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Contest 1874


Contest 1874

On 3 June 1874, Contest arrived in Fremantle from Darwin and was taken down to anchorage at Rockingham three days later. The vessel discharged a cargo including 50 tons of coal, 75 bags of copper ore, eight mail bags and ballast.

The Contest was a barque of 322 tons and was loading sleepers for South Australia. Captain Allen had disobeyed regulations and shifted it's berth to discharge ballast . The hull was then damaged when she ran aground near the present day Palm Beach launching ramp due to a shift in wind direction. Its remains lie beneath the shallows at Palm Beach.

Research by students from Rockingham Senior High School

Recreational dive information: The wreck site is located approximately 50 metres offshore from the western boat launching ramp, Palm Beach, Dive Rating Open water, Max Depth 3.9 meters, Visibility unknown, Dive Type boat,  approximate position is GPS: S 115°43.4900, E 32°16.000


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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 knowing to be good 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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