S.S. Courier

Location: Port Phillip Heads
State: VIC
Date Sank: 1928
Vessel Type: Single screw steam ship
Construction Material: Steel
Max Depth: 42
Average Depth: 40
Average Visibility: 10
Diver Qualification: Deep
Access Type: BOAT
Directions: Contact Dive Victoria on (03)59843155
Wreck Description: The S.S. Courier By Brett Morgan Just before the turn of last century, excursions around Port Phillip Bay had grown in popularity immensely. A Melbourne based shipping company (Huddart/Parker & Co.) commissioned the building of a purpose built steam ship to deal with the tourist trade. The S.S. Courier was born. She was built in Scotland by C.S. Swan & Hunter, launched in late 1887, the Courier arrived in Melbourne in January 1888 to compete with a rival steamship the Edina (owned by Howard Smith). This steel single screw steamer displaced 728 tons, steam power was supplied to 3x320 nominal horse power engines via two massive boilers. Her official operating number was registered in Melbourne as 95231. She had an uneventful career and economics (high operating costs) forced her withdrawal from operating service in November 1927. The S.S. Courier was sold to ship breakers Morris & Watts and stripped of all valuable metals, (copper, brass, etc) fittings and engines in December 1927. The faithful 41 year old tourist transport was towed through Port Phillip Heads on March 29 1928. Explosive charges in place, her innards were blown apart and she was allowed to slip gracefully beneath the waves of Bass Strait. The S.S. Courier Today The SS Courier now lies on a sandy bottom in 42 metres of water. Her bow is fully intact and divers are able to penetrate three levels. The smoking section of the ship is the most impressive. Mosaic tiles grace the floor, displaying craftsmanship that is rarely seen today. Her deck has still got its original wooden planking in place, hard to believe it