The SS Alert was a steamship that sunk off Cape Schanck, Victoria, Australia on 28 December 1893. The ship was built for the gentle waters of Scottish lochs and was almost 51 m (167 ft) long and weighed 247 tonnes.
After the Alert sunk the ship laid for 113 years on the ocean floor until being rediscovered in June 2007 by a team from Southern Ocean Exploration.
The Alert was built at Glasgow in 1877 and later sailed to Australia as a three-masted schooner with her funnel and propeller stowed in the hold. After a few years on the Melbourne-Geelong route she temporarily replaced the SS Despatch on the Gippsland-Melbourne run in 1893 whilst the Despatch was being refitted.
During a gale, the ship set out from Lakes Entrance bound for Melbourne via Port Albert and later encountered hurricane-force southerly winds and mountainous seas. Of the 16 people on board, the only survivor was Robert Ponting, the ship's cook, who was washed ashore at Sorrento Back Beach after clinging to a portion of cabin door.
- Doherty, Ben (2007-06-12). "Deep thrill for Alert adventurers". The Age. http://www.theage.com.au/news/in-depth/deep-thrill-for-alert-adventurers/2007/06/12/1181414296935.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1.
- "Shipwrecks of Victoria". http://oceans1.customer.netspace.net.au/vic-wrecks.html.
- "Alert". Heritage Council of Victoria. http://vhd.heritage.vic.gov.au/vhd/heritagevic#detail_ships;17.
- "Jubilee Point, Vic: Shipwreck in Gale". EMA Disasters Database. Australian Government. http://www.ema.gov.au/ema/emadisasters.nsf/c85916e930b93d50ca256d050020cb1f/9417bd8eea5b877aca256d3300058364?OpenDocument.
- Video of the discovery of the Alert
- State Library of Victoria: The Foundering of the S.S. Alert Vic. (illustration)
- Southern Ocean Exploration: SS Alert
- "A Scottish secret surfaces". The Age. 2007-06-13. http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/06/12/1181414299928.html.
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