|The 'Falls of Halladale'|
Length: 275 feet 2 inches (83.9 metres)
Beam: 41 feet 6 inches (12.7 metres)
Depth: 23 feet 9 inches (7.3 metres)
Built in 1886 in Glasgow,.Scotland
2085 tons barque. Wrecked near Peterborough in
1908. All 29 on board survived.
The 'Falls of Halladale' left New York for Melbourne and Sydney in 1908 with a large general cargo,
and on the night of Nov. 14th. struck a reef west of Peterborough.|
Captain Thompson, was found guilty of careless navigation and failing to take necessary action to save the ship and was suspended for 6 months.
The wreck is one of Victoria's largest wreck sites due to the size of the barque and the fact the wrekage is strewn over a considerable distance.
The majority of the wreck site is in less than 10 metres of water and can be seen from the surface by snorkel divers.
American roofing slate recovered from the wreck can be seen on the rooves of eight buildings at the Warrnambool Maritime Museum. and the huge anchor is also on display.
A Shipwreck Trail plaque at Peterborough marks the spot where the 'Falls of Halladale rests.
Information on the 'Falls of Halladale' was compiled from the book 'Exploring Shipwrecks of Western Victoria', by Peter Ronald. Published by The Osburne Group, Warrnambool, 3280. Victoria.