Victorian Shipwrecks – Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard – 1873 – 1878

Loch Ard

The Loch Ard was on the final stage of it’s voyage from Gravesend to Melbourne when sea mist obscured the land, causing the vessel to run into Mutton Bird Island, near Port Campbell, of the 54 people on board only 2 made it to shore. We witnessed sea mist on this trip and it is so thick, worse than fog. Loch Ard Gorge is one of the more infamous wreck sites, but I think that is more it’s sheer beauty, as there are far worse parts of the coast as we soon discovered.

The Loch Ard Disaster Prompted the authorities to deploy Rocket equipment and other lifesaving gear at Port Campbell. The Port Campbell rocket crew went to rescue the sailors of the Fiji and Newfield. The equipment was managed by the local police an housed at Port Campbell and Princetown.


There is no wrecking to be seen at the sight, but relics can be found in various museums; including the Loch Ard Peacock


The Napier – 1874 – 1878

The Steamship Napier was engaged to salvage the wreck of the Loch Ard, but itself came to grief while entering the harbour at Port Campbell inlet.