Access to coastal towns such as Port Albert, Warrnambool and Portland was quicker by ship until roads improved and the the motor vehicle dominated land transport. Lost at sea with all hands after leaving New Zealand to return to Sydney, 1810. Bay ferries continued to run on Port Phillip, between Melbourne, Portarlington, Geelong, Queencliff, Portsea, Sorrento, Rye and Frankston well into the 1950s. [LSS],[LG],[AS1] In 1809, 11 June, stranded at Western Port, Gippsland coast; refloated and returned to Sydney. The western coast of Victoria contains, I am sure, more shipwrecks by number and tonnage than any other stretch of coast in Australia. Was being towed out over the bar at Lakes Entrance by the steamer Rose Of Sharon when the tow rope was cast off with the vessel still in a dangerous position, and she foundered, 12 November 1889. They were the first casualties of the new entrance.
On 4 August 1875, involved in collision with schooner Gippslander, Hobsons Bay, Port Phillip.
Hit the Fourth River bar, Tasmania, and continued her journey but dissapered at sea, 1850. In 1870, saw wreckage, possibly ship Harlech Castle.
That morning he was found unconscious on the beach near Sorrento by four young ladies, partially dressed and half hidden in the sand.
Temporarily replaced SS Despatch on the Gippsland-Melbourne run in 1893 whilst the despatch was refitted. Foundered in a tremendous gale with mountainous seas off Jubilee Point near Cape Schanck, Gippsland coast, 28 December 1893. The one survivor, Robert Ponting, grasped portion of a cabin door and clung to for sixteen hours in the water before staggering on to the beach about 15 km from where the Alert foundered.
Noted shipwreck historian Jack Loney lived on the west coast and later at Portarlington in Port Phillip, and most of his work was on the wrecks off the Victorian coast: three main publications are used as a base here, [LV], [LG], [LO], with several other monographs on individual wrecks and regions.
Noble [NH], and Bateson [AS1] contribute significantly to the historic record. As a result of the loss of the Cambridge, ordered to search for a possible minelayer in Bass Strait, 1941. Wreckage found spread along the beaches around Loch Ard Gorge, west coast Victoria. With respect to shipping losses, Victoria can be considered in three parts - Port Phillip and its entrance, and Westernport, in the middle of the state; the rich pastures of Gippsland to the east, and the beautiful rugged coastline of the Great Oceans Road to the west. We should also consider the Bass Strait islands - King Island, the Furneaux Group and the Kent Group - they are listed separately (and are, incidentally, part of Tasmania). The Port Phillip district of New South Wales was declared a separate colony and named Victoria, on 1 July 1851. Wrecked at Tarwin, Gippsland coast, 8 December 1934. [LG],[ASR - 28 tons, wrecked Cape Liptrap, 30 November 1934],[LV] Ada. Disappeared from Australian Shipping Register after 1915.