The Rottnest Ships Graveyard is located in an area to the southwest of Rottnest Island. Since 1910 this area has been used as a place to sink a range of surplus equipment from boats to aeroplanes. There are 47 known vessels that were purposely sunk in the graveyard when they reached the end of their working life. The most recent scuttling was in 1994 when the former HMAS Derwent was sunk in 200m of water.
Click the markers below to link to each wreck we have surveyed
The majority of these wrecks are yet to be identified due their depths, which range from 58m to 200m of water. The depth makes accessing these wrecks challenging without specialised equipment and training. Jeremy Green and the WA Museum have previously undertaken historical research and maritime archaeological surveys in the Rottnest Ships Graveyard. The intent of the WreckSploration Team is to provide supplementary data to assist with the large body of work already done to date.
The initial research dives on these wrecks were carried out in 2003-2006 by Craig Campbell, Craig Challen, Craig James, Doug Friday, Karl Hall, Mike Caporn and Peter Balalas. Some of their initial work is still available on the Trimix Divers website
The WreckSploration Team is now undertaking a project with support from the WA Museum to go back to the Rottnest Ships Graveyard, and attempt to survey via photogrammetry select wreck sites that hold significant interest and historical value to the WA Museum and community at large.
Although this will not be the first time some of these wrecks have been dived, if successful, this will be the first time many of these wrecks have been positively identified and surveyed with this new technology, enabling 3D models of the wrecks to be seen by the general public.
Ex HMAS Junee
(Graveyard Site 02)
The first of these wrecks to be surveyed was the Ex HMAS Junee, a converted minesweeper that was fitted out for naval training and then scuttled at the end of useful service in 1968 in 83m depth.
Read more about the Ex HMAS Junee Here
Dived and modeled 22/12/22
ss Cape Otway
(Graveyard Site 01)
Sold out of service April 1963 to J. Krasnostein & Co. Wrecked: West of Rottnest in the Ships Graveyard. 85m deep.
Read more about the SS Cape Otway Here
The 60m Clipper
(Graveyard Site 06 Unidentified)
“The Clipper” as it is colloquially known by the dive community, or “Graveyard (Site 06) Unidentified” in the WA Museum Shipwreck Database. 65m deep.
Read more about the The Clipper Here
The KOS VII
(Graveyard Site 05)
This wreck to our best knowledge is the Koz 7, ex whale chaser in 82m of water. She is a small wreck being 116 ft long and 24ft wide.
Read more about the the Kos VII Here
(Graveyard Site 03)
Identified as a result of the WreckSploration model; the Sesa (ex Mallowdale) was an iron ship built by the Lune Shipbuilding Company at Lancaster. In about 1889.
Read more about the The Sesa Here
(Graveyard Site 15)
The wreck of the Commiles. A trawler and wartime navy vessel.
Read more about the the Commiles Here
The A-FRAME Barge
(Graveyard Site 10)
An unknown barge that used to have an A-Frame on one side
Read more about the the A-Frame Barge Here