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Victorian Ships Graveyard Wreck Dives

Victorian Ships' Graveyard

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.

There are two areas that make up Victoria's Ships' Graveyard:

  1. Outer Heads Area: An undocumented area outside Port Phillip Heads used between 1900 and 1925. It was the lack of dicipline in the use of this area that caused an official area to be created. Back in the day they would take hulks to be scuttled out to the area, open the sea cocks and set them adrift, sometimes even ablaze. The result was some vessels drifted and ended up all over the place. The hulk of the 567-ton barque Norwester ended up on the popular tourist beach at Portsea in November 1928. Public outcry at such mishaps saw the introduction of sea dumping legislation.
  2. Commonwealth Area No. 3: This is the designated Victorian zone for sea dumping of obsolete vessels. Proclaimed in Beaches, Fishing Grounds and Sea Routes ACT 1932, this is the official Ships' Graveyard. Area #3 is 6 kilometres in diameter and ranges in depth from 40 to 60 metres and is located approximately 10 kilometres south west of Barwon Heads.
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.

All shipwrecks in the Victorian Ships' Graveyard are protected.
Any persons contravening the Heritage Act (1995) may face severe penalties as a result.


Alert

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-06-03 05:16:49 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Cape Schanck Cray Reef, 10,320 m, bearing 81°, E
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.
Steamship.
Built: Glasgow, Scottland, 1877.
Sunk: 28 December 1893.
Depth: 75 m.
See the Alert dive site page

Auriga

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 02:18:50 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.
See the Auriga dive site page

Batman

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 02:14:54 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.
See the Batman dive site page

Bayonet

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-03-23 01:22:51 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Helen, 25,482 m, bearing 63°, ENE
ex HMAS Bayonet, Australian Navy Attack class patrol boat, 150 ton.
Built: Queensland, 1968.
Sunk: 21 September 1999.
Depth: 82 m.
See the Bayonet dive site page

Beverwijk 19

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 02:13:42 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Victorian, 226 m, bearing 10°, N
A steam powered, steel hulled suction cutter dredge, 319 ton.
Built: 1912.
Scuttled: 7 May 1963.
Depth: 42 to 46 m.
See the Beverwijk 19 dive site page

Birchgrove

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, Australian National Shipwreck Database: Birchgrove, and
Heritage Council Victoria: Birchgrove.


Brunette

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-06-05 05:11:23 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.
Depth: 70 m.
See the Brunette dive site page

Buninyong

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 02:11:09 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.
See the Buninyong dive site page

Bunyip

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 02:09:02 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.
See the Bunyip dive site page

Burke

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 02:06:11 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.
See the Burke dive site page

Campana

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 01:59:17 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 1927.
Depth: 54 to 56 m.
See the Campana dive site page

Casablanca

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 02:21:06 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.
See the Casablanca dive site page

Coogee

Wreck Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 18.411′ S   (38.30685° S / 38° 18′ 24.66″ 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: 2019-05-09 23:57:17 GMT
Source: Packo GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: J5 Yellow Submarine, 520 m, bearing 211°, 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.
See the Coogee dive site page

Courier

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Slack Water Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 02:25:14 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.
See the Courier dive site page

D McLennan

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 02:30:34 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Bunyip, 716 m, bearing 238°, WSW
Steam bucket dredge, 424 ton.
Built: Leyden, Holland, 1912.
Scuttled: 8 June 1949.
Depth: 58 m.
See the D McLennan dive site page

Don Diego

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 02:32:23 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.
See the Don Diego dive site page

Dunloe

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-31 07:50:11 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.
See the Dunloe dive site page

Edward Northcote

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 02:36:12 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.
See the Edward Northcote dive site page

Euro

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 02:40:43 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.
See the Euro dive site page

Fawkner

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 02:50:06 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.
See the Fawkner dive site page

Helen

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 36.900′ S   (38.615° S / 38° 36′ 54″ S)
Longitude: 144° 51.000′ E   (144.85° E / 144° 51′ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-11 05:48:07 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-23 03:54:34 GMT
Source: Australian National Shipwreck Database
Nearest Neighbour: Cape Schanck West, 13,596 m, bearing 13°, NNE
Three Masted Barque.
Built: 1864.
Sunk: 1938.
See the Helen dive site page

H.C. Piggot

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 02:59:21 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.
See the H.C. Piggot dive site page

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

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 03:07:28 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.
See the Hygeia dive site page

John Nimmo

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 03:13:36 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.
See the John Nimmo dive site page

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, Australian National Shipwreck Database: Kingswear, and
Heritage Council Victoria: Kingswear.


Leeuwin

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 03:18:56 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.
See the Leeuwin dive site page

Malaita

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 04:14:09 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Hygeia, 944 m, bearing 60°, ENE
Steel steamship, 940 ton.
Built: Grangemouth, UK, 1893.
Scuttled: 20 November 1928.
See the Malaita dive site page

Milora

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 04:58:26 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.
See the Milora dive site page

Norwester

Wreck Dive Boat access
Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 05:45:38 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: London Bridge, 151 m, bearing 52°, NE
Iron clipper sailing barque, 567 ton.
Built: Glasgow, Scotland, 1864.
Scuttled: 21 November 1928.
Depth: 2 m.
See the Norwester dive site page

Pioneer

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 06:05:42 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.
See the Pioneer dive site page

Rotomahana

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 06:30:04 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.
See the Rotomahana dive site page

Sir William McPherson

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-03-22 23:52:47 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.
See the Sir William McPherson dive site page

VHB 53

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-02-25 19:17:36 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.
See the VHB 53 dive site page

VHB 54

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-03-20 07:21:50 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Victorian, 791 m, bearing 164°, SSE
Steel hopper barge.
Scuttled: 17 December 1970.
Depth: 52 to 54 m.
See the VHB 54 dive site page

Victorian

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 21.000′ S   (38.35° S / 38° 21′ S)
Longitude: 144° 25.200′ E   (144.42° E / 144° 25′ 12″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-23 01:13:40 GMT
Source: Australian National Shipwreck Database. Actual location not known.
Nearest Neighbour: Beverwijk 19, 226 m, bearing 190°, S
SS Victorian, Steal hulled steam ship, 718 ton.
Built: Glasgow, Scotland, 1876.
Scuttled: 8 May 1925.
See the Victorian dive site page

Wareatea

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 07:18:53 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.
See the Wareatea dive site page

Werfa

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Subject to Shipping Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 21.380′ S   (38.356327° S / 38° 21′ 22.78″ S)
Longitude: 144° 34.039′ E   (144.567317° E / 144° 34′ 2.34″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-12 07:31:32 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Leeuwin, 561 m, bearing 325°, NW
Iron sailing steam lighter, 862 ton.
Built: Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK, 1883.
Scuttled: 20 March 1929.
Depth: 62 to 65 m.
See the Werfa dive site page

White Pine

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 07:57:38 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.
See the White Pine dive site page

Wills

Wreck Dive Boat access
Outside Port Phillip Bay Technical Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2019-05-12 08:00:50 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.
See the Wills dive site page

Other wrecks in Victoria's Ships' Graveyard include:


DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.

If you don't understand the differences between the different ways coordinates are given, plus how different datum come into play, you might find the article GPS Conversions by Lloyd Borrett a useful read. It describes the problems associated with locating dive sites using a GPS receiver.

GPS latitude explained


Scuba Doctor Dive Map KML File

In the true spirit of making it easy to obtain, utilise and share the information for non-commercial purposes, you can now Download/view the Scuba Doctor Dive Map GPS Marks (KML file | 250.79 KB | 16-Jun-2019) in the Keyhole Markup Language (KML) file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser such as Google Earth and Google Maps.

Some marine GPS units can import the information from a KML file. For others you can use use a file translate program (e.g. GPSBabel) to convert the KML file into an import file format (e.g. GPX) supported by your GPS unit.


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We recommend you don't go diving in Bass Strait if any of the following conditions are likely to occur within a 24 hour period:

  • A Strong Wind Warning (or above - Gale, Storm, Hurricane) has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for Port Phillip Bay and/or Bass Strait (Central Coast);
  • Wind strength exceeding 20 knots (37 kpm) from the direction: NW, NNW, N, W, NE, NNE;
  • Wind strength exceeding 15 knots (28 kpm) from the direction: SW, SSW, S;
  • Wind strength exceeding 10 knots (19 kpm) from the direction: SE, SSE, E;
  • Swell Height exceeding 2 metres (6.6 feet);
  • Any swell exceeding 1 metre (3.3 feet) with a period less than 5 seconds;
  • A weather change is due which may cause any of the above conditions to occur.

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