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Port Phillip Heads Shipwreck Dives

Victoria's Port Phillip Heads have been extremely hazardous for ships, from the first recorded shipwreck in 1840 until the present. The treacherous currents, hidden reefs and narrow 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
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
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: 2022-04-29 20:01:14 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.
Corsair Rock, Port Philip Heads.
Depth: 5 to 8 m.
Dive only on: SWE.
See the Australia RMS dive site page

Black Boy

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Shore access
Shore access
Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
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 | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-03 20:05:25 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.
Port Phillip Heads.
Depth: 3 to 10 m.
Dive only on: SWE, Ebb.
See the Black Boy dive site page

Campbell

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 18.000′ S   (38.3° S / 38° 18′ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.400′ E   (144.64° E / 144° 38′ 24″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2020-05-17 05:28:26 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-06 16:53:45 GMT
Source: Australasian Underwater Cultural Heritage Database (approximate location only)
Nearest Neighbour: Trimix Corner, 82 m, bearing 241°, WSW
Steel Screw Whaling Steamer, 135 ton.
Built: Christiana, Norway, 1911.
Sunk: 13 June 1914.
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park.
Depth: 3 to 9 m.
See the Campbell dive site page

SS Cheviot

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive 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: 2022-04-29 21:59:58 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Petriana, 838 m, bearing 297°, WNW
Schooner Rigged Iron Screw Steamer.
Built: Tyne, England, 1870.
Sunk: 20 October 1887.
Cheviot Bay, Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park.
Depth: 1 to 7 m.
See the SS Cheviot dive site page

Clarence

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2022-05-08 14:55:35 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Foig a Ballagh, 551 m, bearing 174°, S
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.
Two-Masted Wooden Schooner.
Built: Williams River, NSW, 1841.
Sunk: 2 September 1850.
St Leonards, Port Phillip.
Depth: 5 m.
See the Clarence dive site page

Conside

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
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: 2022-04-06 10:48:16 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Outer Point Lonsdale Reef, 116 m, bearing 74°, ENE
Steamship, 368 ton.
Built: South Shields, England, 1848.
Sunk: 14 September 1852.
Lonsdale Reef, Port Phillip Heads.
Depth: 5 m.
Dive only on: SWE, Ebb.
See the Conside dive site page

Craigburn

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive 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: 2022-04-27 01:45:46 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Number Sixteen, 373 m, bearing 58°, ENE
Four-Masted Iron Barque, 2,065 ton.
Built: Glasgow, Scotland, 1884.
Sunk: 8 May 1891.
Depth: 6 to 8 m.
See the Craigburn dive site page

Eliza Ramsden

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Slack Water Subject to Shipping Wreck Dive Site
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: 2022-05-18 03:03:33 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Ramsden Reef, 75 m, bearing 48°, NE
Three-Masted Iron Barque, 515 ton.
Built: Glasgow, Scotland, 1874.
Sunk: 24 July 1875.
Depth: 14 to 22 m.
Portsea, Port Phillip.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Eliza Ramsden dive site page

Empress of the Sea

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2022-05-06 05:16:30 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Nepean Bay Inner East - Radar, 395 m, bearing 196°, SSW
Three-Masted, Square Rigged, Wooden Clipper Ship, 2,200 ton.
Built: Boston, Massachusetts, 1853.
Sunk: 19 December 1861.
Nepean Bay, Port Phillip.
Depth: 5 to 7 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE, Flood.
See the Empress of the Sea dive site page

Formosa

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 19.639′ S   (38.327318° S / 38° 19′ 38.34″ S)
Longitude: 144° 40.900′ E   (144.68167° E / 144° 40′ 54.01″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-29 06:16:36 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Sierra Nevada, 580 m, bearing 118°, ESE
Twin Screw Steamer.
Built: Rutherglen, Scotland, 1868.
Sunk: 5 February 1869.
Depth: 9 m.
See the Formosa dive site page

Gambier

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 16.384′ S   (38.273067° S / 38° 16′ 23.04″ S)
Longitude: 144° 41.357′ E   (144.689283° E / 144° 41′ 21.42″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-13 14:10:35 GMT
Source: Dive Victoria
Nearest Neighbour: Popes Eye Anchor Farm, 866 m, bearing 110°, ESE
Iron Passenger Steamship.
Built: Dumbarton, Scotland, 1874.
Sunk: 28 August 1891.
Port Phillip.
Depth: 14 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Gambier dive site page

Gange

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Shore access
Shore access
Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site
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 | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-13 21:36:20 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Holyhead, 36 m, bearing 39°, NE
Three-Masted Iron Barque, 1,071 ton.
Built: Lussinpiccolo, Austria, 1885.
Sunk: 23 July 1887.
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park.
Port Phillip Heads.
Depth: 5 to 8 m.
Dive only on: SWE, Ebb.
See the Gange dive site page

George Roper

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Shore access
Shore access
Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
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 | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-14 01:55:23 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.
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park.
Depth: 4 to 6 m.
See the George Roper dive site page

Glaneuse

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Shore access
Shore access
Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site
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 | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-14 19:08:36 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Buckleys Cave, 146 m, bearing 69°, ENE
Three-Masted Iron Barque.
Built: 1870.
Sunk: 2 October 1886.
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park.
Depth: 6 m.
See the Glaneuse dive site page

Goorangai

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Slack Water Subject to Shipping Wreck Dive Site
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: 2022-05-11 03:35:29 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Ramsden Reef, 840 m, bearing 243°, WSW
Steam Driven Auxiliary Minesweeper.
Built: Newcastle, NSW, 1919.
Sunk: 20 November 1940.
South Channel, Port Phillip.
Depth: 13 to 15 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Goorangai dive site page

Holyhead

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Shore access
Shore access
Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
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 | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-14 01:57:16 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.
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park.
Depth: 6 to 10 m.
Dive only on: SWE, Ebb.
See the Holyhead dive site page

Hurricane

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Scallops Dive Site Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
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: 2022-05-07 05:54:32 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Rosebud Reef, 1,572 m, bearing 109°, ESE
Three-Masted Iron Clipper, 1,198 ton.
Built: Glasgow, Scotland, 1853.
Sunk: 22 April 1869.
Capel Sound, Port Phillip.
Depth: 8 to 12 m.
See the Hurricane dive site page

Isabella Watson

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2022-05-18 03:07:04 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Nepean Reef, 128 m, bearing 277°, W
Three-Masted Wooden Ship, 514 ton.
Built: 1840.
Sunk: 21 September 1852.
Nepean Reef, Port Phillip Heads.
Depth: 4 m.
See the Isabella Watson dive site page

Joanna

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
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: 2022-05-08 15:28:07 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Foig a Ballagh, 550 m, bearing 275°, W
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.
Two-Masted Wooden Schooner.
Built: Rye, Victoria, 1856.
Sunk: 9 July 1857.
Depth: 4 to 7 m.
See the Joanna dive site page

Lady Cheryl

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
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: 2022-05-14 20:51:30 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Empress of the Sea, 589 m, bearing 111°, ESE
Fishing Vessel.
Built: 1987.
Sunk: 24 March 2012.
Port Phillip Heads.
Depth: 6 to 14 m.
See the Lady Cheryl dive site page

Light of the Age

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Shore access
Shore access
Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site
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 | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-27 04:20:29 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Point Lonsdale Back Beach, 886 m, bearing 94°, E
Three-Masted Wooden Clipper Ship.
Built: Boston, Massachusetts, 1855.
Sunk: 16 January 1868.
Point Lonsdale, Barwon Coast, Bellarine Peninsula.
Depth: 4 to 6 m.
See the Light of the Age dive site page

Mountain Maid

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 14.310′ S   (38.2385° S / 38° 14′ 18.6″ S)
Longitude: 144° 42.446′ E   (144.707433° E / 144° 42′ 26.76″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-15 02:22:36 GMT
Source: Getunder Dive Club
Nearest Neighbour: Will O the Wisp, 641 m, bearing 238°, WSW
Wooden hulled, two-masted Brigantine.
Built: Dundee, 1841.
Sunk: 24 September 1856.
Depth: 5 to 8 m.
See the Mountain Maid dive site page

Petriana

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site
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: 2022-05-01 01:00:38 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Nepean Bay Inner West, 709 m, bearing 1°, N
Iron Screw Steamer, 1821 ton.
Built: Newcastle upon Tyne, England, 1879.
Sunk: 28 November 1903.
Point Nepean, Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park.
Depth: 3 to 6 m.
See the Petriana dive site page

Portsea Hole Wreck

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Inside Port Phillip Marine Park - No Fishing Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
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: 2022-04-29 09:33:35 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Portsea Hole, 36 m, bearing 156°, SSE
Fishing boat, 13m.
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park.
Depth: 25 to 27 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Portsea Hole Wreck dive site page

Sierra Nevada

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Shore access
Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive 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 | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-29 20:29:45 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.
Portsea, Back Beaches, Mornington Peninsula.
Depth: 3 to 7 m.
See the Sierra Nevada dive site page

Time

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
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: 2022-05-15 23:13:13 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Nepean Reef, 0 m, bearing 0°, N
Steel Screw Cargo Steamer, 3316 ton.
Sunk: 27 August 1949.
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park.
Depth: 5 to 8 m.
See the Time dive site page

Wauchope

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
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: 2022-05-07 07:42:33 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Sorrento Boat Moorings, 822 m, bearing 194°, SSW
Two-Masted Wooden Twin-Screw Steamer, 269 ton.
Built: Manning, NSW, 1905.
Sunk: 1 August 1919.
Sorrento, Port Phillip.
Depth: 0 to 4 m.
See the Wauchope dive site page

Wyrallah

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2022-04-29 22:57:59 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Rip Bank, 367 m, bearing 96°, E
Port Phillip Heads.
Steel hull, 206 ton.
Depth: 13 m.
See the Wyrallah dive site page

Will O the Wisp

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
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: 2022-05-08 16:11:29 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: J3 Swan Island Submarine, 328 m, bearing 149°, SSE
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.
Wooden Schooner.
Built: Liverpool, England, 1840.
Sunk: 8 October 1853.
West Channel, Port Phillip.
Depth: 3 m.
See the Will O the Wisp dive site page

William Salthouse

Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive
Boat access
Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 16.334′ S   (38.272233° S / 38° 16′ 20.04″ S)
Longitude: 144° 42.387′ E   (144.70645° E / 144° 42′ 23.22″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-08 14:46:37 GMT
Source: Packo GPS 2013
Nearest Neighbour: Popes Eye Anchor Farm, 798 m, bearing 239°, WSW
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.
Three-Masted Wooden Barque, 251 ton.
Sunk: 27 November 1841.
Popes Eye, Port Phillip.
Depth: 8 to 12 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the William Salthouse dive site page

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


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, e.g. 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 | 427.19 KB | 24-May-2022) in the Keyhole Markup Language (KML) file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser such as Google Earth or 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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