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Dived for the first time by WreckSploration and lying in 117m of water Site 36 has been identified by Aurora and Ross of the WA Museum as The Gunga

Weighing 1,201 gross tons, and 257’6″ x 32’2″ x 20’1″. The Gunga was an Iron steamship brig rigged with 2 masts. Built by C & W Earle, Hull as a passenger ship for the Bombay & Bengal Steamship Co., Liverpool.

From Dr Ross Anderson and Aurora Philpin (WA Museum):

  • SS Gunga, built 1864 Hull UK, iron 2 decks, two masts brig-rigged with clipper bow, dimension 78.1m length, poop deck 61 feet (18.5m), compound steam engine
  • 1881 – engine removed and converted to hulk in Sydney NSW for Australasian Steam Navigation Company
  • 1 December 1912 – sunk outside Fremantle/‘north of Fremantle’.
  • Site 36 has 2 decks, 2 masts, clipper bow 77m length, propeller aperture, small probable engine room and boiler room
    hatches, evidence of conversion from steamship.
  • Scuttled in 1912 north of Rottnest Island, prior to declaration of Commonwealth Area No.7 dumping ground.

Owned in 1868 by W D Moss. 1871 R D Sassoon & Hornsteldt, who had her refitted to be of 1,257 gross tons and 798 net. Sold 1877 to Larrieu & Roque, registered Saigon. 1877 ASNCo after perhaps under charter doing the Australia – Hong Kong route. Worked most of their Australian coastal runs, as well as taking in the Fiji trade. Of AUSN Co 1887. Hulked at Fremantle 1896 and scuttled off Fremantle, Western Australia 1st December 1912.

This model was made possible due to the support of our sponsors for the 2023/2024 season.
Advantage Air Australia
Dodd Group
Mondo Electronics
Funding for this dive was contributed to by WA Heritage Council.

Dived and modelled 15/6/2024

3D Model


Static Images

Historical images

Private Log of the SS Gunga HERE

GPS Position and orientation


Access the details from the WA Museum Shipwreck Database Here

Access the details from Here