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As a result of the loss of the Cambridge, ordered to search for a possible minelayer in Bass Strait, 1941. Wreckage found spread along the beaches around Loch Ard Gorge, west coast Victoria. The Port Phillip district of New South Wales was declared a separate colony and named Victoria, on 1 July 1851. Wrecked at Tarwin, Gippsland coast, 8 December 1934. [LG],[ASR - 28 tons, wrecked Cape Liptrap, 30 November 1934],[LV] Ada. Disappeared from Australian Shipping Register after 1915. Melbourne grew into a vibrant metropolis, and trade between Melbourne and Sydney prospered. Sailed from Sydney 11 December 1809, for New Zealand sealing grounds, landing a aprty of sealers on the west coast. [ASR],[LG],[LPA - built 1865],[LPW - 19 tons],[LV] In 1869, stranded at Lakes Entrance, Gippsland coast; apparently salvaged and returned to service.
By the end of the year and the following year, the demand for passage to Australia rose considerably. Westernport and Phillip Island have been included in this main list. The vessels scuttled in Bass Strait have been included in the Port Phillip listing. Victoria, of all states, seems to have the most documented shipwreck data, in public format at least. The western coast of Victoria contains, I am sure, more shipwrecks by number and tonnage than any other stretch of coast in Australia. Was being towed out over the bar at Lakes Entrance by the steamer Rose Of Sharon when the tow rope was cast off with the vessel still in a dangerous position, and she foundered, 12 November 1889. They were the first casualties of the new entrance.
And yet the loss of life has not been exceedingly high, with forty-nine lost with the wreck of the ship Loch Ard near Port Campbell in 1878 being the greatest, and the Children, at Childers Cove further west, with 38 lives: the 'top ten' wrecks in terms of loss of life resulted in 221 lives give or take one or two.
Access to coastal towns such as Port Albert, Warrnambool and Portland was quicker by ship until roads improved and the the motor vehicle dominated land transport. Lost at sea with all hands after leaving New Zealand to return to Sydney, 1810.