List of shipwrecks of Australia

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This a list of shipwrecks located in Australia.

New South Wales[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
Abbey 15 February 1868 A brigantine that was wrecked in a storm at Crowdy Head. 31°50′S 152°46′E / 31.84°S 152.76°E / -31.84; 152.76 (Abbey (1853))
Ability 5 January 1897 A ketch that ran aground at Cape Hawke.
Absalom 29 March 1863 A ketch that was wrecked at Trial Bay. 30°50′S 153°01′E / 30.83°S 153.01°E / -30.83; 153.01 (Absalom (1853))
Acielle 11 September 1929 A ketch that was driven ashore off Smoky Cape. 31°06′15″S 153°01′30″E / 31.104078°S 153.024988°E / -31.104078; 153.024988 (Acielle)
Active 18 February 1852 A ketch that was wrecked at the mouth of the Hunter River. 32°55′S 151°47′E / 32.92°S 151.79°E / -32.92; 151.79 (Active (1850))
Ada 29 April 1897 A ketch that was wrecked off Newcastle. 32°55′S 151°47′E / 32.92°S 151.79°E / -32.92; 151.79 (Ada (ship))
Ada and Ethel 26 October 1887 Wooden schooner that sprung a leak and foundered off Seal Rocks. 32°36′S 152°42′E / 32.6°S 152.7°E / -32.6; 152.7 (Ada and Ethel (1886))
Adelaide May 1834 A wooden cutter wrecked near Norah Head. 33°14′S 151°36′E / 33.23°S 151.60°E / -33.23; 151.60 (Adelaide (1832))
HMAS Adelaide 13 April 2011 An Adelaide-class frigate that was scuttled as a dive wreck off Avoca Beach. 33°28′0″S 151°27′0″E / 33.46667°S 151.45000°E / -33.46667; 151.45000 (HMAS Adelaide (FFG 01))
Adele 7 May 1943 A steamship that struck the breakwater at Port Kembla. 34°28′04″S 150°55′01″E / 34.4678°S 150.9170°E / -34.4678; 150.9170 (Adele (Australian ship))
Adelphoi 21 December 1879 A barque that was wrecked off Port Hacking. 34°04′23″S 151°07′12″E / 34.073°S 151.12°E / -34.073; 151.12 (Adelphoi (1865))
Adolphe 30 September 1904 Sailing ship wrecked at the mouth of Hunter River. 32°54′49.46″S 151°47′50.21″E / 32.9137389°S 151.7972806°E / -32.9137389; 151.7972806 (Adolphe (ship))
Adonis 22 December 1889 A brigantine that sank off Crowdy Head. 32°06′S 152°48′E / 32.1°S 152.8°E / -32.1; 152.8 (Adonis (1874))
Advance (1874) 12 June 1902 A schooner that was wrecked at Botany Bay. 34°00′00″S 151°14′06″E / 34.00°S 151.235°E / -34.00; 151.235 (Advance (1874))
Advance (1884) 25 December 1908 An iron screw steamer that collided with the Inverna off Catherine Hill Bay. 33°10′50″S 151°42′12″E / 33.1806°S 151.70328°E / -33.1806; 151.70328 (Advance (1884))
Adventure 1855 A schooner that was wrecked at Richmond River. 28°53′S 153°35′E / 28.88°S 153.58°E / -28.88; 153.58 (Adventure (1850))
Aenid 12 November 1865 A cutter that was wrecked at Long Reef.
Agnes (1849) 10 March 1877 A brigantine that was wrecked off Wollongong.
Agnes (1853) 13 July 1860 A cutter that was blown ashore near Newcastle. 32°48′S 152°00′E / 32.8°S 152°E / -32.8; 152 (Agnes (1853))
Agnes (1875) 12 March 1890 A schooner that was wrecked near Ocean Shores. 28°27′S 153°34′E / 28.45°S 153.56°E / -28.45; 153.56 (Agnes (1875))
Agnes (1877) 1883 A ketch that was wrecked off Jervis Bay. 35°07′S 150°49′E / 35.12°S 150.82°E / -35.12; 150.82 (Agnes (1877))
Agnes (1904) 27 January 1906 A launch that was wrecked in a collision in Sydney Harbour. 33°51′S 151°14′E / 33.85°S 151.24°E / -33.85; 151.24 (Agnes (1904))
Agnes Irving 28 December 1879 A paddle steamer that was wrecked off Trial Bay. 30°48′23″S 153°00′18″E / 30.806350°S 153.005007°E / -30.806350; 153.005007 (Agnes Irving (1862))
Alhambra 30 June 1888 Iron screw steamer wrecked off Newcastle while attempting to move the derelict wreck of the John T. Berry. 32°53′S 151°54′E / 32.883°S 151.900°E / -32.883; 151.900 (Alhambra (1855))
HMAS Anzac 7 May 1936 A Parker-class destroyer leader that was sunk as a target off Sydney Heads.
Argument March 1809 A sloop that was wrecked near Broken Bay.
HMAS Arunta 12 February 1969 Tribal-class destroyer sold for scrap, but sank under tow off Sydney Heads. 33°50′S 151°19′E / 33.833°S 151.317°E / -33.833; 151.317 (HMAS Arunta (I30))
HMAS Australia 12 April 1924 An Indefatigable-class battlecruiser that was scuttled off Sydney Heads. 33°51′54.21″S 155°44′25.11″E / 33.8650583°S 155.7403083°E / -33.8650583; 155.7403083 (HMAS Australia (1911))
SS Bantam 24 September 1946 A Dutch ship that was scuttled off Sydney.
SS Barcoo 1 February 1924 A passenger ship that was scuttled off Sydney Heads.
Bluebell 9 August 1934 A ferry that collided with the Waraneen at Newcastle.
SS Bonnie Dundee 10 March 1879 A steamship that collided with SS Barrabool off Caves Beach. 33°06.327′S 151°42.258′E / 33.105450°S 151.704300°E / -33.105450; 151.704300 (SS Bonnie Dundee (1877))
PS Brighton 1916 A ferry that was hulked at Port Stephens. 32°40′06″S 152°07′33″E / 32.6684°S 152.1259°E / -32.6684; 152.1259 (PS Brighton)
Britannia 25 August 1806 A whaler that ran up against the Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs.
SS Catterthun 8 August 1895 Hit rocks and sunk during a storm off Seal Rocks with over 50 lives lost.
SS Cawarra 12 July 1886 Sank in rough seas, with 60 lives lost and 1 survivor.
Charlotte 1808 A sloop that was wrecked near Port Jackson.
HMAS Colac 4 March 1987 A Bathurst-class corvette that was sunk as a target near Sydney. 34°49.2′S 151°32′E / 34.8200°S 151.533°E / -34.8200; 151.533 (HMAS Colac)
Comboyne 27 November 1920 A steamship that was wrecked off Bass Point. 34°35′50″S 150°55′18″E / 34.5973°S 150.9217°E / -34.5973; 150.9217 (Comboyne (1911))
Contest 28 February 1804 A sloop that sank in a storm off Port Stephens.
USS Craven 25 May 1946 A Caldwell-class destroyer that was scuttled off Sydney.
HMAS Doomba 9 December 1976 A warship that was scuttled off Dee Why. 33°42′58″S 151°20′50″E / 33.716083°S 151.347217°E / -33.716083; 151.347217 (HMAS Doomba)
SS Duckenfield 1889 Struck Long Reef on its way to Sydney, but no lives lost.
Dunbar 20 August 1857 Sank after striking rocks, with 121 lives lost.
Dundee August 1808 A ship that foundered in a gale at the mouth of the Hunter River.
Edward Lombe 25 August 1834 A merchantman that was wrecked on the Sydney Heads in a gale. 33°49.745′S 151°16.191′E / 33.829083°S 151.269850°E / -33.829083; 151.269850 (Edward Lombe (1828))
Edwin June 1816 A schooner that was wrecked near Cape Hawke.
Eleanor Lancaster 7 November 1856 A barque that was wrecked in a gale off Newcastle.
Elizabeth Henrietta 17 December 1825 A brig that was wrecked off Newcastle.
HMAS Encounter 14 September 1932 A Challenger-class protected cruiser that was scuttled off Sydney.
Enterprize 1874 A schooner that was wrecked in Richmond River.
Estramina 19 January 1816 A schooner that ran aground off Newcastle.
MV Fairwind 23 June 1950 A lighter that was wrecked off South West Rocks.
SS Fingal 5 May 1943 A steamship that was torpedoed by I-180 off Nambucca Heads.
Fitzroy 26 June 1921 A steamship that was wrecked off Cape Hawke.
Francis 21 March 1805 A schooner that was wrecked off Newcastle.
George 1806 A sloop that ran aground in Twofold Bay.
HMAS Geranium 24 April 1935 An Arabis-class sloop that was scuttled off Sydney Heads.
HMAS Goolgwai 29 May 1955 A minesweeper that was wrecked near Malabar.
Governor Hunter July 1816 A schooner that was wrecked in a gale off Port Stephens.
Governor King 22 April 1806 A schooner that was wrecked off Newcastle.
Grecian 6 May 1864 A sailing ship that was wrecked on Nine Mile Beach in a gale.
Greycliffe 3 November 1927 Sydney ferry that collided with the mail steamer Tahiti and sank with the loss of 40 lives.
Hawkesbury Packet 14 August 1817 A sloop that ran aground at Minnamurra. 34°37′28″S 150°51′45″E / 34.6244°S 150.8624°E / -34.6244; 150.8624 (Hawkesbury Packet)
Hazard March 1809 A sloop that ran aground on Box Head. 33°32′32″S 151°20′55″E / 33.54227°S 151.3485°E / -33.54227; 151.3485 (Hazard (ship))
PS Herald 1 April 1884 A paddle steamer that sank off North Head. 33°49.492′S 151°17.462′E / 33.824867°S 151.291033°E / -33.824867; 151.291033 (PS Herald)
Hereward 5 May 1898 A clipper that ran aground on Maroubra Beach in a storm.
Hope 1817 A ship that was blown ashore at Port Stephens.
HMAS Huon 10 April 1931 A River-class torpedo-boat destroyer that was scuttled off Sydney after use as a target.
SS Iron Knight 8 February 1943 An iron ore carrier sunk by Japanese submarine I-21. 36°51′S 149°44′E / 36.850°S 149.733°E / -36.850; 149.733 (SS Iron Knight (1937))
Itata A barque that was damaged by fire and scuttled in Middle Harbour. 33°48.913′S 151°13.481′E / 33.815217°S 151.224683°E / -33.815217; 151.224683 (Itata (1883))
HMAS Karangi 1970 A Bar-class boom defence vessel that was abandoned at Homebush Bay. 33°50′11″S 151°04′50″E / 33.8363379°S 151.0804902°E / -33.8363379; 151.0804902 (HMAS Karangi)
HMAS Kara Kara 31 January 1973 A boom defence vessel that was sunk as a target off Jervis Bay.
HMAS Kianga 7 July 1946 A minesweeper that was scuttled off Sydney Heads. 33°59′54″S 151°36′05″E / 33.998217°S 151.601283°E / -33.998217; 151.601283 (HMAS Kianga)
HMAS Kookaburra March 1970 A Net-class boom defence vessel that was scuttled off Sydney. 33°51.300′S 151°21.196′E / 33.855000°S 151.353267°E / -33.855000; 151.353267 (HMAS Kookaburra)
Koonya 25 January 1898 A steamboat that ran aground off Cronulla Beach. 34°02′34″S 151°12′24″E / 34.042876°S 151.206777°E / -34.042876; 151.206777 (Koonya (1887))
Koraaga 10 September 1931 A steamship that was wrecked off Gerringong. 34°47′00″S 150°54′36″E / 34.783268°S 150.909879°E / -34.783268; 150.909879 (Koraaga (1914))
HMAS Kuttabul 31 May 1942 A depot ship that was torpedoed during the Attack on Sydney Harbour.
SS Lindus 4 June 1899 A steamship that was wrecked in a storm off Newcastle. 32°54′50″S 151°47′49″E / 32.914°S 151.797°E / -32.914; 151.797 (SS Lindus (1881))
M84 June 1942 A Japanese midget submarine that sank sometime after being shelled during the attack on Sydney Harbour, with 2 lives lost.
TSS Maianbar 5 May 1940 A steamship that ran aground on Nobby's Beach off Newcastle. 32°55′29″S 151°47′33.4″E / 32.92472°S 151.792611°E / -32.92472; 151.792611 (TSS Maianbar)
HMS Mallow 24 April 1935 An Acacia-class sloop that was sunk as a target.
HMAS Marguerite 1 August 1935 An Arabis-class sloop that was sunk as a target.
Martha August 1800 A schooner that was wrecked off Manly.
HMAS Medea 20 January 1948 A minesweeper that was scuttled off Sydney. 33°59′54″S 151°36′04″E / 33.998267°S 151.601139°E / -33.998267; 151.601139 (HMAS Medea)
HMAS Mercedes 23 January 1948 A minesweeper that was scuttled off Sydney. 33°59′54″S 151°36′03″E / 33.998367°S 151.600950°E / -33.998367; 151.600950 (HMAS Mercedes)
Merksworth 7 May 1898 A steamboat that was wrecked near Stockton Beach. 32°50′13″S 151°56′13″E / 32.836883°S 151.93692°E / -32.836883; 151.93692 (Merksworth (1874))
Nancy 18 April 1805 A sloop that was wrecked off Jervis Bay.
Narara 23 August 1903 A steamboat that was wrecked near Barrenjoey.
MV Nimbin 5 December 1940 A steamship that hit a mine off Norah Head. 33°15.392′S 151°46.976′E / 33.256533°S 151.782933°E / -33.256533; 151.782933 (MV Nimbin (ship))
Norfolk 1800 A sloop that was run aground by convicts at Stockton Beach.
HMAS Olive Cam 2 November 1954 An auxiliary minesweeper wrecked near Green Cape Lighthouse. 37°09′04″S 150°00′26″E / 37.151107°S 150.007120°E / -37.151107; 150.007120 (HMAS Olive Cam)
USS Osborne 6 September 1947 A Clemson-class destroyer that was scuttled off Sydney following a fire.
HMAS Paterson 11 June 1951 A wooden auxiliary minesweeper that sank off The Entrance. 33°16′40″S 151°34′19″E / 33.277836°S 151.571896°E / -33.277836; 151.571896 (HMAS Paterson)
HMAS Pioneer 18 February 1931 A Pelorus-class protected cruiser that was scuttled off Sydney Heads.
Queen of Nations 31 May 1881 A clipper that ran aground off East Corrimal.
Recovery June 1816 A sloop that was wrecked near Port Stephens.
Shockwave 10 October 2009 A yacht that ran aground off Flinders Islet.
HMAS Stalwart 22 July 1939 An S-class destroyer that was scuttled off Sydney. 33°59.906′S 151°36.067′E / 33.998433°S 151.601117°E / -33.998433; 151.601117 (HMAS Stalwart (H14))
HMAS Swan 2 February 1934 A River-class torpedo boat destroyer that sank under tow in the Hawkesbury River.
MV Sygna 26 May 1974 Ran aground near Newcastle. 32°51′32.94″S 151°50′40.96″E / 32.8591500°S 151.8447111°E / -32.8591500; 151.8447111 (MV Sygna)
MV Tassie III 9 June 1945 A motor vessel that was wrecked at Byron Bay. 28°38′20″S 153°36′50″E / 28.638795°S 153.613906°E / -28.638795; 153.613906 (MV Tassie III)
Three Bees 20 May 1814 A convict ship that caught fire off Bennelong Point.
Titan 29 December 1992 A floating crane that broke tow and was scuttled near Kendall. 31°39′51″S 152°52′24″E / 31.664267°S 152.873330°E / -31.664267; 152.873330 (Australian floating crane Titan)
HMAS Torrens 24 November 1930 A River-class torpedo-boat destroyer that was sunk as a target off Sydney Heads.
Trial 1816 A brig that ran aground at Trial Bay.
Tuncurry 22 October 1916 A steamboat that was wrecked off Broken Bay. 33°37.125′S 151°26.422′E / 33.618750°S 151.440367°E / -33.618750; 151.440367 (Tuncurry (1903))
Tuggerah 1919 Sank during a storm off Marley Beach south of Sydney, with 6 lives lost.
HMAS Vendetta 2 July 1948 A V-class destroyer that was scuttled off Sydney Heads.
HMAS Vigilant April 1966 A patrol boat that was scuttled off Sydney.
HMAS Voyager 10 February 1964 Sank after collision with HMAS Melbourne, with 82 killed.
TSS Wandra 15 December 1915 A steamboat that was wrecked off Jervis Bay. 35°02′43″S 150°50′21″E / 35.045217°S 150.839183°E / -35.045217; 150.839183 (TSS Wandra (1907))
HMAS Waree 17 October 1946 A tugboat that ran aground at the mouth of the Clarence River. 29°25.385′S 153°21.854′E / 29.423083°S 153.364233°E / -29.423083; 153.364233 (HMAS Waree)
Wendouree 20 July 1898 A steamship that was wrecked at the mouth of the Hunter River. 32°54′50″S 151°47′49″E / 32.914°S 151.797°E / -32.914; 151.797 (Wendouree (1882))
William Cossar 14 February 1825 A schooner that was wrecked on the Sow and Pigs Reef.
Windsor 1816 A sloop that was wrecked on Long Reef.
SS Wollongbar (1911) 14 May 1921 A steamship that was blown ashore at Byron Bay. 28°38′14″S 153°36′37″E / 28.637086°S 153.610378°E / -28.637086; 153.610378 (SS Wollongbar (1911))
SS Wollongbar (1922) 29 April 1943 A steamship that was torpedoed by I-180 off Crescent Head.
HMAS Woomera 11 October 1960 An armament store carrier that caught fire off Sydney.
USS WST-1 27 July 1945 A salvage tug that ran aground off Bar Beach.
HMAS Yarra 30 September 1929 A River-class torpedo-boat destroyer that was sunk as a target.

Norfolk Island[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
HMS Sirius 19 March 1790 A warship, and flagship of the First Fleet, that ran aground on a reef near Kingston. The crew were stranded on Norfolk Island for nearly a year.

Northern Territory[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
HMAS Arrow 25 December 1974 An Attack-class patrol boat that was driven ashore by Cyclone Tracy.
Booya 24 December 1974 A schooner that was sunk by Cyclone Tracy. 12°23.381′S 130°46.281′E / 12.389683°S 130.771350°E / -12.389683; 130.771350 (Booya (ship))
MV British Motorist 19 February 1942 A tanker that was sunk in the bombing of Darwin. 12°28.96′S 130°50.33′E / 12.48267°S 130.83883°E / -12.48267; 130.83883 (MV British Motorist (1924))
Darwin Princess A passenger ferry that was sunk by Cyclone Tracy.
Don Isidro 19 February 1942 A transport ship that was bombed by Japanese planes returning from the attack on Darwin. The captain attempted to beach the ship on Bathurst Island, but the engines failed three miles offshore. 11°42.3′S 130°02′E / 11.7050°S 130.033°E / -11.7050; 130.033 (Don Isidro (1939))
SS Ellengowan 27 April 1888 A schooner that sank at its mooring and was abandoned. 12°32′28″S 130°52′08″E / 12.54111°S 130.86889°E / -12.54111; 130.86889 (SS Ellengowan)
HMAS Hankow 18 September 1932 A coal hulk that was sunk as a target off Darwin.
Japanese submarine I-124 21 January 1942 An I-121-class submarine that was sunk during WWII. 12°07′12.33″S 130°06′23.62″E / 12.1200917°S 130.1065611°E / -12.1200917; 130.1065611 (Japanese submarine I-124)
Kelat 19 February 1942 A sailing ship that was sunk in the bombing of Darwin. 12°02′00″S 130°05′00″E / 12.03333°S 130.08333°E / -12.03333; 130.08333 (Kelat (1881))
HMAS Maroubra 10 May 1943 A cutter that was sunk by Japanese aircraft off Milingimbi Island.
SS Mauna Loa 19 February 1942 A cargo ship that was lost in the Japanese bombing of Darwin. 12°29.86′S 130°49.16′E / 12.49767°S 130.81933°E / -12.49767; 130.81933 (SS Mauna Loa)
HMAS Mavie 19 February 1942 An auxiliary ship that was lost in the Japanese bombing of Darwin.
USAT Meigs 19 February 1942 A transport ship that was lost in the Japanese bombing of Darwin. 12°29.26′S 130°49.10′E / 12.48767°S 130.81833°E / -12.48767; 130.81833 (USAT Meigs)
MV Neptuna 19 February 1942 A cargo ship that was lost in the Japanese bombing of Darwin. 12°28′18″S 130°50′57″E / 12.47167°S 130.84917°E / -12.47167; 130.84917 (MV Neptuna)
HMAS Patricia Cam 22 January 1943 A minesweeper that was sunk by Japanese aircraft near the Wessel Islands.
USS Peary 19 February 1942 A Clemson-class destroyer that was lost in the Japanese bombing of Darwin. 12°28′30″S 130°49′45″E / 12.47500°S 130.82917°E / -12.47500; 130.82917 (USS Peary (DD-226))
SS Zealandia 19 February 1942 A cargo ship that was lost in the Japanese bombing of Darwin. 12°29.00′S 130°51.05′E / 12.48333°S 130.85083°E / -12.48333; 130.85083 (SS Zealandia (1910))

Queensland[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
Aarhus 24 February 1894 A German barque that ran aground near Cape Moreton, and is now a historical site. 27°00′14.31″S 153°26′27.92″E / 27.0039750°S 153.4410889°E / -27.0039750; 153.4410889 (Aarhus Historic Shipwreck)
SS Bee 17 March 1901 A ferry that ran aground at Picnic Bay.
HMAS Carroo 19 September 1976 A lighter that was scuttled at Hervey Bay.
Cato 17 August 1803 A full rigged ship that ran aground on the Wreck Reefs, along with HMS Porpoise.
AHS Centaur 14 May 1943 A hospital ship that was torpedoed by I-177, killing 268 medical staff and crew. 27°16.98′S 153°59.22′E / 27.28300°S 153.98700°E / -27.28300; 153.98700 (AHS Centaur)
Cherry Venture 6 July 1973 A cargo ship that ran aground on Teewah Beach. 25°57′42.00″S 153°10′26.14″E / 25.9616667°S 153.1739278°E / -25.9616667; 153.1739278 (Cherry Venture)
SS City of Adelaide 1916 A steamship that ran aground off Cockle Bay, Magnetic Island, and used as target practice for the Royal Australian Air Force during WWII. The wreck was sunk by Cyclone Althea in 1971. 19°10′29″N 146°49′32″E / 19.174842°N 146.825471°E / 19.174842; 146.825471 (SS City of Adelaide (1863))
Duke of York September 1837 A barque that was wrecked off Moreton Bay. 27°02′11.84″S 153°21′13.64″E / 27.0366222°S 153.3537889°E / -27.0366222; 153.3537889 (Duke of York (ship))
Frederick May 1818 Wrecked at Cape Flinders, Stanley Island.
HMQS Gayunda 2 June 1958 A flat-iron gunboat that was beached as a breakwater off Woody Point. 27°15′43″S 153°06′26″E / 27.262°S 153.10713°E / -27.262; 153.10713 (HMQS Gayundah)
George Rennie 1902 A paddle steamer that was scuttled in Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island.
SS Gothenburg 24 February 1875 A steamship that struck the Great Barrier Reef. 19°22′06″S 148°03′21″E / 19.36833°S 148.05583°E / -19.36833; 148.05583 (SS Gothenburg)
HMS Harrier July 1891 A schooner that was wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef near Cooktown.
Lady Bowen 1894 A schooner that ran aground on a reef.[1]
Maheno 9 July 1935 An ocean liner that was beached on Fraser Island while under tow for scrapping in Japan. 25°16′2″S 153°14′18″E / 25.26722°S 153.23833°E / -25.26722; 153.23833 (Maheno (ship))
Moltke 1911 A barque that was scuttled in Geoffrey Bay, Magnetic Island. 19°09′13″S 146°52′10″E / 19.153745°S 146.869344°E / -19.153745; 146.869344 (Moltke (1870))
HMS Pandora 28 August 1791 A Porcupine-class post ship that struck and was wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef. 11°23′S 143°59′E / 11.383°S 143.983°E / -11.383; 143.983 (HMS Pandora (1779))
HMS Porpoise 17 August 1803 A sloop that ran aground on the Wreck Reefs, along with Cato.
RMS Quetta 28 February 1890 A merchant ship that struck a rock off Albany Island. 10°36′34.61″S 142°37′27.01″E / 10.6096139°S 142.6241694°E / -10.6096139; 142.6241694 (RMS Quetta)
HMAS Warrnambool 13 September 1947 A Bathurst-class corvette that hit a mine in the Great Barrier Reef. 14°45′32″S 145°49′41″E / 14.75889°S 145.82806°E / -14.75889; 145.82806 (HMAS Warrnambool (J202))
HMAS Wyatt Earp 24 January 1959 A motor vessel that was wrecked in a storm off Double Island Point.
SS Yongala 23 March 1911 A passenger ship that sank in a cyclone off Townsville. 19°18′27″S 147°37′31″E / 19.30750°S 147.62528°E / -19.30750; 147.62528 (SS Yongala)
USS YP-279 5 September 1943 A patrol vessel that foundered off Townsville. 19°12′07″S 146°53′10″E / 19.20194°S 146.88611°E / -19.20194; 146.88611 (USS YP-279)

South Australia[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
Aagot 11 October 1907 A sailing ship that was wrecked on Wardang Island.
SS Admella 5 August 1859 A passenger ship that ran onto a reef off the Carpenter Rocks, with 89 lives lost including 14 children. 37°52′47″S 140°21′3″E / 37.87972°S 140.35083°E / -37.87972; 140.35083 (SS Admella)
Albatross 13 March 1913 A ketch that struck Eclipse Reef, off Wardang Island, during a gale.[2]
Edith Haviland 1877 A brig that was wrecked on the Carpenter Rocks.
Ellen 12 December 1908 A freighter/trawler that was wrecked in Gulf St Vincent at Morgan’s Beach. 35°35′46.5″S 138°06′07.6″E / 35.596250°S 138.102111°E / -35.596250; 138.102111 (Ellen)
Fanny 22 June 1838 A schooner that was blown ashore near Cape Jaffa, Kingston District Council.
SS Ferret 14 November 1920 A steamship that was fraudulently taken from its home in Scotland, and arrived in Victoria six months later. The conspirators were caught and charged, but the ship remained in Australia, eventually running aground off Cape Spencer in a storm.
Frances 29 August 1840 A cutter that was wrecked in the Neptune Islands. 35°33′00″S 136°12′00″E / 35.55000°S 136.20000°E / -35.55000; 136.20000 (Frances).
Gloridia V 12 March 1977 A cray-fishing boat that was wrecked in the North Neptune Islands.
Geltwood 14 June 1876 A barque that struck a reef near the northern end of Lake Bonney. 37°37′36″S 140°10′51″E / 37.62667°S 140.18083°E / -37.62667; 140.18083 (Geltwood)
Grecian 13 October 1850 A barque that sank in a gale off Port Adelaide.
Investigator 24 April 1917 A steamship that sank in rough weather southwest of Wardang Island.[2]
Koenig Wilhelm 11 30 June 1857 A barque 800 tons that was wrecked off Robe, off with the loss of 16 crew after unloading 397 Chinese passengers for the Victorian goldfields.
Loch Sloy 24 April 1899 A barque that was wrecked in the Brothers Rocks, off Kangaroo Island.
Loch Vennachar September 1905 A clipper that sank off Kangaroo Island with the loss of 27 lives. 35°53′05″S 136°32′00″E / 35.88472°S 136.53333°E / -35.88472; 136.53333 (Loch Vennachar)
Macintyre 1 April 1927 A schooner that was wrecked on a reef off Wardang Island.
Maria 1840 A brigantine that was wrecked off Cape Jaffa, Kingston District Council.
Notre Dame d'Avor 20 March 1920 A barque that ran aground on Wardang Island. The wreck was gutted by an accidental fire the following May.[2]
Postboy 1905 A schooner that was wrecked at Arno Bay. 33°55′12″S 136°34′12″E / 33.92000°S 136.57000°E / -33.92000; 136.57000 (Postboy)
Saint Michele 30 March 1965 A fishing boat that was wrecked on South Neptune Islands.
Santiago 19 August 1945 A 3 masted barque abandoned in the Garden Island Ships' Graveyard near Port Adelaide. 34°48′36″S 138°32′24″E / 34.81000°S 138.54000°E / -34.81000; 138.54000 (M=Santiago)
Songvaar 14 April 1912 A Norwegien cargo ship that sank near Wardang Island when its hull was pierced by one of its own anchors. The wreck was eventually blown up as a shipping hazard.[2]
Star of Greece 13 July 1888 A cargo ship that was wrecked in a storm off Port Willunga.
South Australian 8 December 1837 A brig-sloop and former RN vessel (the HMS Swallow) that was wrecked at Encounter Bay. 35°34′48″S 138°36′00″E / 35.58000°S 138.60000°E / -35.58000; 138.60000 (South Australian).
Varoon January 1856 A cargo ship that was wrecked twenty miles west of Cape Northumberland.
Water Witch 5 December 1842 A cutter which sunk whilst moored in the River Murray at Moorundie, South Australia. 34°24′0″S 139°37′12″E / 34.40000°S 139.62000°E / -34.40000; 139.62000Coordinates: 34°24′0″S 139°37′12″E / 34.40000°S 139.62000°E / -34.40000; 139.62000.
Venus 14 June 1946 A cutter that was wrecked in the North Neptune Islands.
Yandra 25 January 1959 A coastal freighter and former minesweeper that ran aground on South Neptune Island. 35°33′00″S 136°12′00″E / 35.55000°S 136.20000°E / -35.55000; 136.20000 (Yandra)

Tasmania[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
Actaeon 28 October 1822 A ship that was wrecked in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel.
The Brothers 25 June 1816 A schooner that was driven ashore near the Kent Group.
Cataraqui 4 August 1845 400 lost when wrecked on King Island. 40°1′37.7″S 143°52′49.6″E / 40.027139°S 143.880444°E / -40.027139; 143.880444 (Cataraqui (ship))
Campbell Macquarie 10 June 1812 A ship that was wrecked off Macquarie Island. 54°37′S 158°52′E / 54.62°S 158.86°E / -54.62; 158.86 (Campbell Macquarie)
Daphne 26 October 1818 A brig that was wrecked off East Island.
Enchantress 16 July 1835 A barque that struck the rocks about half a mile off the western shore of Bruny Island.[3]
George III 12 March 1835 A convict ship that sank in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. 43°31′S 146°59′E / 43.51°S 146.98°E / -43.51; 146.98 (George III (ship))
Hebe 15 June 1808 A ship that struck a reef off George Town. 41°03′42.92″S 146°45′18.90″E / 41.0619222°S 146.7552500°E / -41.0619222; 146.7552500 (Hebe (ship))
MV Iron Baron 10 July 1995 A bulk carrier that ran aground on a reef off George Town, causing an oil spill. It was refloated and scuttled off Flinders Island. 39°13′S 149°08′E / 39.22°S 149.13°E / -39.22; 149.13 (MV Iron Baron (1985))
TSS Kanowna 18 February 1929 One of Tasmania's largest shipwrecks, found in 2005 in Bass Strait.
MV Lake Illawarra 5 January 1975 Bulk carrier wrecked in the River Derwent, with 12 lives lost. 42°51′52″S 147°20′45″E / 42.86444°S 147.34583°E / -42.86444; 147.34583 (MV Lake Illawarra)
Nella Dan 24 December 1987 An icebreaker that ran aground off Macquarie Island, and was subsequently scuttled.
Netherby 23 July 1866 A full-rigged ship that ran aground off King Island.
Neva 13 May 1835 A convict ship that sank off King Island, with about 225 lives lost.
Phatisalam 9 July 1821 A ship that ran aground on Hunter Island.
Sydney Cove 9 February 1797 Sank at Preservation Island with no loss of life. 40°29′S 148°04′E / 40.49°S 148.07°E / -40.49; 148.07 (Sydney Cove (ship))

Victoria[edit]

See also: Shipwreck Coast
Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
SS Alert 28 December 1893 A steamship that sank off Cape Schanck. 38°31′34.23″S 144°52′29.35″E / 38.5261750°S 144.8748194°E / -38.5261750; 144.8748194 (SS Alert)
SS Cambridge 7 November 1940 A steamship that hit a mine off Wilsons Promontory. 39°9′32″S 146°29′25″E / 39.15889°S 146.49028°E / -39.15889; 146.49028 (SS Cambridge (1916))
HMVS Cerberus 2 September 1926 A breastwork monitor that was scuttled as a breakwater in Half Moon Bay. 37°58′03″S 145°00′28″E / 37.967487°S 145.00789°E / -37.967487; 145.00789 (HMVS Cerberus)
SS Cheviot 19 October 1887 A steamship that was wrecked near Point Nepean. 38°18′51″S 144°39′51″E / 38.31417°S 144.66417°E / -38.31417; 144.66417 (SS Cheviot)
SS City of Launceston 19 November 1865 A steamship that collided with SS Penola at Port Phillip. 38°4′33″S 144°49′31″E / 38.07583°S 144.82528°E / -38.07583; 144.82528 (SS City of Launceston)
MS City of Rayville 8 November 1940 A steamship that hit a mine off Cape Otway. 38°51′S 143°39′E / 38.850°S 143.650°E / -38.850; 143.650 (MS City of Rayville)
Curlip 3 March 1919 A paddle steamer that was washed out to sea in a flash flood, and stranded on a beach at Marlo.
Earl of Charlemont 18 June 1853 A passenger ship that ran aground off Barwon Heads. 38°18′33.43″S 144°29′28.59″E / 38.3092861°S 144.4912750°E / -38.3092861; 144.4912750 (Earl of Charlemont (ship))
Falls of Halladale 14 November 1908 A barque that ran onto the rocks near Peterborough. 38°36′30″S 142°51′26″E / 38.6082°S 142.8571°E / -38.6082; 142.8571 (Falls of Halladale)
HMAS Goorangai 20 November 1940 A minesweeper that collided with Duntroon at Port Phillip. 38°17′34″S 144°40′57″E / 38.29278°S 144.6825°E / -38.29278; 144.6825 (HMAS Goorangai)
HMVS Gordon 14 November 1914 A torpedo boat that was rammed and sunk at Port Phillip.
Joseph H. Scammell 7 May 1891 A full rigged ship that ran aground on a reef off Torquay. 38°20′31″S 144°19′54″E / 38.34194°S 144.33167°E / -38.34194; 144.33167 (Joseph H. Scammell)
TSS Kanowna 19 February 1929 One of Victoria's largest shipwrecks, found in 2005 in Bass Strait.
Lady Mary Pelham 31 August 1849 A brig that was beached at Port Fairy.
Lightning 31 October 1869 An extreme clipper that caught fire and was scuttled off Geelong. 38°8′24″S 144°22′7″E / 38.14000°S 144.36861°E / -38.14000; 144.36861 (Lightning (clipper))
Loch Ard 1 June 1878 Struck Mutton Bird Island. 38°38′55″S 143°04′19″E / 38.64861°S 143.07194°E / -38.64861; 143.07194 (Loch Ard (ship))
SS Saros 23 December 1937 Ran aground at Point Hicks. 37°48′13″S 149°16′31″E / 37.80361°S 149.27528°E / -37.80361; 149.27528 (SS Saros)

Western Australia[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
SS Alacrity 1931 A tugboat that was wrecked in a storm in Cockburn Sound.
Alkimos May 1964 Greek merchant ship. 31°36′38″S 115°39′13″E / 31.61056°S 115.65361°E / -31.61056; 115.65361 (Alkimos (ship))
Batavia 4 June 1629 Dutch VOC merchant sailing ship. 28°29′25″S 113°47′36″E / 28.49028°S 113.79333°E / -28.49028; 113.79333 (Batavia (ship))
Belinda 19 July 1824 A brig that was wrecked off the Archipelago of the Recherche.
Centaur 9 December 1874 A brig that struck a reef near Perth. 31°51′50″S 115°42′40″E / 31.86376°S 115.711118°E / -31.86376; 115.711118 (Centaur (1849 ship))
City of York 12 July 1899 A barque that hit a reef off Rottnest Island. 31°59.72′S 115°29.25′E / 31.99533°S 115.48750°E / -31.99533; 115.48750 (City of York (barque))
HMAS Derwent 21 December 1994 A River-class destroyer escort that was sunk as an artificial reef.
SS Georgette 1 December 1876 A steamship that was wrecked at Calgardup Bay.
Koolama 3 March 1942 A merchant vessel that was bombed by Japanese aircraft and later capsized at Wyndham. The wreck was towed further out to sea in 1948.
MV Korean Star 20 May 1988 A Panamanian oil tanker that was lost off Cape Cuvier.
Kormoran 19 November 1941 German merchant raider scuttled after being damaged in battle by HMAS Sydney. 26°05′46″S 111°04′33″E / 26.09611°S 111.07583°E / -26.09611; 111.07583 (German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran)
Lady Elizabeth 30 June 1878 A barque that struck a reef off Rottnest Island.
HMAS Perth 24 November 2001 A Perth-class guided missile destroyer scuttled as a dive wreck off Albany. 35°05′06″S 117°57′36″E / 35.085°S 117.96°E / -35.085; 117.96 (HMAS Perth (D 38))
Sanko Harvest 14 February 1991 A bulk carrier that struck a reef off Esperance. 34°7.4′S 122°5.1′E / 34.1233°S 122.0850°E / -34.1233; 122.0850 (Sanko Harvest)
HMAS Swan 14 December 1997 A River-class destroyer escort that was sunk as a dive wreck off Dunsborough. 33°33′02″S 115°06′02″E / 33.55056°S 115.10056°E / -33.55056; 115.10056 (HMAS Swan (DE 50))
HMAS Sydney 19 November 1941 Leander class cruiser sunk in battle by the German merchant raider Kormoran. 26°14′31″S 111°12′48″E / 26.24194°S 111.21333°E / -26.24194; 111.21333 (HMAS Sydney (1934))
HMAS Torrens 14 June 1999 A River-class destroyer escort that was sunk as a target.
Tryall 25 May 1622 Honourable East India Company ship.
HMS Undine 25 March 1890 A gunboat that was wrecked in the King George Sound.
Vergulde Draeck 28 April 1656 Dutch VOC merchant sailing ship. 31°13.36′S 115°21.48′E / 31.22267°S 115.35800°E / -31.22267; 115.35800 (Vergulde Draeck)
HMAS Wallaroo 11 June 1943 A Bathurst-class corvette that collided with the Henry Gilbert Costin off Fremantle. 31°54′24″S 114°37′31″E / 31.90667°S 114.62528°E / -31.90667; 114.62528 (HMAS Wallaroo)
SS Xantho 1872 A steamship that sank off Gregory.
Zeewijk 9 June 1727 Dutch VOC merchant sailing ship. 28°54′30″S 113°49′0″E / 28.90833°S 113.81667°E / -28.90833; 113.81667 (Zeewijk)
Zuytdorp 1712 Dutch VOC merchant sailing ship. 27°11′10″S 113°56′13″E / 27.18611°S 113.93694°E / -27.18611; 113.93694 (Zuytdorp)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Lady Bowen Shipwreck, Great Barrier Reef". Calypsodive.com. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "South Australian shipwrecks", Encyclopedia of Australian Shipwrecks.
  3. ^ "Tasmanian shipwrecks", Encyclopedia of Australian Shipwrecks.

Further reading[edit]

  • Loney, J. K. (1993). Wrecks on the New South Wales Coast. Oceans Enterprises. ISBN 978-0-646-11081-3.
  • Bateson, Charles; Reed, AH; Reed, AW (1972). Australian Shipwrecks - Vol. 1 1622-1850. Sydney. ISBN 0-589-07112-2
  • Loney, J. K. (1980). Australian Shipwrecks Vol. 2 1851–1871. Sydney.
  • Loney, J. K. (1982). Australian Shipwrecks Vol. 3 1871–1900. Geelong, Vic: List Publishing.
  • Loney, J. K. (1987). Australian Shipwrecks Vol. 4 1901–1986. Portarlington, Vic: Marine History Publications.
  • Loney, J. K. (1991). Australian Shipwrecks Vol. 5 Update 1986. Portarlington, Vic: Marine History Publications.
  • Christopher, P. (2009). Australian Shipwrecks: a pictorial history. Axiom Publishing. Stepney, South Australia. ISBN 978 1 8647658 8 5 Reprinted 2012.
  • Hogarth, Christine (1985) Navigators and Shipwrecks: Australia's heritage in stamps. Melbourne: Australia Post

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