Shipwreck Mulitbeam Images - Newcastle Wrecks

There are over 200 wrecks off Newcastle, which is situated at the entrance to the Hunter River, Newcastle developed as a major port due to the discovery of coal in the region in 1797 with many of the wrecks occuring at the entrance to Port on the infamous Oyster Bank

Most of these vessels are still to be found and identified

Newcastle Ports Corporation have consucted a number of Multibeam sounder survays of some of the known wrecks in the region

LVT(4)A

The Landing Vehicle Tracked was a class of amphibious vehicles introduced by the United States Navy during World War II. Originally intended as cargo carriers for ship to shore operations, they evolved into assault troop and fire support vehicles as well

The wreck of the LVT(A)-4 was an armoured version introduced in 1944. It weighed 18.1 tonnes and was 7.95 m long. It lies in an Easterly direction in 31.7m

At 02:00 on the 8th March 1954, with a forecast of good conditions, a move of the regiment by water from Wave Trap Beach to Mungo Brush had begun. After 45 minutes, the convoy of 21 vehicles struck unpredicted and dramatic changes in the weather causing monstrous seas. By daylight a total of eight vehicles had foundered (including 5 LVT(A)4’s) and three lives were lost

LVT(4)ALVT(4)A Wreck

Yarra Yarra

The Yarra Yarra was built in Scotland in 1851, weighed 555 tons and was 55.9 m long. The wreck lies upright in a Northerly direction in 13.5m of water. The iron paddle steamer foundered in a gale whilst trying to re-enter Newcastle Harbour on the 14th July 1877. After initially setting sail for Sydney with 18 crew and 500 tons of coal on board, disaster struck after severe seas forced its return to Newcastle. The vessel lost steerage and turned broadside to the waves when it heeled over and sank by the stern. There were no survivors

Wreck of the Yarra Yarra from Above

Wreck of the Yarra Yarra from Above

Wreck of the Yarra Yarra Looking North

Wreck of the Yarra Yarra Looking North

Wreck of Yarra Yarra Looking West

Wreck of Yarra Yarra Looking West

Davenport

The Davenport was built in 1912 in the USA, weighed 911 tons and was 60.9 m long. The wreck is lying on its side in a North Easterly direction in 9.5m of water The wooden screw steamer caught fire on the 4th October 1943 near the Oyster Bank, about 90m from the wreck of the Adolphe. The vessel was towed to sea where it foundered

Balls Head Small Wreck Side Scan image

Davenport Looking North

Davenport Wreck Looking South

Davenport Wreck Looking South

Davenport Wreck Looking West

Davenport Wreck Looking West