White Cliffs, Rye, Port Phillip Bay

VHR Number


Date lost

06 Aug 1852

Year of construction


Official number


Statement of Significance

The vessel is of historical significance as it was an early Australian built coastal trader constructed during the early 1840s. Due to the unknown location of the wreck it is impossible to assess whether it has any archaeological significance, however it may reveal important information about the construction of these unique vessels.

Physical Description  
Construction Material Wood
Rig Schooner
Hull Details One deck, standing bowsprit, square stern, carvel built, no galleries, no figurehead.
Propulsion Sail
Number of Masts 2
Length / Breadth / Depth 39.3 Feet / 10.8 Feet / 5.5 Feet
Built Date 1841
Built Port / Country Exeter River, Tasmania / Australia
Registration Number 9 of 1846
Registration Port / Country Melbourne / Australia
Former Details of Registration 5 of 1841
Engaged in lime trade. Wrecked in strong northerly gale, force 10.
Voyage Details  
Date Lost 06 Aug 1852
Voyage from White Cliffs to Melbourne
Owner George Ward Cole, merchant, of Melbourne, 10/10/1846
Master of Vessel Captain Joseph Theobold, 11/06/1851
Weather conditions
Strong northerly gale (UID 23, 52) , Force 10 (UID: 132)
Cause of Loss
Dragged anchors in a strong northerly gale and went ashore at White cliffs, Rye, in Port Phillip Bay VIC on 6th August 1852, becoming a total wreck.
Further Details  
Number of Passengers 0
Comments on Passenger
Possibly none
Number of Crew Members 3

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