Coogee Maritime Trail

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Omeo shipwreck site

Omeo shipwreck site
Image copyright WA Museum 

The Western Australia Museum has worked with the City of Cockburn, Perth NRM and Murdoch University Divers to develop the Coogee Maritime Trail.

This special trail invites visitors to explore some of Western Australia’s fascinating maritime archaeology and marine biology.

Officially opening on Sunday 26 February 2017, divers and snorkelers will have the opportunity to explore the historic Omeo shipwreck.

The Omeo lies 25 metres from the shore at Coogee Beach Reserve. Despite having several close wrecks, including a calamitous meeting with the Swan Spit Lighthouse in 1881, the Omeo did not meet its end until it parted cables and was driven ashore in 1905.

Additional land and sea attractions such as underwater sculptures, artificial reef structures and WA Museum artefacts form this interactive experience. Signage will also be installed along the trail, providing insights into the area.

Assistant Curator of Maritime Archaeology Ross Anderson said of the project:

The WA Museum is very excited to be part of this unique project that aims to build greater awareness within the community about the significance of our maritime heritage, maritime archaeology and marine life. The Coogee Maritime Trail is the first of its kind in Australia by including an historic shipwreck, underwater artwork and artificial reef components. It will be accessible to snorkelers and divers of all levels of experience, and will be a fantastic resource for education, recreation, marine biological and marine archaeological training.

The Museum is proud to be involved in this collaboration, which showcases many of the unique characteristics of the Western Australian coastline.

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About the Omeo

The Omeo was built in Newcastle, England in 1858, and had several near misses before becoming wrecked in a storm at Coogee Beach, South Fremantle in 1905.

The Omeo in collision with the Swan Spit Lighthouse, 1881

The Omeo in collision with the Swan Spit Lighthouse, 1881
Image courtesy of the State Library Victoria

Omeo, Young Australian and Bengal at Roper River 1872

Omeo, Young Australian and Bengal at Roper River 1872
Image copyright State Library of South Australia 

Still capture of the 3D Multi-Image Photogrammetry model of the SS Omeo

Still capture of the 3D Multi-Image Photogrammetry model of the SS Omeo, by Kevin Edwards as part of the 3DMAPPR initiative (MAAWA/Tempus Archaeology/WA Museum)
Image by Kevin Edwards, 3DMAPPR initiative  

 

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