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Mutton Bird Island, Loch Ard Gorge, east of Port Campbell

VHR Number


Date lost

01 Jun 1878

Year of construction


Official number


Statement of Significance

The Loch Ard is historically significant as one of Victoria and Australia's worst shipwreck tragedies. It is archaeologically significant for its remains of a large international passenger and cargo ship. It is highly educationally and recreationally significant as one of Victoria's most spectacular diving sites, and popular tourist sites in Port Campbell National Park.

Physical Description  
Construction Material Iron
Hull Details One bulkhead, cemented 1873, two decks
Propulsion Sail
Number of Masts 3
Length / Breadth / Depth 263.7 Feet / 38.3 Feet / 23.0 Feet
Builder Charles Connell and Co./ Barclay, Curdle & Co.
Built Date 1873
Built Port / Country Scotstoun, Glasgow / Scotland
Registration Number 101 of 1873
Registration Port / Country Glasgow / Scotland

The wreck of the 1693 ton iron clipper Loch Ard is one of Victoria's best known and tragic shipwrecks. Nearing the end of a voyage from Gravesend to Melbourne, the Loch Ard sank after striking Mutton ... more

Voyage Details  
Date Lost 01 Jun 1878
Voyage from Gravesend to Melbourne

2375 tons general cargo, miscellaneous items including straw hats, umbrellas, perfumery, clay pipes, pianos, clocks confectionary, linen, candles; also industrial cargo including railway iron, cemebt, ... more

Owner General Shipping Co, managed by Aitkin, Lilburn and Co.
Master of Vessel Capt. George Gibb
Weather conditions

night, calm, mist

Cause of Loss

Ran into coastal cliffs after fog prevented navigational fixes being made

Further Details  
Number of Passengers 17
Comments on Passenger

conflicting data in newspaper sources, one source says 15 passengers

Number of Crew Members 37
Comments on Crew Members

conflicting data in newspaper sources, one source has 40 crew

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