With the discovery of gold in 1851, Melbourne soon became a major entry point to Australia.

By the end of the year and the following year, the demand for passage to Australia rose considerably.

Captain Marr of the barque Britomart reported sighting wreckage drifting in Bass Strait that may have been from the missing vessel. Involved in collision with steamer Leura, Port Phillip Bay, 4 September 1908. Purchased by Port Phillip Sea Pilots in 1924 and renamed Akuna. On 11 February 1913, a vessel of this name was involved in collision with barque Arnoldus Vinnen, near Williamstown, Port Phillip.

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With respect to shipping losses, Victoria can be considered in three parts - Port Phillip and its entrance, and Westernport, in the middle of the state; the rich pastures of Gippsland to the east, and the beautiful rugged coastline of the Great Oceans Road to the west.

We should also consider the Bass Strait islands - King Island, the Furneaux Group and the Kent Group - they are listed separately (and are, incidentally, part of Tasmania).

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.

Destroyed a drifting mine six miles from Cape Everard, eastern Victoria, 23 February 1919.

Ran on to the Port Albert bar early in March and could not be refloated, March 1852.

In June 1912, towed free the stranded steamer Leura in Lady Bay, Warrnambool.

Left Sydney on a cruise to Melbourne, and was returning in thick weather when she ran on to Beware Reef off Point Hicks, eastern Victoria, 1 September 1926.

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.