Shipwreck Position Database - share your information

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As part of this project we have put together an extensive GPS waypoint list including approximately 270 known shipwreck sites and 126 known scuttled vessels.

All data that was not already in the WGS 84 datum has been converted to WGS 84 to provide a consistent approach and allow positions to be readily displayed in Google Earth or to be uploaded into any GPS device. Because data has come from numerous sources, accuracy varies.

The most reliable GPS positions come from friends who have dived them, and these will place you directly over a wreck. Information of lesser quality includes positions taken from NSW Heritage’s "Shipwreck Atlas of NSW" or Tom Byron’s scuba guide books and charts, and can only be considered as "in the vicinity of". Generally the source of the information is listed in the comment section of the data, and groups or clusters of waypoint information show how the position of objects has been refined.

Display Options

For managing waypoints we have been using Garman’s MapSource with the Pacific Charts to maintain a database of over 3550 waypoints covering various categories of information including checked wreck positions, unchecked wreck positions and/or in the vicinity of wrecks, scuttled vessels and spots of interest to be checked as well as other categories. This information can be displayed below by selecting the appropriate tick box.

Additional seabed information is also available for some regions of NSW. Please check the radio box to display this information, zoom in, and this will be displayed. Bathymetry (both detail and deep water options below) shows the depth of an area in different colours. Backscatter refers to the amount of acoustic energy reflected back, and is useful for differentiating areas of differing sediment character or hardness, such as reef compared with sand. Shaded Relief, or hill-shading, simulates shadows on a raised relief map, giving the appearance of height

Display waypoints menu

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Download Waypoints (link) updated May 2014
Display Download Waypoints (link) updated Jan 2014
Display Download Waypoints (link) updated Jan 2014
Non Sub Echoes (link) updated Jul 2012
Download (link) updated Dec 2011
Download Waypoints (link) updated July 2011
Download Waypoints (link) updated July 2011
Download Waypoints (link) updated May 2014

Seabed information menu

Seabed Information currently sourced from

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage OEH Logo

Geoscience Australia 50m Multibeam Dataset Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence

Geoscience AustCreative Commons

additional data is also in the pipeline

Regions where Detailed information is currently available (NSW OEH)

Black Head (Hallidays Pt to Old Bar) Broughton Island, Bawley Pt to Murramurang Pt, Offshore Port Stephens (Bennett’s Beach to Boondelbah Is and Fingal Bay to Morna Point), Offshore Coffs Harbour (Coffs to Sawtell, Solitary Islands), Jervis Bay (Currarong to Drum & Drumsticks to Point Perpendicular to Bowen Island Moe’s Rock to Cape St George), Montague Island, Mullimburra (Congo to Bingie Bingie) Cape Hawke, Seal Rocks, Potato Pt, Batemans Bay Tollgates

Deep Water information (Geoscience Australia)

The Bathymetry is shaded from 0 to 2000m whilst the Shaded Relief has the sun shining from all of this data is from the 50m Multibeam Dataset of Australia 2012 (eg one data point every 50m)

(updated June 2013)

Wreck GPS Position & Data Download

You can see the exact position of each of the waypoints in a number of ways

1) Keep zooming in on the waypoint in this window, and read the wreck GPS coordinates of the cursor position is from the bottom of the map section of the screen.

2) Download the kml data file and launch it in Google Earth. In the side bar select the waypoint, and right click to display its properties latitude and longitude of the shipwreck.

3) These kml data files can be uploaded into most (if not all) GPS devices by useing waypoint transformation programs such as GPSBabel that convert the file to the Gamin or Navman etc. format so they can be uploaded into the GPS device.

How to find the Lat of a point from the kml files

You can download a pdf file which will give you step by step instructions of how to get a GPS positions from Google Earth files here.

Your Assistance Is Needed

Thanks to all who have given us the GPS positions of the shipwrecks along the NSW Coast in particular (in no order)

Max G, Rod P, Steve L, Scott L, Neil V, John F, Scott W, Dave A, Samir A, Tim S, Wayne H, Michael M, Derek M, Tom B, Peter T, Anne H, Mark R, Scott E and Geoff C (sorry if I missed someone)

All of these waypoints must be validated and further refined

If you have any Positions (corrected or new) of shipwrecks, Please please forward these to us to assist in refining the data, and making itavailable to all.

Scott & Steve

Contact Details

Click on dots and answer the question to see Scott's address.......and read the text to see the email address

Click on dots and answer the question to see Steve's address .......and read the text to see the email address