127-year-old shipwreck found on beach

By Michelle Draper

A missing piece of Victoria's maritime history has been uncovered, with the discovery of a 127-year-old shipwreck at a beach in the state's east.

The iron steamer Pretty Jane sank off Ninety Mile Beach near Lakes Entrance in 1882 after a series of misfortunes.

The ship collided with another vessel, hit a sandbar and became caught in a wild storm en route from Lakes Entrance to Melbourne.

All on board were saved, but the 34-metre-long Scottish-built vessel broke up and was never seen again until last month.

Parks Victoria rangers stumbled across the remnants of the ill-fated coastal trader on the beach at Loch Sport in East Gippsland in January.

Parts of the rusting iron frames and boiler of the Pretty Jane are now visible to beachgoers.


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