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Belle of Bunbry 1886


Belle of Bunbry 1886

Belle of Bunbury. Schooner, 42 tons. Built Bunbury 1877. Lbd 54.9 x 16.9 x 7.2 ft. Sank near Cape Bouvard, WA, after striking a submerged rock off Penguin Island, south of Garden Island, 1886. Apparently she continued her voyage after first striking the rock and was more than 80 nautical miles south before she sank.

The Belle of Bunbury was a 42-ton coastal schooner which met her fate on the Murray Reefs near Penguin Island. She struck a rock just off Penguin Island and sailed on for only 80 metres before sinking in 6 metres of water. No lives were lost though the cargo of 6 tons of potatoes and 70 bales of wool could not be salvaged.

Research by students from Rockingham Senior High School

Recreational dive information: The wreck of Belle of Bunbury, which lies in 6 to 7 metres of water on a sand bottom, consists mainly of scattered timbers., Max Depth 6 metres. Visibility 2.1 metres, approximate position is GPS: S 32°18.7386, E 115°41.4013


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Any boat with divers operating from it must always display signals by day or night to inform other boat users. visit iMarine for more information.

Recreational fishing information: Fishing is unknown around this wreck, please re frame from dropping your anchor on to the wreck, help preserve the wreck by doing the right thing


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