Earl of Charlemont Anchor
(Barwon Heads Park), Ewing Blyth Drive

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The Earl of Charlemont departed from Liverpool, England, for Melbourne and Sydney   on 13 March, 1853 with 406 passengers on board.

 

 

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The vessel struck a rock  off Barwon Heads (now Charlemont) Reef on 18 June, 1853, on a night when 'the  sea was calm and the Captain "had the advantages of the moon and a quiet, clear  night.'  

 

All except one passenger survived the wreck and some of the passengers, including Josiah Bean, settled in Barwon Heads. This anchor lay dormant on the  Charlemont Reef until is was raised by the Barwon Grove Skindivers on 25 June, 1972

 

 

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