Since the first sailors came to the colony, the Victorian coastline has proved fatal to many ships, wooden and iron sailing ships, then steamers, ran aground, struck reefs, collided, foundered or sank.
Some were refloated and saw further service, while others (like the mysterious 'Mahogany Ship') are still undisturbed by salvage or exploration.
The story of man's fight against the sea holds a perennial fascination, and the boats he lost are perhaps as they were against a dramatic background of howling wind and pounding sea.
Jack Loney gives an admirably succinct account of all known wrecks in Victorian waters, supplying details of tonnage, location and conditions, as well as easily-used indexes and cross-reference. All lovers of the sea, as well as naval historian, will find this an absorbing book.
1. The Far West Cape
2. Wrecks Around Cape Otway
3. Cape Otway to Port Phillip Heads
4. Wrecks at Port Phillip Heads
5. Burnings and Collisions in Port Phillip
6. Port Phillip Heads to Westernport
7. Around Wilson's Promontory
8. Port Albert to Lakes Entrance
9. Lakes Entrance to Cape Howe
10. Bass Strait and the Kent Group
11. King Island
12. Shipwreck Heroes
13. Men Against the Sea
14. Encyclopedia of Vessels Exceeding 100 Tons Gross Lost or Missing
15. List of Vessels Less Than 100 Tons Gross Lost of Missing
Appendix A. Heaviest Lost of Life
Appendix B. Lighthouses, Lifeboats and Rocket Equipment
Appendix C. Vessels Exceeding 500 Tons, Stranded but Refloated
Appendix D. Worst Years
Appendix E. Recorded Wrecks at Major Points of Settlement