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The SS PEricles

The SS Pericles

The sinking of The SS Pericles is documented on the WA Museum website here and on Wikipedia here. Information from these sites is summarised below..

  • The SS Pericles was built under Special Survey at a cost of £240 000 and launched on 21 December 1907
  • In 1910 the SS Pericles was wrecked off the coast of Western Australia, but without loss of life. Federal Australian law now protects the wreck off Augusta for its historic significance. The wreck lies in 35m of water.
  • 152.6m long, 19.0m beam, and 12.0m draught, with a double bottom for the full length of her hull and eight watertight compartments to help keep her afloat in case her hull was breached.
  • Twin screws were driven by quadruple-expansion steam engines with a combined rated power output of 1075 NHP.
  • At 1532 hrs on 31 March the SS Pericles was off the coast of Western Australia, steaming at 14 knots (26 km/h) in good visibility, when she struck a then-uncharted rock off St Alouarn Island, 3+1⁄2 nautical miles (6.5 km) southeast of Cape Leeuwin, the most south-westerly point on the Australian mainland. She passed over the rock but the forward plates of her hull were damaged, and despite the double hull and watertight compartments this lead to her loss.
  • No human lives were lost in the sinking, with the only fatality being the ships cat.
  • Despite extensive searches at the time the pinnacle of rock has never been located.

Modeled by WreckSploration 17/5/2024

A significant amount of data collection is needed to finish this model due to the size. The site is over 150m long and the engines 10m high, see the cray pot at the bottom of one of the engines to get a sense of scale. Strong currents and limited visibility made this model a challenge in the short time we had available. Hopefully we can get back to this in 2025.

3D Model


Static Images

Historical images

GPS Position and orientation

Access the details from the WA Museum Shipwreck Database Here

Access the details from Here