Victorian Ships' Graveyard Wrecks

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Details of vessels scuttled in the Victorian Ships' Graveyard are listed in the table below. This list is not definite and is constantly being revised as new historical material is uncovered. A geospatial presentation of the Victorian Ships' Graveyard is available here.

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Click on Vessel Name to view photo. Total Vessels in list: 46
Vessel
Name
Vessel
Type
Depth
(m)
Size
(Tons)
Vessel
Dimensions (ft)
Date
Built
Date
Scuttled
GPS
Position
Auriga Iron Barque 57 487 164.5' x 28.1' x 17.3' 1869 5 Feb 1930 Beyond 40m
Albert Ketch 70 42 - - 1890 Beyond 40m
Batman
Sister to Fawkner
Steam Hopper Barge 46 388 153.6' x 26.1' x 12.2' 1883 21 May 1935 Beyond 40m
Bayonet Attack Class Patrol Boat 82 150 - 1968 21 Sep 1999 Beyond 40m
Beverwijk 19 Dredge 46 319 - - 7 May 1963 Beyond 40m
Brunette Iron Barque - 375 141.0' x 25.4' x 15.8' 1859 July 1913 Beyond 40m
Buninyong Steam Ship 53 2076 279.9' x 38.1' x 20.2' 1883 11 Feb 1926 Beyond 40m
Bunyip Dredge 58 379 160.5' x 28.2' x 9.8' 1879 13 Apr 1955 Beyond 40m
Burke
Sister to Wills
Steam Hopper Barge 50 345 128.0' x 30.0' x 9.5' 1884 23 Sep 1935 Beyond 40m
Campana Iron Barque 56 711 187.0' x 31.1' x 19.3' 1875 30 Jul 1929 Beyond 40m
Casablanca Iron Barque - 547 172.1' x 28.0' x 17.5' 1868 16 Feb 1950 Beyond 40m
Coogee Steam Ship 34 762 225.0' x 30.2' x 13.5' 1887 27 Feb 1928 S 038° 18.429'
E 144° 34.300'
Courier Steam Ship 42 728 220.8' x 30.0' x 12.6' 1887 29 Mar 1928 S 038° 19.488'
E 144° 34.914'
D. McLennan Dredge 56 424 165.5' x 29.2' x 8.0' 1912 08 Jun 1949 Beyond 40m
Don Diego Iron Barque - 320 145.6' x 24.2' x 13.9' 1855 26 May 1916 Beyond 40m
Dunloe Iron Barque 46 674 180.9' x 30.4' x 18.4' 1870 2 Jul 1947 Beyond 40m
Edward Northcote
ex Hopper #405
Steam Ship 50 495 159.8' x 28.1' x 12.6' 1912 06 Nov 1952 Beyond 40m
Euro Steel Tug 50 257 130.0' x 22.5' x 12.2' 1897 10 Jun 1948 Beyond 40m
Fawkner
Sister to Batman
Steam Hopper Barge 46 388 153.6' x 26.1' x 12.2' 1883 20 May 1935 Beyond 40m
H.C. Piggott Steam Hopper Barge 48 495 160.0' x 28.1' x 12.6' 1912 14 Oct 1935 Beyond 40m
Hume Steel Tug - - - - - Unknown
Hygiea Paddle Steamer 62 986 300.0' x 32.0' x 11.3' 1890 9 Jun 1932 Beyond 40m
John Nimmo Dredge 68 1209 228.2' x 46.5' x 15.5' 1887 10 Aug 1931 Beyond 40m
J1 "Deep Sub" J-Class Submarine 38 1260 274' x 23' 1916 26 May 1926 S 038° 18.952'
E 144° 33.233'
J2 "Broken Sub" J-Class Submarine 39 1260 274' x 23' 1916 01 Jun 1926 S 038° 18.815'
E 144° 34.804'
J4 "90ft Sub" J-Class Submarine 26 1260 274' x 23' 1916 28 May 1927 S 038° 17.982'
E 144° 33.813'
J5 "Intact Sub" J-Class Submarine 36 1260 274' x 23' 1916 01 Jun 1926 S 038° 18.658'
E 144° 34.118'
Kings Ware Steam Ship - 356 155.0' x 25.1' x 10.8' 1883 08 Apr 1915 Unknown
Leeuwin
ex Julia Percy
Steam Ship 62 580 219.0' x 24.2' x 13.0' 1876 28 Dec 1934 Beyond 40m
Malaita Steam Ship - 940 200.0' x 30.2' x 12.3' 1893 20 Nov 1928 Unknown
Milora
ex Emita
Steam Ship 40 3347 331.0' x 47.9' x 23.6' 1920 8 Mar 1935 S 038° 21.103'
E 144° 23.379'
Mosquito Iron Brig - 175 113.9' x ? x ? 1859 30 Sep 1915 Unknown
Norwestor Iron Barque 2 567 160.0' x 29.2' x 17.0' 1864 21 Nov 1928 Unknown
Pacific Wanderer Motor Yacht - 40 - - 1981 Unknown
Pioneer Dredge 50 543 170.0' x 37.2' x 10.3' 1905 09 Mar 1950 Beyond 40m
Rip Steam Ship - - - - - Unknown
Rotomahana Steel Ship 39 1727 298.2' x 35.2' x 23.7' 1879 29 May 1928 S 038° 19.197'
E 144° 32.175'
Sir William McPherson Dredge 55 482 158.5' x 32.3' x 10.3' 1912 12 May 1949 Beyond 40m
Veralum Wooden (Teak) Barque - 493 141.2' x 28.9' x 19.2' 1858 16 Dec 1930 Unknown
VHB 53
Sister to VHB 54
Dumb Hopper Barge 55 - - - 19 Feb 1971 Beyond 40m
VHB 54
Sister to VHB 53
Dumb Hopper Barge 45 - - - 17 Dec 1970 Beyond 40m
Victorian Steam Ship - 769 225.8' x 26.4' x 13.5' 1876 08 May 1925 Unknown
Wareatea Steel Ship 58 475 170.2' x 26.1' x 11.4' 1883 16 Mar 1945 Beyond 40m
Werfa Steel Ship 65 862 216.0' x 30.2' x 15.5' 1883 21 Mar 1929 Beyond 40m
White Pine
ex Hazel Craig
Iron Barque 50 447 167.9' x 29.1' x 13.6' 1879 14 Jan 1947 Beyond 40m
Wills
Sister to Burke
Steam Hopper Barge 55 345 128.0' x 30.0' x 9.5' 1884 22 Aug 1935 Beyond 40m