Golden Beach, Gippsland National Park - two wrecks in two years

Posted by barbara on December 20, 2014


Ninety Mile Beach, Gippsland, Victoria


Victoria's Ninety Mile Beach was no stranger to shipwrecks during the shipping era when the only means of transport to the 'land downunder' was via a sailing ship or paddlesteamer.


Sailing under a lee shore interpretive sign


A short walk to Ninety Mile Beach from this Golden Beach interpretive sign, not one but two ships came to grief within a few years of each other. In 1879 the iron sailing barque Trinculo was driven ashore during a gale, thankfully with no lives lost.

Less than two years later, the PS Payensville, an iron framed wooden-planked paddle steamer, was forced to beach just to the west of the Trinculo in March 1881 after leaving Lakes Entrance and springing a leak. 


The remains of the iron barque Trinculo, embedded into the shifting sands of Ninety Mile Beach. September 2014 


While the vertical iron shafts of the Trinculo are exposed to a more or lesser extent, depending on the movements of the tides and sands, there was no sign of the wreck of the 41 ton paddlesteamer in September 2014.


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