1947 this Fairey Firefly Second World War-era, carrier-borne, fighter aircraf crashed into the sea off Frankston, Victoria as the result of a collision between another Fairy Firefly at 1500 ft.

See also, Wikipedia: Fairey Firefly, and Australian National Shipwreck Database: Frankston - Fairey Firefly.

Latitude: 38° 5.980′ S   (38.099667° S / 38° 5′ 58.8″ S)
Longitude: 145° 0.692′ E   (145.011533° E / 145° 0′ 41.52″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-15 22:54:08 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Firefly Aircraft 1, 55 m, bearing 144°, SE

Firefly Aircraft 3

Wreck Dive Boat access

In 1947 this Fairey Firefly Second World War-era, carrier-borne, fighter aircraf crashed into the sea off Frankston, Victoria as the result of a collision between another Fairy Firefly at 1500 ft.

See also, Wikipedia: Fairey Firefly, and Australian National Shipwreck Database: Frankston - Fairey Firefly.

Latitude: 38° 6.091′ S   (38.101517° S / 38° 6′ 5.46″ S)
Longitude: 145° 0.627′ E   (145.01045° E / 145° 0′ 37.62″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-15 22:54:34 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Firefly Aircraft 1, 205 m, bearing 38°, NE

Foig a Ballagh

Wreck Dive Boat access

The Foig a Ballagh, which lies between Coles and West Channel, Port Phillip, is representative of one of the small trading sailing vessels, carrying essential goods into and out of Melbourne during the nineteenth century. Coal was becoming an indispensible commodity in Victoria from the 1850s onwards with the development of the railways and the new steamships that were becoming increasingly popular and Foig-a-Ballagh was a coal-carrying trader. Foig-a-Ballagh potentially has archaeological significance for Irish shipbuilding techniques as it is possible the bow is reasonably well preserved under the sand. The vessel holds potential significance as a training site for maritime archaeology students.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Foig a Ballagh.

Latitude: 38° 12.450′ S   (38.2075° S / 38° 12′ 27″ S)
Longitude: 144° 43.430′ E   (144.723833° E / 144° 43′ 25.8″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-15 23:13:39 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Monarch, 397 m, bearing 207°, SSW
Wooden barque.
Built: Belfast, Ireland, 1845.
Sunk: 6 August 1852.

Francis Henty

Wreck Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site

Registry cancelled 11 Sept. 1951. Initially a dredge, the Frances Henty was later used as a cable layer. Lies at end of the rocky breakwater near Sandringham Pier.

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

Latitude: 37° 56.529′ S   (37.942158° S / 37° 56′ 31.77″ S)
Longitude: 144° 59.540′ E   (144.992334° E / 144° 59′ 32.4″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-27 09:04:53 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: J7 Submarine, 298 m, bearing 162°, SSE
Cable layer, steamer hulk.
Built: Renfrew, Scotland, 1889.
Sunk: 1949.
Depth: 3 to 4 m.

Henrietta

Wreck Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site

The Henrietta left Geelong before dawn on 29/09/1940 in a SW breeze that soon strengthened. When well under way crew found no chart of Bay was on board (previously removed by a pilot for updating and not returned). Ran aground, with tide falling, on end of reef that runs out from Point Cooke for more than 1 mile, buoy marking end of reef not seen in bad weather conditions.

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

Latitude: 37° 55.800′ S   (37.93° S / 37° 55′ 48″ S)
Longitude: 144° 48.600′ E   (144.81° E / 144° 48′ 36″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2018-01-26 18:38:46 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-26 18:44:45 GMT
Source: Australian National Shipwreck Database
Nearest Neighbour: Diana - Point Cooke, 1,754 m, bearing 270°, W
Wooden Sailing Schooner
Built: 1915.
Lost: 20 Sep 1940.

Medea

Wreck Dive Boat access

Coal carrier from Newcastle, return voyages - sundries. Passed through Heads about 8 pm but returned due to gale. Ran ashore but refused help of Queenscliff lifeboat, even though vessel was filling fast. Other efforts failed too - a survey showed vessel breaking up fast so put in hands of underwriters. Only insured for small amount as owners were considering venture of larger steam colliers. Medea, one of their fleet of coal barques, operated mostly between Newcastle, Geelong and Melbourne.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Medea.

Latitude: 38° 15.500′ S   (38.258333° S / 38° 15′ 30″ S)
Longitude: 144° 43.250′ E   (144.720833° E / 144° 43′ 15″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-16 02:56:40 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: William Salthouse, 2,105 m, bearing 219°, SW

Monarch

Wreck Dive Boat access

Monach was purchased by E.M. Sayers, 1852, for Melbourne trade. Attempt to refloat vessel by steam tug Resolute failed. Seabird, close by, broke up about same time. Titan also failed in rescue attempt. Monarch's pumps unable to cope. Abandoned to underwriters. Remains auctioned for 350 pounds, then re-sold for 17 pounds cash. Registry closed 6 Aug. 1867.

The Monarch is archaeologically significant as one of the most complete wooden wrecks in Victoria.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Monarch.

Latitude: 38° 12.640′ S   (38.210667° S / 38° 12′ 38.4″ S)
Longitude: 144° 43.304′ E   (144.721733° E / 144° 43′ 18.24″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-16 02:58:33 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Foig a Ballagh, 397 m, bearing 27°, NNE

Pinafore

Wreck Dive Boat access

Rig listed as steam launch While being towed up Bay by the steam tug Amy, it began shipping water in strong sea. Bailing was ineffectual, so Captain Wilkins stopped Amy's engines to allow Pinafore's crew to board for safety. Just as Pinafore ranged alongside a heavy sea broke over the vessel, causing it to founder head first.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Pinafore.

Latitude: 38° 4.682′ S   (38.078033° S / 38° 4′ 40.92″ S)
Longitude: 144° 49.406′ E   (144.823433° E / 144° 49′ 24.36″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-16 03:07:51 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Eleutheria, 140 m, bearing 78°, ENE

Omega

Wreck Dive Boat access

The schooner Omega entered the West Channel in foggy weather too far to the east of the West Channel Pile Light. Despite steering the correct course the vessel went aground on the eastern bank of the West Channel. The captain could not see the buoys at the time due to the foggy weather.

The tug Rescue attempted tow the vessel free but the Omega filled with water. The remains were sold for six pounds/ The omega had recently had a thorough overhaul before its last voyage. Vessel and cargo insured (sum not known). Register closed 30 Nov. 1897 Charge of misconduct preferred against Capt. Carr not sustained by Court of Marine Inquiry but cautioned him to be more careful in future - error of judgement.

The Omega is archaeologically significant as the well preserved remains of a small Australian-built coastal trading vessel typical of the fleet that sailed around south-eastern Australia i.e.: representative of a type.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Omega.

Latitude: 38° 13.473′ S   (38.22455° S / 38° 13′ 28.38″ S)
Longitude: 144° 44.118′ E   (144.7353° E / 144° 44′ 7.08″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-16 03:04:51 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Swallow, 1,869 m, bearing 189°, S

Ozone

Wreck Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
Ozone
Ozone
© Unknown

Depth: 2 to 4 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

The Ozone was a bay paddle steamer and it was sunk in October 1925, together with the Dominon, to form a breakwater for the bay near Indented Head.

Head out over the shallow sandy bottom to the Ozone and explore the remains. The remains of the Dominion shipwreck are about 20 metres north of the Ozone.

The area is popular for dive training and it allows divers to have an interesting wreck dive at the same time.

The Ozone is socially significant as one of the well known 'Bay Steamers' that used to ply Port Phillip and Corio Bay with passengers on short trips and excursions. The Bay Steamer 'wings' on Station Pier and jetties such as at Clifton Springs, Queenscliff and Portsea are other reminders of this era. The Ozone is also recreationally significant as an easily accessible shipwreck site that can be snorkelled and dived, with boilers, steering quadrant, paddlewheels and bow section providing interest and a home for marine life.

See also, Wikipedia: Ozone (paddle steamer), MAAV: Ozone 1886-1925, Australian National Shipwreck Database: Ozone, and Heritage Council Victoria: Ozone.

Latitude: 38° 8.348′ S   (38.13913° S / 38° 8′ 20.87″ S)
Longitude: 144° 42.816′ E   (144.713598° E / 144° 42′ 48.95″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-27 08:53:15 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Dominion, 13 m, bearing 322°, NW
Bay steamer.
Built: Glasgow, 1886.
Sunk: 1925.
Depth: 2 to 4 m.

Queenscliff

Wreck Dive Boat access

This unidentied wreck lies in Port Phillip, Northeast of Queenscliff on the edge of the West Channel.

The wreck consists off some large timbers possibly a section of keel or keelson, with planking attached. A small amount of coal also present along with copper alloy fastenings. No sign of other wreckage.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Unidentified: Queenscliff.

Latitude: 37° 56.600′ S   (37.943333° S / 37° 56′ 36″ S)
Longitude: 144° 44.800′ E   (144.746667° E / 144° 44′ 48″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-16 23:05:43 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Point Cooke Beach, 2,748 m, bearing 56°, NE

Restless

Wreck Dive Boat access

The wreck of the Restless is significant as being representative of a type of vessel: i.e.: North American built sailing vessel involved in coastal trade, and later as a lighter. It has the potential to reveal archaeological evidence of these stages of its life. It is recreationally significant being close to shore, and easily accessed by divers and snorkellers.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Restless.

Latitude: 38° 4.342′ S   (38.072367° S / 38° 4′ 20.52″ S)
Longitude: 145° 7.133′ E   (145.118883° E / 145° 7′ 7.98″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-16 06:03:59 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Tedesco Reef Seaford, 2,618 m, bearing 230°, SW
Restless, a wooden brigantine.
Built: Novia Scotia, 1866.
Sunk: 1902.

Seabird

Wreck Dive Boat access

Located near Cape Patton.

On 06 Mar 1895 while on a voyage from Apollo Bay To Melbourne with a cargo of split posts for Portarlington, and a 'large quantity' of butter and cheese for Melbourne with strong south-west wind and moderate seas, the Sea Bird went ashore in a strong south-west wind and was wrecked.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Seabird.

Latitude: 38° 12.100′ S   (38.201667° S / 38° 12′ 6″ S)
Longitude: 144° 44.833′ E   (144.747217° E / 144° 44′ 49.98″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 20:14:27 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: West Channel Pile, 1,162 m, bearing 45°, NE

S.F. Hersey

Wreck Dive Boat access

The S.F. Hersey was a fine American built ship of 991 tons purchased by the Tasmanian Steamship Company in 1890. She was the largest square rigger registered out of Hobart. She made several voyages between Hobart and Newcastle under the command of Captain Wilson before she was converted to a coal hulk.

On 21 May 1923 the SF Hersey was scuttled to be used as a pier in Port Phillip at the north end of Swan Island, next to the J3 Submarine.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: S.F. Hersey.

Latitude: 38° 14.720′ S   (38.245333° S / 38° 14′ 43.2″ S)
Longitude: 144° 42.110′ E   (144.701833° E / 144° 42′ 6.6″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-16 06:05:47 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: J3 Swan Island Submarine, 149 m, bearing 5°, N

Swallow

Wreck Dive Boat access

The Swallow served sixty years in service around coast and in Port Phillip. Formerly a fishing cutter. Purchased after World War I for Apollo Bay. Blew ashore at Apollo Bay in January 1922 but was refloated. Now lies in Port Phillip Bay, between West and Loelia Channels.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Swallow.

Latitude: 38° 14.467′ S   (38.241117° S / 38° 14′ 28.02″ S)
Longitude: 144° 43.900′ E   (144.731667° E / 144° 43′ 54″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-16 06:11:14 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Omega, 1,869 m, bearing 9°, N

Uralba

Wreck Dive Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site

Wooden Coal Burner | Max Depth: 20 metres (66 feet)

Uralba
Uralba
© Unknown

The HMAS Uralba was a wooden hulled single screw steamer, the last vessel built for the North Coast Steam Navigation Co., and fitted with second-hand machinery. It was also the last wooden coal burner built in Australia. Scuttled, with an old pleasure boat (condemned by Marine Board), by the Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands as part of their artificial reef program. This program resulted in a number of reefs being established in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port, including the George Kermode off Phillip Island.

The HMAS Uralba had been a wartime boom defence vessel, and served in Milne Bay, New Guinea. Purchased by State Electricity Commission of Victoria in 1946, running concrete cargoes between Tasmania and the mainland. Two ownership changes followed. Then Benny Gelbart of Footscray bought the vessel for conversion to a Northern Territory cattle boat but it sank when moored in Yarra — caulking had deteriorated. It was salvaged, re-caulked, and towed to a mooring adjacent to the Charles Grimes Bridge. Eleven of its natural knees were used in the reconstruction of the Golden Plover, now in Queensland. The Uralba remained there until, filled with ballast, it was towed by the Ports and Harbors tug Fury to reef-site and blown with 20 sticks of gelignite by 'Buck' Taylor — debris went everywhere.

The Uralba lies off Carrum, Port Phillip Bay, on a silty bottom and rises 5 metres from the seabed. The main deck, bridge deck superstructure and all machinery were removed before scuttling. The bare hull sits upright, with the only penetrable part being the forward accommodation area. Lying next to the Uralba on the starboard side about midships is a small 20ft steel vessel, sunk at the same time.

Built in 1942 in Tuncurry, NSW, sunk on 5 November 1971, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 47.093 metres (155 feet), beam 11.28 metres (37 feet) and draught 2.74 metres (9 feet) giving a displacement weight of 603 tonne (665 short tons)..

See also Wikipedia: HMAS Uralba, MAAV: Uralba 1942-1971, and Heritage Council Victoria: Uralba.

Latitude: 38° 4.731′ S   (38.07885° S / 38° 4′ 43.86″ S)
Longitude: 145° 2.285′ E   (145.038083° E / 145° 2′ 17.1″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 02:17:14 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Firefly Aircraft 2, 3,280 m, bearing 225°, SW
ex SEC freighter, wooden coal burner.
Built: Tuncurry, 1942.
Sunk: 5 November 1971.
Depth: 18 to 20 m.

 

Phillip Island Shipwrecks

Coramba

Wreck Dive Boat access

The TSS Coramba is socially and historically significant, as one of Victoria's worst shipwreck tragedies in living memory. Relatives of those who were lost are still alive, and the tragedy claimed the lives of fathers and breadwinners during the Depression. 17 lives were lost in the tragedy.

The Coramba served the Western District ports and had replaced the Casino which had also been tragically wrecked two years before. The wrecks of the Casino and Coramba were the death knell for steamship services to the Western District as railways and road transport replaced shipping for trade. 'The Coramba Gale' in which the Coramba foundered is still one of the worst storms recorded to have hit Victoria, with widespread flooding, wind damage and property loss in the south eastern Melbourne metropolitan district.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: TSS Coramba.

Latitude: 38° 32.116′ S   (38.535267° S / 38° 32′ 6.96″ S)
Longitude: 145° 8.800′ E   (145.146667° E / 145° 8′ 48″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-15 22:16:51 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Golden Bommies, 6,968 m, bearing 104°, ESE
TSS Coramba, Twin screw steam ship, 531 ton.
Built: Ayrshire, Scotland.
Launched: 15 August 1911.
Sunk: 30 November 1934.

George Kermode

Wreck Dive Boat access
Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site

Steam Bucket Dredge | Max Depth: 20 metres (66 feet)

George Kermode
George Kermode
© Unknown

Built in 1914 by Fleming and Ferguson in Paisley Scotland as the Sir William Matthews, she was a twin screwed steam bucket dredge. She was purchased by the Melbourne Harbour Trust on 10 October 1941. After an extensive refit she was renamed the George Kermode and was used to maintain the Port of Melbourne. She was scuttled by the Department of Conservation, Forests and Land on the 1 April 1976 as an artificial reef in Cunningham Bay off Phillip Island. She now lies in upside down in 20 metres of water rising up to 12 metres at the highest point. A fantastic wreck dive, she is fairly well intact with lots of penetration.

Built in 1914 in Paisley, Scotland, sunk on 1 April 1976, the overall length of the vessel was approximately 70.104 metres (230 feet), beam 13.4112 metres (44 feet) and draught 5.1816 metres (17 feet) giving a displacement weight of 803 tonne (885 short tons).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: TSS George Kermode.

Latitude: 38° 31.230′ S   (38.5205° S / 38° 31′ 13.8″ S)
Longitude: 145° 14.687′ E   (145.244783° E / 145° 14′ 41.22″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-24 02:17:58 GMT
Source: GPS Verified
Nearest Neighbour: Golden Bommies, 3,851 m, bearing 207°, SSW
Twin screwed steam bucket dredge.
Depth: 12 to 20 m.

Minah

Wreck Dive Boat access
Minah
Minah
© Unknown

Minah broke adrift from its anchorage during a gale in 1950 and stranded on a mud bank within sight of Rhyll. Vessel was later abandoned. Signal Letters: VSTF.

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Minah.

Latitude: 38° 28.710′ S   (38.4785° S / 38° 28′ 42.6″ S)
Longitude: 145° 19.210′ E   (145.320167° E / 145° 19′ 12.6″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2018-01-16 02:57:50 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: George Kermode, 8,053 m, bearing 234°, SW


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