SHARK 1899-1939

Description:

Hopper Barge

Owner:

Harbours Department refitted circa1913 as Dredge

Construction:

Steel

Sunk:

1939

Size:

4200 tonnes length 88.0ft beam 22.0ft depth 9.5ft

Underwater:

SNORKEL DIVE: The site consists of above water sections and underwater some sections remain intact and offer interesting snorkel viewing. Note: as the wreck is in shallow water and surrounded by reef, access is treacherous for boat and suggested from shore only. The site is protected from most swell

Built:

State Railway Works in 1899 as Barge

Location:

located approximately 25 metres from shore adjacent to a reef platform off Henrietta rocks in Porpoise Bay. The vessel is resting in about 2.5 metres of water on a thin layer of sand, immediately underneath Lookout Point

Sinking:

She went aground en route to scuttling in the Rottnest graveyard on Friday 10 Feb 1939 when the towing hawser got caught around the launch Myrtle’s propeller in the surge from the heavy swell. The barge was cut away, and drifted ashore at Henrietta Rocks, while a passing launch towed the Myrtle into Thompson’s Bay. As SHARK was being scuttled anyway, there was no real pressure to recover her, and indeed nothing further was done.

Longitude:

115.54148

Latitude:

-32.01361

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