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

Posted by barbara on December 20, 2014

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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.

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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. 

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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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