Warilda

Depth : 40 - 50m

Built in 1912 by William Beardmore of Glasgow for the Adelaide Steamship Company, the 7,713 ton, 415ft Warilda was originally intended for the East-West Australian coastal service. Following the outbreak of war in Europe she was requisitioned by the Admiralty and used firstly as a troop ship in 1915 and then as a hospital ship in 1916. On the 3 August 1918 , while transporting 700 wounded soldiers from Le Havre to Southampton , she was torpedoed by the German submarine UC 49. A total of 123 lives were lost making this wreck an official war grave. Today the Warilda lies in 50 metres, standing 8-10 metres proud with a 45 degree list to port. She is still fairly intact but the presence of a large trawler net means that extra care needs to be taken on this wreck. Sitting some 36 nautical miles offshore, visibility is usually excellent. ďA stunning wreck, steeped in history."